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Revealed: Trusts underperforming on infant mortality


The number of trusts outperforming their peers on infant mortality has fallen, according to a national audit.


Former NHSE chief named chair of two more trusts


A former NHS chief executive is taking the helm at two more acute trusts in the West Midlands, it has been announced.

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‘Overheating’ incidents nearly double across NHS estates


The number of overheating incidents in clinical areas reported by NHS trusts has almost doubled over the last five years, with directors saying ageing estates make them vulnerable to extreme weather events.


‘Landmark’ integrated trust faces axe


Health leaders in the Midlands are considering winding down or merging an NHS trust that was supposed to hold a ‘landmark’ integrated care contract worth £360m, according to trust papers.


NHS leaders fear ambulance strike ‘calm’ will not last


The first NHS ambulance strike for 32 years appears not to have had any major impact so far.


NHS leaders ‘filled with dread’ ahead of ambulance strike


National, system and trust leaders have told HSJ they fear for the safety of patients and the wellbeing of staff as the NHS experiences its first ambulance strike for 32 years.

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Ex-hospital chief takes over new trust


A former acute boss is returning to NHS management to lead a mental health and community services trust.

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Big rise in trusts ‘red rated’ for infant mortality


Nearly a fifth of trusts providing maternity care have been red rated for their infant mortality rates in a national audit.

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Former NHSE chief made chair of two trusts


Two acute trusts in the Black Country are to share a former NHS England chief executive as their joint chair.

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Former NHSE chief executive steps down as trust chair


A former CEO of NHS England is stepping down from his position as chair of an acute hospital trust.

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Trust delays opening of Carillion-hit hospital again


A major new NHS hospital has been delayed again after local chiefs announced a revised opening date

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Revealed: The trusts hit hardest by covid


Revealing the hospital trusts hit hardest through the pandemic so far, and what their chief executives want to be learned from the experience.


CEOs of covid-ravaged trusts call for more action on shared waiting lists


Coordination of waiting lists and elective treatment across health systems and regions should be ‘far more systematic’, and could have happened earlier, chief executives of some of the hardest hit trusts have told HSJ.

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Region’s hospitals expect covid pressure to rise for another two weeks


Another two weeks of rising covid admissions have been forecast for one of the country’s hardest-hit regions for hospital cases, with senior sources telling HSJ they expect staff absences ‘to get worse before they get better’ and culminate in an end-of-January peak.

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Treatment disrupted as trust suffers major data loss


A major IT incident at an acute trust is disrupting treatment for eye patients after a significant data loss, it has emerged.

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Trusts face uncosted £4m rise in energy bills


Some NHS trusts are reporting huge hikes to their gas and electricity bills, with finance chiefs expecting increases of up to £4m in this financial year.


Leak reveals ‘40 new hospitals’ cash must cover rising costs of existing schemes


Spiralling costs at delayed NHS construction projects will reduce available funding for new “hospitals” promised by the government, HSJ has learned.

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Revealed: the trusts where one in six staff have not had two covid jabs


There are 16 NHS trusts where at least one in six staff have not had two doses of coronavirus vaccine, and all but one of them are in London and Birmingham.

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First of ‘40 new hospitals’ delayed amid EU workforce disruption


Disruption to the supply of materials and workforce to the construction sector have contributed to another delay to a major new hospital, for which planning started more than 10 years ago.