Long waits in A&E departments may have caused around 30,000 ‘excess deaths’ last year, according to new estimates.
Staffing shortages are likely to restrict the use of a beneficial painkiller in birthing suites, even once its use has been recommended by national guidance.
Around a quarter of acute trusts paid consultants premium rates to provide strike cover during the first two junior doctors’ walkouts, broadly matching the pay levels demanded by the British Medical Association’s ‘rate card’, HSJ research has found.
The Care Quality Commission has named the trusts which have performed ‘worse than expected’ on patient experience in urgent and emergency care.
The third biggest trust in the NHS has agreed to increase consultant overtime rates ahead of next week’s junior doctors strike, despite a regional attempt to hold the line, citing patient safety and the need to treat cancer patients, HSJ can reveal.
Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.
More than 800 consultants in London have signed a letter saying they will not cover the junior doctors’ strike next week unless their trusts agree to pay a higher overtime rate set by the British Medical Association.
An acute trust chair has said its emergency department is effectively operating as a primary care service.
This is the latest in a series of interviews with senior healthcare leaders, which are available exclusively to HSJ Insight subscribers.
The chief executive of a trust waiting for a new hospital said the cost of the project is now likely to be triple the allocation that was announced by the government.
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.
The fate of the “40 new hospitals” hangs in the balance, with trusts hoping for a decision on funding by the end of the year.
A trust has called for ministers to make an ‘urgent’ decision on funding for a new hospital, as a raft of maintenance problems such as leaking roofs and overflowing sewage pipes are hampering efforts to tackle waiting list backlogs.
Several of the ‘40 new hospitals’ promised by government face further delay and disruption because the trusts are receiving less cash than needed for crucial planning work this year, HSJ can reveal.
More than half the staff at eight trusts have either refused or failed to declare whether they consider themselves ‘disabled’, an HSJ analysis has found.
Several large teaching hospitals are among those which saw the steepest declines in the proportion of staff who would recommend the care of their organisation, according to the NHS staff survey results.
The gap between the best and worst-performing health systems for cancer has widened during the pandemic, HSJ analysis shows.
An experienced former trust chief executive has taken on an additional role as chair, nearly 80 miles away from his current trust.
Only one of the six ‘new hospitals’ prioritised for construction by the government more than two years ago is on track to be operating by the original target date of 2025, HSJ can reveal.
Two trusts have highlighted their frustration with the ‘delays and uncertainty’ over the government’s New Hospital Programme after being forced to slow down their projects amid funding concerns.