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Exclusive: Maternity delays spark thousands of safety alerts each year


Maternity departments are raising thousands of safety reports every year about delayed inductions of labour, HSJ can reveal.

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Newly installed EPR contributed to A&E death, warns coroner


A newly installed electronic patient record contributed to the “preventable” death of a 31-year-old woman in an emergency department, a trust has been warned.

Darlington Memorial Hospital

Trust ‘long way off’ EPR benefits a year after launch


A trust is a “long way” from achieving the expected benefits of an electronic patient record system 15 months after launch, and it is still disrupting mortality data, its leaders have admitted.


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.


Staff feel ‘frozen out and ignored’ at ‘inadequate’ services


Leaders of two maternity services have been told to take urgent action, after inspectors found understaffing and declining levels of care, despite safety warnings from midwives.

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Exclusive: Hancock denies political motive for inclusion of ‘Red Wall’ project in new hospital programme


A building project in a marginal constituency was added to the government’s ‘40 new hospitals’ programme despite not being on the longlist of schemes proposed by NHS England.


Exclusive: the trusts offering thousands of staff inferior pensions


Trusts are regularly denying staff employed by their wholly owned subsidiary companies access to the NHS pension and providing them with schemes which are significantly less generous.


Trusts with huge drops in A&E performance cite ‘aged’ and ‘outdated’ hospitals


Several hospital trusts whose A&E performance was in the top half of trusts last summer have seen the biggest drops this year, with some of them citing out-of-date buildings as a major reason.

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NHS’ promotion of 111 First ‘not strong enough’, watchdog warns


Not enough people know about the 111 First A&E booking service as the messaging from the NHS ‘has not been strong enough’, Healthwatch England has said.

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Acute trust forced to cancel electives after covid surge


A major trust in the North East has started cancelling elective operations after a surge in covid and other urgent and emergency patients.

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Government launches ‘competition’ for eight new hospitals


Ministers will invite local leaders to bid for eight ‘new hospitals’, as part of the government’s NHS building plan.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: Acute Service Redesign Initiative


The Integrated Urgent Care Team now work together with other transformation services to support older people living in the community in an integrated model of care to deliver ‘integrated urgent care at home’.

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Revealed: Acute trusts in talks over possible merger


Two acute trusts in the north east are exploring a possible merger as part of major changes to the region’s acute services, HSJ has learned.

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Revealed: The trusts failing to meet national efficiency targets


NHS trusts continue to miss targets aimed at helping hospitals spend millions of pounds more effectively, HSJ can reveal.


London trusts to lose £300m after tariff change


NHS trusts in London have criticised proposed changes to the national payment tariff which would cut their income by an estimated £300m.

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Exclusive: Major incident as hospital waste collections halted


More than 20 NHS trusts must store clinical waste, including human remains, at their premises for up to a fortnight after their scandal-hit contractor stopped collecting waste last week, prompting a major incident.

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In depth: Trusts respond to vascular GIRFT review


HSJ approached all the trusts that were at or beneath the threshold for one or more of the GIRFT vascular activity measures. Many gave candid descriptions of their issues and what they planned to do, or had done, about them.

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In full: Pathology network proposals


HSJ approached the 29 pathology networks proposed by NHS Improvement to ask if local trusts had signed up. In most cases the proposed “hub” trust was able to answer on behalf of its network.

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In full: Trusts with staff transfer plans


HSJ has identified 19 providers that have already established a subsidiary company to manage their estate, plus 16 that have told staff they are considering the move.