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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.

Lawrence Dunhill 2023

North by North West: Trust left isolated as strike nears 50 days


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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.


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.

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‘Short termism’ is undermining NHS savings and safety, warns CEO


The government must allow health systems to plan their finances over a longer period to help deliver ‘real’ savings by rationalising services, says a leading chief executive.

James Illman 2023

Recovery Watch: The trusts slipping the most on PM’s pledge


Recovering services from the covid crisis is the big task for NHS leaders for the foreseeable future. The Recovery Watch newsletter tracks prospects and progress. This week by HSJ bureau chief and performance lead James Illman.


Ministers name 30 trusts receiving share of £250m fund


Ministers have named the 30 trusts which will receive a share of a £250m fund to increase urgent and emergency care capacity.


Teaching trust appoints joint chair after two failed attempts


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

Lawrence Dunhill 2023

North by North West: Has Lancashire missed a trick?


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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.


Exclusive: 800 consultants refuse to cover juniors strike without extra pay


More than 800 consultants in London have signed a letter saying they will not cover the junior doctors’ strike next week unless their trusts agree to pay a higher overtime rate set by the British Medical Association.

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Inexperienced trust CEOs get extra support after NHSE concerns


Concerns over the number of trusts being run by first-time chief executives has prompted NHS England to offer an increased support package for new leaders, HSJ has learned.

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CQC inspection teams lacked ‘correct expertise’, review finds


A review of the Care Quality Commission’s failures in a high-profile whistleblowing case says it needs to ensure clinicians with the “correct expertise” are placed on its inspection teams.

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Why counselling should replace occupational health support for distressed staff


NHS trusts should provide counselling support services for staff that are independent of occupational health and management systems to improve uptake, write David Anderson and Lucy Howard

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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: Four trusts added to NHSE ‘help list’


NHS England has revealed the latest list of trusts which it has identified as needing the most support to meet electives and cancer targets.

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Trust appoints management consultant as new chair


A new chair has been appointed to an acute trust in Lancashire.

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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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Revealed: The trusts where at least one in 20 suspected cancer patients have waited three months


More than 5 per cent of patients with suspected cancer have been waiting more than 104 days at 14 trusts, data leaked to HSJ reveals.