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Exclusive: Public satisfaction with NHS maternity and A&E soars during pandemic

Public satisfaction with NHS hospital services has soared during the coronavirus pandemic despite the widespread cancellation of operations, the rapid switch to digital delivery and restrictions on visits, according to an exclusive analysis shared with HSJ.


Revealed: South East sees ‘striking’ levels of excess deaths at home

Parts of the South East saw ‘striking’’ levels of excess deaths occurring in people’s homes between July and October.

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Midlands sees sharp increase in covid admissions and deaths

Hospital admissions and deaths have risen sharply in the Midlands over the past week, according to HSJ’s analysis of NHS data.

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Trusts dismissive of ‘unsuitable’ Nightingales

Senior leaders have expressed concern that Nightingale hospitals in the North of England will not be suitable for patients during the covid-19 second wave, despite their remobilisation.

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Exclusive: Hospital covid mortality falls sharply during second wave

The proportion of covid positive patients who die after being admitted to hospitals has fallen dramatically between the first and second waves of the pandemic, exclusive HSJ analysis has discovered.

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Revealed: Thirty-five areas go backwards on key cancer target

Dozens of local commissioning areas have gone backwards on a key cancer metric over the last five years, an analysis of national data reveals.

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Exclusive: NHS England at loggerheads with Test and Trace over staff testing

The introduction of weekly covid tests for NHS staff in ‘high risk areas’ will mean other groups missing out or waiting longer, well-placed sources have told HSJ.

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Exclusive: Leaked data gives first view of growing cancer waiting list post covid peak

Official data from mid-September shows that nearly 6,400 people had waited more than 100 days following a referral to cancer services.


Hospital covid deaths triple since start of September

The running seven-day total of patients who have died with diagnosed or suspected covid-19 in English hospitals has risen from 41 on 3 September to 117 just over two weeks later.


Trust boss quits to run new primary care provider

An experienced trust boss is leaving his organisation to form a new primary care organisation.


Covid NHS incident level remains at three despite government alert

NHS England has confirmed the NHS incident level remains at three, despite the UK’s covid-19 alert level moving from three to four.

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Veteran NHS leader to chair Isle of Man care provider

A long-standing NHS chief executive and national agency leader has been appointed chair of a new board responsible for delivering health and care on the Isle of Man.


Covid hospital deaths disappear in a quarter of STPs

Hospitals in a quarter of the 43 sustainability and transformation partnership areas recorded zero deaths from covid-19 in the last month, the latest data has revealed.

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Exclusive: Major A&E shake-up plans to be rolled out in coming weeks

Pilots for a new urgent care model requiring walk-in patients to book slots in emergency departments are expected to be rolled out in at least one site in every health system in the coming weeks, HSJ has learned.

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Covid deaths soar in Manchester as government U-turns on restrictions

Covid hospital deaths in Greater Manchester are increasing sharply and now account for 40 per cent of the national total, an analysis by HSJ can reveal.

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Exclusive: NHSX to loosen grip over care record boundaries

Health systems will be given more control over developing shared patient records in their area, after an official review highlighted major barriers to progress, HSJ can reveal.


Revealed: £350m for first three months of Nightingale hospitals

Nearly £350m was earmarked by NHS England/Improvement for spending on England’s Nightingale hospitals, according to newly published contracts.

Cases continue to rise in North and Midlands

ealth economies in the North and Midlands are seeing rising or persistently high covid-19 case rates while a health system in the South West is showing a notable increase in cases.

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Exclusive: Mass expansion of rehab beds for covid planned

The NHS in the North West has been asked to prepare plans for up to 900 community-based beds for patients recovering from coronavirus and respiratory illnesses – as the “unsuitable” Nightingale Hospital has been mothballed.


Hospital deaths falling at fastest rate yet

Deaths from covid-19 in England’s hospitals are declining at the fastest rate yet, as the whole South West region sees one death in seven days.