Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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CEO in surprise departure after ‘positive impact’


The chief executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals has announced her retirement after two and a half years in the role.


Trusts told to plan for 10% cuts on top of annual savings


Trusts in Lancashire have been told to plan for a 10 per cent cut in their contract values, on top of the annual efficiency savings they were already planning for next year.

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A&E target set to be raised, despite NHS missing lower bar


NHS England and government are set to raise their target for four-hour A&E performance, despite most hospitals failing to meet the current ask.

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North by North West: 12-hour trolley waits an ‘acceptable compromise’


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‘Excess deaths’ due to A&E delays rise by nearly a third in one year


Long waits in A&E departments may have caused around 30,000 ‘excess deaths’ last year, according to new estimates.


System ‘resisting change’ and lacking skills for financial recovery, says CEO


A chief executive has said his system’s financial recovery is being hampered by staff who are resistant to change, with too many people lacking the right skills and experience.


Thousands of women left waiting for induction due to staff shortages


Thousands of women are having induction of labour delayed because of a shortage of staff, raising concerns about the safety of them and their babies, HSJ has found.


Hospitals to review concrete risks to ‘maintain safety and confidence’


NHS boards have been told to obtain extra assurance around the risks to unsafe concrete beams in their estate, following the sudden closure of school buildings.


Teaching trust appoints joint chair after two failed attempts


A teaching trust in Lancashire has appointed a new chair at the third attempt.

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North by North West: Has Lancashire missed a trick?


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Trusts must hit new A&E target to access capital fund


Trusts ‘over-delivering’ on two emergency care targets this winter will be awarded a share of a new £150m capital fund, NHS England has announced.


CQC names worst trusts for experience in A&E


The Care Quality Commission has named the trusts which have performed ‘worse than expected’ on patient experience in urgent and emergency care.

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Top CEO leaves to run Gibraltar health system


A leading trust chief executive has announced he is stepping down from the NHS and has accepted a three-year role with Gibraltar Health Authority.

Emergency workforce

One in 10 A&E patients waits 12hrs, long-hidden data reveals


Around 10 per cent of the 1.2 million accident and emergency attendees in February waited 12 hours or more, newly published NHS England data has revealed, laying bare the true extent of the NHS’s emergency care crisis.

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North by North West: Magna Carta to ‘mandated support’


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Flagship merger ‘effectively scrapped’ after ‘wasting millions’


The leader of a flagship ‘hub and spoke’ pathology merger has criticised regulators after the project was effectively dropped due to delays in receiving £31m of capital that was allocated to the scheme in 2018.


Revealed: Long-wait cancer patient list grows again


The backlog of urgent cancer referral patients who have waited 104 days or more for treatment has increased month-on-month again, internal NHS data reveals.

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Women wait days for induced labour in troubled maternity service


A troubled acute trust has been sent a further warning notice after inspectors found severe shortages of midwives were causing dangerous delays to labour inductions.