This week bureau chief Ben Clover is joined by colleagues to discuss some of the biggest stories ahead of the junior doctors’ strike.
An ambulance service has pledged to overhaul how it makes disclosures to coroners after a review found that details of care failings were withheld in a number of cases.
An ambulance trust at the centre of an inquiry into alleged cover-ups has shown signs of improvement, according to the Care Quality Commission.
Thousands of 999 calls are being transferred to the Welsh Ambulance Service because they are taking more than five minutes to answer in England, HSJ can reveal.
Striking ambulance workers in two regions have said for the first time that they will only answer immediately life-threatening calls — abandoning previous agreements to cover some Category 2 incidents.
Staff at the East of England ambulance trust – the only one to escape strike action so far – have voted to join the industrial action.
Some ambulance trusts are not sending paramedics to up to around a quarter of their most serious calls, according to figures obtained by HSJ.
Ambulance staff are being urged to conserve oxygen supplies because of a national shortage of small cylinders used both on ambulances and in some A&E departments.
Unison has announced two 24-hour ambulance worker strikes in January, adding it will start balloting members for further strikes in the spring.
Thousands of ambulance staff across England will go on strike during the festive period this month in a dispute over pay, three unions have announced.
Only one in five trusts has reached the level of digitisation required by 2025 – more than three years after the target was set, tech chiefs have revealed.
The only two female ambulance chief executives in the country have said there is something ‘deeply wrong’ with the culture in ambulance services.
An inquiry into alleged efforts to cover up care failings at an ambulance trust has been criticised by a key whistleblower for being too limited in scope.
An ambulance trust accused of withholding key evidence from coroners was previously warned its staff needed training to ‘understand the real risk of committing criminal offences’ in relation to inquests into patient deaths.
Ambulance trusts are seeing rising numbers of serious incidents resulting from delays in reaching patients, research by HSJ has uncovered.
Callers to NHS 111 services are twice as likely to be judged as needing an ambulance in some regions as others – and up to eight times more likely to abandon their calls.
The number of 12-hour waits in accident and emergency departments rose by 27 per cent in one month to reach record levels in January amid warnings overcrowding is harming an increasing number of patients.
NHS England has been asked to look at an ambulance trust which has been asking patients with heart attacks and strokes to get a lift to hospital.
Ambulance trusts have begun asking patients with heart attacks and strokes to get a lift to hospital with family or friends instead of waiting for an ambulance, because of high covid absences and ‘unprecedented’ surges in demand, HSJ has learned.
Incidents including a cardiac arrest where an ambulance took more than an hour to arrive and the patient died have prompted trust chiefs to suggest they cannot prevent patient harm under their current funding levels.