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Trusts offered up to £4m to make last-ditch attempt on A&E target


NHS England has confirmed new financial incentives for trusts to deliver strong performance against the four-hour emergency target this month.

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Revealed: Official data masking long waits for the sickest patients


Several trusts are failing to admit their sickest emergency patients in a timely fashion, despite performing well in official waiting time statistics, HSJ can reveal.

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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.

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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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CQC names worst trusts for maternity care


The trusts with substantially worse experience of maternity care have been identified by the Care Quality Commission.

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Trusts appoint joint CEO


Two coastal trusts embarking on a new leadership model have appointed a joint chief executive.

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‘Outstanding’ trust to share CEO and chair


An “outstanding” mental health trust will share a joint chief executive and chair with an acute trust covering the same patch, it has been announced.

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Patients fit for discharge stuck in hospital for up to nine months


Medically fit patients are waiting up to nine months to be discharged from some NHS hospitals as increasing numbers of working age people develop more complex conditions amid ongoing social care shortages.

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Trust forced to ‘phone around’ to find cots for premature babies


Staff at a trust in the South West have had to spend hours “phoning around hospitals” to find suitable cots for premature babies, in the face of “increasing difficulty” in accessing appropriate care locally.

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Revealed: NHS England’s list of trusts with worst elective and cancer problems


Almost a third of acute trusts have been identified by NHS England as being ‘at risk’ of missing key targets for electives and cancer recovery, with some facing ‘periodic calls between ministers and CEOs’, HSJ can reveal.

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New ICS chief: ‘I’m being managed in a straitjacket’


A new system leader has said she has felt like she is ‘in a straitjacket’ since being in the post, and asked for greater acknowledgement that ‘I might actually know what I’m doing’.

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Building order of ‘new hospitals’ revealed as £550m consultancy deals announced


Projects in Dorset and Devon are set to be the first within the government’s New Hospital Programme to agree construction contracts.


Neonatal units face ‘redesignation’ under national shake-up


A major shake-up of neonatal care, aimed at reducing mortality and illness, could see dozens of units restricted to caring for less premature babies.

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As a CEO from an ethnic minority, staff expect me to make a difference to inequality


Patricia Miller, Dorset County Hospital CEO, shares her approach to building a culture of inclusion

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The trusts with the most patients waiting over 18 months


The trusts with the biggest share of their waiting list at more than 18 months and two years has been revealed for the first time.

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‘Deeply disappointed’ minority ethnic leaders demand NHSE ensure diversity in top ICS roles


A group of senior leaders from minority ethnic backgrounds have expressed a ‘deep sense of disappointment’ at the lack of progress being made to address racial inequalities in the NHS.


Region least hit by covid has biggest problem with year-plus waiters


The English region least hit by the covid-19 outbreak so far has the biggest share of its waiting list who have been there a year or longer, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Exclusive: National roll-out of ‘call before you walk’ A&Es set for winter


NHS England plans to introduce a “call before you walk” model for accident and emergency by winter, HSJ has been told.

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HSJ’s 10 most read workforce stories of 2019


As 2019 winds down, HSJ is taking a moment to revisit its most read workforce stories of the year.