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Revealed: Trust’s plan to offer ‘ethical’ private ops in new NHS-funded unit


A trust is considering offering private operations in its new NHS-funded elective centre, which would be “positioned in an ethical way”, board papers reveal.

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First time trust CEO quits suddenly after two years


The chief executive of an acute trust has stepped down to spend more time with her family and to return to education.


ICB warned of ‘large financial risk’ from HCA wage claim


NHS organisations across Surrey are to review healthcare assistants’ pay in the face of potential strike action at one trust.


2,500 missing waiters push back ICS’s elective target


Two acute trusts in the same integrated care system have discovered nearly 2,500 “missing” elective waiters, meaning it has abandoned a local target for reducing 65-week waiters.

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ICS picks permanent CEO


An integrated care system has appointed a substantive chief executive after her predecessor joined NHS England.

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Trust seeks ‘dialogue’ to avert court row with ICB


Providers who are taking legal action against commissioners have called for a “dialogue” over the risks an underfunded tender would pose to local children and families.

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Two more ICBs sued over procurement by NHS trusts


An NHS trust and two social enterprises are taking legal action over a £300m procurement for children’s community health services which they say raises ‘significant concerns about safety’.

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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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Revealed: the ICSs where delayed discharge rates have doubled in a year


More than half of integrated care systems have managed to cut their rates of delayed discharges this year, but performance worsened in 16 ICSs.


NHSE appoints ICS chief as medical director


NHS England has appointed an integrated care system chief who led an extensive review on primary care last summer as a medical director. 

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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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NHSE officer steps down to focus on board roles


England’s chief dental officer is leaving her national post after eight years in part to focus on several non-executive board roles, NHS England has announced. 

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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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NHSE’s decision to delay pioneering health centres is short-sighted


The national program for redesigning primary care estates in six locations in England has been halted, throwing plans into doubt and potentially delaying improved outcomes for localities, writes Dr Eleanor Roy

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£2bn ICS debt from ‘CCG screw-ups’ should be written off, says Confed


NHS England has been urged to write off £2.2bn in historic debts that integrated care systems could be asked to repay.


Exclusive: NHSE halts ‘pioneer’ health centres due to lack of capital


A national plan to build new ‘super’ primary care hubs in six areas has been halted with immediate effect by NHS England because of a lack of capital funding.

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Delayed discharges rise in 17 ICSs despite Barclay’s £250m fund


A high-profile £250m government intervention to free up hospital beds has so far failed to deliver any significant reduction in delayed discharges – with multiple systems instead reporting large increases.

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Ministers approved two ICS salaries over £240,000


Ministers approved two integrated care systems’ requests to pay their chief executives more than £240,000, HSJ  can reveal.

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NHS lacks councils’ ‘financial discipline’, warns ICS chair


An integrated care partnership chair has criticised NHS England for requiring systems to work to “meaningless” indicators, adding he is worried health organisations lack financial discipline.

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NHSE chief visits trust to ‘learn lessons’ from troubled IT project


The go-live of a new electronic patient record at two hospitals has led to operational problems and a visit from an NHS England board director to ‘learn lessons’ for future roll-outs.