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Revealed: Worst hospitals for food hygiene


More than 30 hospitals in England failed to receive the top ratings for food hygiene in their latest inspection.


Theatre staff 'deliberately slow down' operations, review finds


Theatre staff at a major hospital “deliberately slowed down” to limit the number of operations that could be done each day, an NHS England review has been told.

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Two execs drafted in to help ailing trust


A challenged acute trust has made two executive appointments, including an interim chief operating officer drafted in at short notice.

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FT chair steps down after critical CQC report


The chair of a trust, which was given a warning notice by the Care Quality Commission after an inspection earlier this year, has stepped down.

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HSJ’s 10 most-read quality and performance stories of 2023


2024 has arrived, but there’s still time to have a look over the most-read quality and performance stories for the year just gone.

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Half trust’s staff told CQC they had ‘no confidence’ in its leaders


More than half of a trust’s staff told the Care Quality Commission they did not have confidence in its executive leadership, with just 16 per cent saying they did, the regulator has reported.

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NHSE warns widely used EPR could pose ‘serious risks to patient safety’


NHS England has issued a national alert to all trusts providing maternity services after faults were discovered in IT software that could pose “potential serious risks to patient safety”.


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

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Trust leaders raise alarm over ‘mad’ approach to scrutiny of maternity services


The management of fragile maternity services is being hamstrung by a lack of clear standards and direction from government and regulators, trust chairs and chief executives have told HSJ.


Director drafted in to £120m deficit trust as part of NHSE rescue deal


An acute trust facing a potential £120m deficit has appointed an interim finance director from a specialist provider on a one-year secondment.

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FT chair takes period of absence


The chair of East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, Niall Dickson, has taken a voluntary period of absence, with his deputy standing in, HSJ  has learned.

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Chair to retire after 50 years in the NHS


An ambulance trust chair is to step down after more than half a century in the NHS.

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Trust and manager charged with manslaughter


North East London Foundation Trust has been charged with corporate manslaughter – making it only the second NHS provider to be prosecuted for the crime.

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Labour ward staffing shortages restrict use of beneficial drug


Staffing shortages are likely to restrict the use of a beneficial painkiller in birthing suites, even once its use has been recommended by national guidance.

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CEO warns of £120m deficit and tells staff ‘position must change’


A trust chief executive has warned it is on course for a £120m deficit, which would breach the financial plan agreed with NHS England by around £50m.

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Trust outsources ‘dementia village’


An innovative “dementia village” hosted by an NHS trust has welcomed its first residents – but will no longer be run directly by the NHS as originally planned.


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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Trust chiefs sacked ‘only in extreme circumstances’, says government


The government has admitted that many ‘vulnerable’ hospitals ‘suffer with a lack of permanence of leadership’, but said that chiefs are only sacked by NHS England ‘in extreme and exceptional circumstances’.


Seven trusts inexplicably removed from ‘40 new hospitals’ pledge


Seven trusts were removed from a list used to choose the ‘40 new hospitals’ with no documentation to explain why, a watchdog has found.


Maternity unit refutes suggestion it breached safety standards


The trust at the centre of a maternity scandal insists it has been providing immediate anaesthetic cover for obstetric emergencies, contrary to an NHS England report suggesting it had not and had been potentially breaching safety standards.