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Trust’s improvement plan ‘limited in robustness’

A trust’s attempts to improve safeguarding – believed to have been prompted by a case where a patient with dementia was restrained and forcibly treated – have been criticised by an independent review.

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Reconfiguration greenlighted by Javid faces 12-month delay

A contentious reconfiguration of stroke services which has already suffered years of delays now faces a further setback, after commissioners declared another review of the scheme.

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‘Outstanding’ trust appoints new chief executive

An ‘outstanding’ London trust has appointed a new chief executive.

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Exclusive: Sharp drop in quality of stroke care

The proportion of stroke units awarded the top ratings in a national audit has fallen significantly, HSJ analysis shows.

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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.

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Trust appoints former Department of Health leader as CEO

A former Department of Health leader is set to take the helm at an East of England trust.

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Trust admits staff shortages causing inappropriate discharges

A trust has admitted it is having to discharge patients inappropriately into care homes or community hospital beds because of a shortage of home care workers.

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Trust unsure ‘whether and how’ its ‘mini Nightingale’ might be used

A trust has revealed its wide-ranging concerns about the Nightingale surge hub that has been built on its premises under national plans to cope with a future wave of covid admissions.

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Trust seeks £30m for hot/cold split of orthopaedic services

An acute trust is seeking £30m in national funding to build a new elective care centre which it says would cut outsourcing costs and increase activity across its integrated care system.

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London Eye: How are hospital bosses feeling? Surprisingly upbeat

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

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CEO of ‘outstanding’ trust makes switch to maternity scandal provider

The chief executive of an ‘outstanding’ London trust is to move to one of the most troubled trusts in the country.

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Exclusive: Police drop manslaughter investigation into trust

A trust will not face a second prosecution over the death of a baby seven days after a chaotic birth at one of its hospitals, unless new evidence emerges.

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Trust promises jobs to partners of new consultants

A trust is attempting to boost its recruitment of senior medics by offering ‘guaranteed’ jobs to the partners of those consultants offered a substantive post.

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Javid approves hospital reconfiguration after two year delay

Sajid Javid has given the go-ahead to a controversial stroke reconfiguration, more than two years after plans were agreed by the NHS locally.

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Trusts failing to report ‘concerning’ numbers of hospital-acquired covid cases

Some acute trusts have failed to report large numbers of hospital-acquired covid infections as patient safety incidents, despite NHS England describing this as ‘fundamental’.

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CQC criticises care scandal trust for 'unsafe staffing'

The trust at the centre of a maternity scandal does not have enough midwifery staff to keep women and babies safe, a Care Quality Commission inspection has revealed.

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Trusts struggle with growing backlog of uninvestigated incidents

The backlog of serious clinical incidents that need investigating is building up throughout the NHS, due to the impact of coronavirus and emergency service pressures.

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Troubled trust’s chief executive to stand down

The chief executive of a trust with major care quality concerns, including a maternity scandal investigation, is to stand down.

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Four ICSs and four trusts placed in new ‘special measures’ regime

Four health systems have been put into NHS England’s replacement for the special measures regime, as well as four more acute trusts.

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Trust fined £733,000 in groundbreaking CQC prosecution

An acute trust has been fined £733,000 for failing to meet fundamental standards of care, in a groundbreaking case brought by the Care Quality Commission.