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Covid admissions began rising before pubs re-opened, new data shows

Weekly covid hospital admissions increased the day before the latest step in the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, according to analysis of NHS England data.


Covid patients in hospital declining much faster in south and east than in north

The number of covid positive hospital patients is dropping almost twice as fast in the south and east than it is in the north.

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Trust CEO quits after investigation uncovers ‘really concerning’ governance failings

The long-serving chief executive of a community and mental health trust has resigned, amid official reviews into allegations of multiple financial and governance failings, HSJ has learned.


NHS launches major recruitment drive in Hong Kong

The NHS has launched a major recruitment drive for nurses in Hong Kong, where around 5.4 million residents have recently been given special rights to settle and work in the UK.


Revealed: Most Nightingales in £500m programme to close

England’s Nightingale hospitals will be “stood down” from providing beds for covid-19 patients by next month, with some of the facilities set to be used for other purposes.

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Still a third more patients in critical care than last winter

The number of critical care patients in England is still significantly more than was seen last year, despite occupancy coming down across the country, HSJ analysis shows.

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Exclusive: Sharp drop in patient goodwill towards NHS since autumn

Patient positivity about NHS hospital services suffered a sharp drop during the autumn, and satisfaction with access is now well below pre-pandemic levels, according to analysis exclusively shared with HSJ.

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Tributes paid to ‘exceptional’ national A&E leader ‘who will be remembered forever’

NHS leaders and former colleagues have paid emotional tributes to Clifford Mann, the national clinical adviser for accident and emergency care, who passed away on Saturday.

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The 19 health systems with less than 5pc of beds available for non-covid patients

Nearly half of England’s health systems have scant space in general hospitals for non-covid patients as they juggle beds between covid and non-covid services while running at high occupancy rates, an HSJ analysis of NHS data shows.

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Merging trusts seek digital investment with ‘40 new hospitals’ funds

Two acute and community trusts are considering spending part of their government-funded estates cash on a major digital transformation project, amid plans to merge into one organisation.


Exclusive: Critically ill covid patients moved between hospitals in record numbers

The number of critically ill covid-19 patients being transferred between hospitals under pressure from the third wave of the pandemic is on course to hit a record high in January, HSJ can reveal.


Exclusive: NHS has half the ‘empty’ beds available to non-covid patients than previously reported

Nearly half the general hospital beds previously reported as “unoccupied” by the NHS are not in fact available for non-covid patients, due to infection control measures, an HSJ analysis of new NHS data reveals.

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Region’s critical care occupancy up by a fifth in one week

The number of patients in critical care in the Midlands has grown by a fifth in a week, and is now 70 per cent more than in winter last year, HSJ analysis reveals.


Revealed: Nightingale hospitals to cost half a billion pounds in total

England’s Nightingale hospitals have been forecast to cost more than half a billion, according to the latest government projections.


Exclusive: Half of London’s hospital patients have covid-19

There are now more patients who have confirmed covid-19 in London’s acute hospitals as those who do not, after the need to treat people with the virus displaced thousands of other patients.

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Hard-hit region has more than twice as many critical care patients as last winter

One NHS region now has double the number of critical care patients it did last winter — and all areas are more full than last year — HSJ analysis shows.

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NHS forced into 'daily export' of critically-ill patients from covid-saturated trusts

Dozens of patients are being transferred between intensive care units every week as covid pressure mounts on hospitals, HSJ has been told.

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Covid infections caught in hospital rise by a third in one week

The number of people likely to have caught covid-19 in NHS hospitals in England has risen by more than a third in the last week.

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Exclusive: CQC to ramp up inspections of trusts’ infection control

Trusts’ infection control measures will be put under greater scrutiny by the Care Quality Commission, HSJ has been told.


Covid hospital admissions begin to rise again in the North as South explodes

Covid hospital admissions are now rising again in both the north west and north east and Yorkshire regions.