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First three ICS chief executives announced

Designate chief executives have been announced for three NHS integrated care boards, the first to be named ahead of integrated care systems being put on a statutory footing next year.

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Trust CEO predicts ‘unprecedented’ pressure will last a year

An acute trust CEO has predicted her organisation will be under extreme pressure for 12 months due to ‘relentless and stressful’ demand on services.

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Children’s intensive care at near full national occupancy amid rising RSV

A senior doctor has warned that paediatric intensive care units are ‘as pressured as I can ever recall’ – despite the absence of cold weather, which typically leads to higher demand levels.

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Four integrated care systems fail to appoint chairs

NHS England has been unable to appoint chairs for the NHS boards of four integrated care systems.

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Two regions see covid admissions increase by a quarter in one week

The South West and East of England regions have seen a sharp rise in covid admissions, with the former now outstripping the much larger London region.

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NHS records five-fold increase in covid admissions during summer months

The NHS in England saw five times more covid positive patients admitted to hospital in the second quarter of the 2021-22 financial year than in the first, analysis of official data by HSJ shows.

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Public satisfaction with A&E plummeting, suggests new research

Patient satisfaction levels in emergency departments have collapsed across England, according to new research.

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Trust’s ‘new hospital’ bid replaced with upgraded unit

The government has downgraded an acute trust’s hospital redevelopment plan, HSJ can reveal.

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Major spikes in hospital-acquired covid infections at two trusts

Two acute trusts have seen a spike in the number of covid infections that were probably acquired in hospital.

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Tech firm takes CCGs to court over ‘unlawful’ contract award

A US-backed tech firm has taken three clinical commissioning groups to court after claiming they ‘unlawfully’ awarded a contract to another company.

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CQC finds much-needed improvements after ‘never events’

Hospital inspectors have praised safety improvements at an acute trust which had been criticised for a string of never events over an eight-month period.

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Covid hospital occupancy hits new high for summer wave

The number of covid patients in English hospitals has hit a new high in this summer’s wave, leaping sharply over the weekend.

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Minority ethnic staff ‘told to adopt Western names’ by managers

Hospital line managers allegedly told staff from minority ethnic backgrounds to adopt ‘Western work names’ because their own were deemed ‘too difficult’ to pronounce, according to Care Quality Commission inspectors.

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NHSE to publish the carbon footprint of every trust and ICS

NHS England will publish each integrated care system’s carbon footprint before October, under plans to track progress against the health service’s sustainability programme.

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NHSE suspects trust managers abused position and acted in their own interests

NHS England/Improvement has set out suspected major governance failings, and a breach of the management consultancy cap, by an acute trust.


GMC to investigate doctor involved in high-profile patient death

A doctor involved in the care of a teenager whose death was subject to a mismanaged review process is set to face an investigation by the General Medical Council.

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Ethnic minority staff faced regular ‘discrimination and microaggressions’, report reveals

Attempts in a health economy to address inequality experienced by NHS patients and staff from an ethnic minority have had “limited effectiveness”, according to an external review.


Revealed: Most People Board chairs are women or have minority ethnic background

Half of the chairs of the new regional People Boards are from a minority ethnic background and the majority are also female, HSJ can reveal.

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ICS asks private providers for £10,000 contributions

An integrated care system is asking independent providers on its patch to pay a substantial annual fee to fund system ‘running costs’, HSJ  has learned.


Deaths of covid hospital patients hit record low

The deaths of covid positive patients in English hospitals has hit a record low.