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North Middlesex University Hospital

‘Poor leadership’ and ‘closed culture’ concerns prompt service’s double downgrade


A struggling maternity service has received a double downgrade from a health watchdog after inspectors warned patients were being let down by ‘poor leadership’.

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Trust appoints group chief executive


Royal Free London Foundation Trust has confirmed Peter Landstrom as its substantive group chief executive.

Money, finance and accounts

Exclusive: Government and NHS in talks over £1bn funding gap


Government is in talks with national NHS leaders over how to fill an urgent funding gap of at least £1bn this financial year, HSJ has learned, as new analysis shows all 42 local integrated care systems were behind their own plans less than halfway through 2023-24.

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Ambulance trust expands NHS 111 footprint in ‘good deal for patients’


London Ambulance Service Trust will be providing NHS 111 services across the capital after winning a contract for the one remaining area where it did not have any involvement.

Digital innovation

Revealed: First ICS digital maturity ratings


HSJ  can reveal the first ratings given to every integrated care system for the ‘digital maturity’ of its NHS providers.

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London Eye: Trusts wobble on consultant pay demand


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.


‘Archaic’ and risky patient records still used by most GP practices


Most GP practices in England are still using ‘archaic’ Lloyd George paper records despite a commitment to digitise them, HSJ  has found.

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Revealed: the tenfold regional difference in access to GP records


Fewer than one in 10 GP practices offers patients access to their records in several areas of England, with significant variation across England, six months ahead of a new deadline.

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London Eye: The Lloyds Bank £56m


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

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Collapsed PFI firm sues trust for £56m


A PFI company that fell into administration three years ago is suing a London acute trust for £56m in compensation, according to papers lodged with the High Court.

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Thirty-five ICSs publish first ‘integrated care strategies’


Seven integrated care systems have not yet published a version of their integrated care strategy, despite government setting a deadline of the end of 2022 to do so.

Michael Holland

New CEO for trust beset by national controversy


One of the country’s most high-profile mental health trusts has appointed its new chief executive, four months after its existing CEO announced he was retiring.

John Lawlor

Trust aims to move on from governance failures and ‘massive societal tension’


Leaders of a mental health trust say they are making progress to address multiple concerns over corporate governance, and moving on from the ‘massive societal tension’ around one of their key services.

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London Eye: Shouldn’t need an improvement programme


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

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A person-centred, digital-first approach to recovery


Ensuring that patient pathways are digitally enabled and person centred is critical to tackling the elective backlog, writes Patricia Wynn.

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Revealed: The areas with the strongest and weakest primary care


Official workforce statistics reveal huge variation in primary care staffing across different health systems – with London and the South East appearing to be particularly underserved and the South West relatively well resourced.

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Delivering community diagnostic centres to improve access to early diagnosis


Philippa Robinson, Regional Director of London, highlights the critical factors leading to a successful delivery of a community diagnostic centre


ICSs given £160m to ‘accelerate’ electives fail to hit pre-covid activity


A dozen health systems which received £160m from NHS England this summer to accelerate recovery of elective activity have so far fallen short of their pre-covid levels, HSJ analysis reveals.

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University College London Hospital, Moorfields and Great Ormond Street, to form the capital’s largest medical collaborative staff bank, comprising 10 London trusts part of the North Central London STP


North Central London STP is implementing a cloud-based collaborative bank solution to share individual medical bank pools across 10 trusts which will allow hospitals to access a larger bank, writes Dr Nicholas Andreau.