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Fire warnings yet to be fully dealt with at eight hospitals


Eight hospitals in England have fire safety warnings attached to them, with half in place since 2022 or earlier, HSJ can reveal.


NHSE now backing 1,300 staff who missed out on ‘covid bonus’


NHS England has now said it is supporting a trust in trying to pay 1,300 of its staff who missed out on the covid bonus due to a quirk of timing.

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Trust’s plea to pay covid bonus to 1,300 staff rejected by NHSE


NHS England turned down a plea to fund the covid bonus for a large group of staff who had recently transferred to a trust due to fears it could set a precedent for payouts to other similar groups, HSJ can reveal.

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Bid to speed up selected ‘new hospitals’


Some of the schemes within the “40 new hospitals” programme could be allowed to abandon the requirement for standard design and centralised procurement, in a bid to speed the projects up.


London Eye: A troubling narrative


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.


HSJ Podcast: The reality behind NHSE’s flagship outpatient programme


This week for the first time a study has revealed the number of patients on PIFU pathways has not translated into a significant reduction in follow-up appointments.


London Eye: It’s that can again


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.


Trusts ‘pause’ merger of exec teams


Two hospital trusts with a combined turnover of nearly £3bn have “paused” plans to merge their executive director teams.

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Emergency unit faced closure amid ‘significant staffing crisis’


A hospital trust has considered closing its new “same day emergency care” facility twice in the past month or so, because of a “dire” A&E position.


London Eye: Patient harm? ‘Definitely’


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.


Former national director to chair two ICBs


A long-serving hospital leader and former NHS Improvement director will become the first to chair two neighbouring integrated care boards.

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Trusts dispute NHS England’s ‘benefits’ claim over FDP pilot


Five trusts have contradicted NHS England’s claim that they are “actively realising benefits” from pilots of the Federated Data Platform.


London Eye: Actually, we’ve coped well


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

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Thirteen trusts write off £1.3m in overpayments to staff


Thirteen trusts were responsible for just over half of £2.6m overpayments to staff written off by NHS providers last year, data obtained by HSJ reveals.


Staff set to miss out on ‘covid bonus’ despite government U-turn


Staff in some organisations providing NHS services – including in trusts’ subsidiary companies – are likely to miss out the one-off ‘covid bonus’ paid to other health service staff, despite an apparent government agreement to fund it, HSJ has been told


Ex-national director to lead ICS group


The former medical director of NHS Improvement – who now holds several local board roles – is to become chair of the national NHS Integrated Care System network.


London Eye: Missing the police


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.


‘Design compromise’ for new-build hospitals due to funding shortfalls


Trusts in the ‘new hospital programme’ will have to make significant compromises to their projects unless the Treasury can be persuaded to release billions more in funding, sources have told HSJ.


HSJ Podcast: The rise and rise of the hospital group


As an increasing number of hospitals appoint shared CEOs and chairs – and more large “groups” are created – we discuss the benefits and drawbacks to this new(ish) way of running things.


Single ‘group’ team will run seven hospitals


Two major trusts have announced they will move to a single executive team and board over the next 18 months, across the seven hospitals they operate.


ICS calls in turnaround director after plunging £70m into the red


An integrated care system has brought in a financial turnaround director after racking up an unplanned deficit of more than £70m in the first five months of the 2023-24 financial year.

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Every acute in ICS to use the same EPR after £44m deal


One of the last trusts in London to move away from paper records has named Oracle Cerner as its preferred electronic patient record supplier in a 10-year deal worth £44m.


Revealed: 60pc of trusts have a ‘first-time’ CEO


Nearly two-thirds of trusts have a ‘first-time’ chief executive, while one-third of the sector’s CEOs have been in their current post for 18 months or less, following a period of remarkable turnover since the covid crisis.


Ministers name 30 trusts receiving share of £250m fund


Ministers have named the 30 trusts which will receive a share of a £250m fund to increase urgent and emergency care capacity.


‘National’ action to curb huge jump in consultant overtime rates being considered by NHSE


NHS England is considering a national response to the increased overtime rates charged by medical consultants - especially those undertaken during the ongoing junior doctors strikes


London Eye: How much harm in London?


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

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Two trusts added to NHSE list of providers at ‘high risk’


Two trusts have been added to NHS England’s list of those identified as needing the most support meeting cancer and elective targets.


London gives way on consultant strike cover pay


London trusts have been told they can pay almost triple the usual rate for consultant cover during this week’s junior doctors’ strike.

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Medic who stood to be MP appointed hospital CEO


A trust has appointed a new hospital site ‘chief executive’, whose predecessor stood down after less than two years.


Trust gives in on consultant overtime rates


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.

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Exclusive: Leaked data reveals ‘distressing’ scale of ‘unacceptable’ A&E waits


One in five cases in which patients attend A&E needing mental healthcare are spending more than 12 hours in the department – at least double the rate of patients with physical health problems.


NHSE ploughed ahead with PbR return despite major trusts’ objections


NHS England pressed ahead with a controversial return to payment by results despite strong opposition from some of the service’s largest trusts, HSJ can reveal.


Less than a quarter of new hospital ‘enabling’ funds received by trusts


Less than a quarter of the funding requested for crucial preparation works for the government’s ‘new hospitals programme’ has so far been received, trusts have told HSJ.

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Cost of new hospital now triple funding allocation says CEO


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.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: Where’s the harm?


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.


Exclusive: Trusts abandon renewable electricity commitment


Around half of the largest trusts are not buying all their electricity from renewable sources despite a national requirement to do so, as prices of this type of energy rocket, HSJ  understands.

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London Eye: Catastrophic failure, but not the trust you’d expect


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: Surviving winter


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.


Four in five trusts yet to reach digitisation target


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.