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Headcount rise of 4,000 ‘not readily explainable’ by troubled ICS


The hiring of several thousand staff in a financially troubled health system was found to be ‘not readily explainable’ and well beyond the increases reported by similar areas.

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Experienced chief moves to fourth trust


An experienced chief executive who ran his system’s “gold command” covid-19 response has been named as the new boss of a teaching trust whose previous leader has moved to Gibraltar.

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Revealed: Best and worst trusts for cleanliness and food


The best and worst trusts for cleanliness and food have been revealed in a national assessment by patients and staff.

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Tributes after death of ‘strong, fair and compassionate’ NHS chief


Tributes have been paid after the death of a ‘strong, fair and compassionate leader’ who was chief executive of a North West acute trust for 12 years, and previously a director in the Department of Health.

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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.


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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Trust 'hiding serious harm and death' report


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North by North West: Full force Flory


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Royal Albert Edward Infirmary (Wigan Infirmary)

Internal memo warns of ‘increasingly common’ deaths in A&E


Senior doctors have raised concerns about the numbers of patients now dying in their A&E department due to extreme operational pressures.

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Russian-owned energy firm supplies at least 11 NHS trusts


At least 11 trusts have paid just over £4m to a Russian government-owned energy supplier in the current financial year, while 17 paid the company £17m the year before, HSJ analysis shows.


HSJ Value Awards 2021: Operations and Performance Initiative of the Year


Provision of an integrated system to work within the electronic patient record capturing prospective and retrospective clinical priority for patients waiting for appointments, investigations and treatment. This was a hospital-wide need affecting all specialties and service providers and all current and newly referred patients.

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Landmark reconfiguration that promised to save 300 lives a year ‘quietly dropped’


One of the highest profile NHS reconfigurations of the last decade — that pledged to save 300 lives per year — has been “quietly dropped”, HSJ has learned.

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A&E trolley waits double despite many fewer patients


Long waits for admission from emergency departments in November were nearly double last year’s figure, despite many fewer patients, as covid-19 hampered flow through hospitals.

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Patients eight times more likely to die following major surgery at outlier hospitals


Death rates for a major emergency abdominal surgery are almost eight times higher at some outlier hospitals compared with top performers, a national report has found.

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Trusts across region create staff bank to cut agency costs


Eighteen trusts in the North West will establish a major ‘staff bank’, using new technology to pool junior doctors across the region.


Revealed: Eight hospital trusts with more covid patients than in the spring


Eight hospital trusts have surpassed the level of covid-19 patients in general acute beds which they recorded in the spring peak, according to HSJ’s analysis of NHS England data.

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Two trusts in Greater Manchester suspend some electives


Two hospital trusts in Greater Manchester have suspended some non-urgent elective care, with one also taking steps to move some cancer procedures to alternative sites, HSJ  understands.

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Exclusive: New surge in Manchester covid patients amid lockdown row


Greater Manchester’s hospitals have seen a new surge in beds occupied by patients with coronavirus in the last 24 hours, HSJ understands.