East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

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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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Revealed: Trusts where most staff withhold disability status

More than half the staff at eight trusts have either refused or failed to declare whether they consider themselves ‘disabled’, an HSJ analysis has found.

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Trusts failing on waiting list ask told to ‘get act together’

Trusts have been told to ‘get their act together’ on health inequalities, after HSJ research suggested only a small minority have so far published data on disparities in waiting times between different patient groups.

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Trust CEO says MP ‘not fit for office’ over Partygate

An acute trust chief has taken the rare step of publicly condemning an MP who claimed nurses and teachers had ‘a quiet drink’ after shifts during covid lockdowns.

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Revealed: The ethnically diverse trusts with all-white leadership

Analysis of new data has identified multiple trusts which appear to have no executives or very senior managers from a minority ethnic background, despite their workforces being relatively diverse.

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‘Witch hunt’ trust chair stands down

The chair of the trust slammed in a scathing review for its ‘intimidating… flawed and not fit for purpose’ hunt for a whistleblower has stood down.

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‘Witch hunt’ trust chief who quit in August to remain on full pay to September 2022

The former hospital chief executive who stood down shortly before a review slammed his organisation’s ‘flawed, intimidating’ hunt for a whistleblower will continue to be employed by the trust on an annual remuneration package worth £270,000 until September 2022, HSJ has learned.

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NHS launches biggest central patient record programme since NPfIT

Seven trusts have been selected for a new centralised approach to buying major IT equipment in a bid to “accelerate” digitisation across the health service, HSJ has learned.

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Inconsistent leadership undermining safety of maternity services, says CQC

Inconsistent leadership and poor teamworking, lack of risk oversight and a failure to engage with women’s needs are among the issues continuing to affect the safety of some hospital maternity services, the Care Quality Commission has found.

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Troubled trust appoints new CEO

A mental health trust has appointed a permanent chief executive after a previous candidate withdrew his application for the role following an inquiry into his qualifications.

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Flagship public-private alliance faces major delays and row over ‘power and money’

A £440m community services contract was due to be handed over to a new provider alliance this month, but the partners have failed to agree contractual terms and predicted it could take a further 18 months to do so.

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Hospital and primary care leaders at odds over ICS boundary changes

Primary care leaders in Essex and Suffolk are at loggerheads with some of their acute counterparts over proposals which would make integrated care systems coterminous with the county council boundaries.

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Troubled trust names interim after appointed chief withdraws application

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has appointed an interim chief executive after its previous candidate was forced to withdraw his application in March after an inquiry about his qualifications.

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Revealed: The seven trusts getting £6m each for tech improvements

Seven trusts will receive £6m each over the next three years in the second phase of Matt Hancock’s plan to improve IT infrastructure in the health service.

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Trust chiefs complain to Hancock over his ‘restructure on a whim’

Trust chief executives and a senior Tory MP have contacted Matt Hancock to object to plans to redraw NHS boundaries, which are understood to be driven personally by him, HSJ has learned.

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NHS partners with Virgin to bag £440m contract

An alliance comprising private firm Virgin and local NHS providers has bagged a £440m contract for community services currently run by a social enterprise.

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Watchdog forced to hand over NHS staff names in safety failure cases

A national safety watchdog has been forced to release almost 100 pieces of evidence, including from NHS staff, after being ordered to by courts.

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Improving digital communication with patients

How can digital communication with patients help transform outpatient services?

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Stevens condemns videoing of ‘empty’ hospitals

NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has launched a blistering attack on people who post videos of ‘empty’ hospitals online claiming they show the NHS is not under pressure from covid.

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MP says hospital merger has ‘disadvantaged’ town

Colchester hospital has been chosen over Ipswich to host a new £44m elective orthopaedic centre, prompting East Suffolk politicians to allege their local provider has deteriorated since the two hospitals merged and urging a re-think.