NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG

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Exclusive: Ambulance service will collapse by August, predicts its nursing director

A struggling ambulance trust could face a ‘Titanic moment’ and collapse entirely this summer if the region’s worsening problems with hospital handover delays are not taken more seriously, its nursing director has told HSJ.

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Acute fined £1.3m after deaths of two patients

A troubled acute trust has appeared in court to admit failures relating to the deaths of two patients.

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A&E overhaul ‘biggest solution’ to system’s ambulance delays

Shaking up accident and emergency services across a split-site hospital trust will be a ‘fundamental’ technical solution to ambulance delays in a troubled system, its leaders have told HSJ.

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Scandal inquiry issues 15 actions for trusts nationally

Repeated care and governance failures were routinely ignored by a hospital trust where poor maternity care resulted in almost 300 avoidable baby deaths or brain damage cases, the most damning review of maternity services in the NHS’s history finds today.

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Health secretary warned of funding ‘challenge’ to A&E overhaul

The health secretary has been told that a long-delayed A&E revamp at the NHS’ only inadequate-rated trust remains ‘challenging’, with the need to meet a wide range of requirements proving ‘difficult to resolve’.

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Trust chief leaves to head ICS

The chief executive of a specialist trust in Shropshire is leaving to head up the local clinical commissioning group and integrated care system.

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Exclusive: New action over safety concerns at Shropshire hospitals

Inspectors have taken fresh urgent action at a severely troubled hospital trust, citing major concerns about treatment of mental health patients in its emergency department, HSJ can reveal.

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Leaked report reveals depth of failures in troubled maternity service

A leaked report on maternity failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust outlines extensive care failings linked to the deaths of 42 babies and three mothers, over a period of 40 years.

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Performance Watch: Details of the ‘A&E Local’ model revealed

HSJ’s Performance Watch expert briefing is our fortnightly newsletter on the most pressing performance matters troubling system leaders. Contact me in confidence here.

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Financially-challenged CCG appoints new chief ahead of merger

Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin clinical commissioning groups have appointed a joint accountable officer ahead of their upcoming merger in 2020.

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Hancock gives controversial reconfiguration the green light

Matt Hancock has given a controversial A&E reconfiguration the green light following almost a decade of delays.

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Chair orders review of whistleblowing concerns

The chair of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has commissioned an independent review, following allegations the trust failed to properly investigate concerns around asbestos exposure.

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Revealed: Nearly half of CCGs planning mergers for 2020

Nearly half of clinical commissioning groups are proposing to merge next year in what would be the biggest cull of NHS organisations for more than a decade, HSJ can reveal.

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Revealed: The new CCG ratings

Sixty-three clinical commissioning groups have seen their overall performance ratings change over the past year, according to NHS England’s latest assessment framework.

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Maternity probe now considering more than 250 cases

An independent inquiry into alleged poor maternity care at an NHS trust is now considering more than 250 separate cases, HSJ has learned.

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NHSI stands down review panel over 'cover up' concern

A controversial panel set up by NHS Improvement to review the findings of an independent investigation into poor maternity care has been disbanded after HSJ exposed concerns it was a “cover up” and that its members were conflicted.

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NHSI accused of 'cover up' over maternity deaths investigation

NHS Improvement, two royal colleges and the Care Quality Commission have been accused by a mother who lost her baby of trying to cover-up the findings of an independent investigation into a trusts’ maternity services.

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'Inadequate' trust's controversial hospital reconfiguration approved

Plans to reconfigure acute services in Shropshire, resulting in the downgrading of one A&E, have been given the green light by commissioners.

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'Flexible' pay cap helps trust avoid A&E closure

A trust has reversed its decision to close one of its accident and emergency departments overnight after being given flexibility over the pay cap for agency doctors.

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Revealed: Third of population overseen by 13 CCG leaders

Almost a third of England’s population is now overseen by 13 clinical commissioning group leaders, according to new analysis.