Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


IT system which sparked safety alert dropped by 13 trusts


More than a dozen trusts have changed their maternity IT system – or are in the process of doing so – following a national patient safety alert.

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Trust takes over private hospital


A successful acute trust has bought a private hospital for just under £10m to increase elective capacity.

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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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ICB pauses work on new stroke unit after ‘assurance’ concerns


A decade-long bid to establish a hyper-acute stroke unit has been delayed further after commissioners raised “assurance” concerns.

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Maternity unit rated ‘inadequate’ after delayed Caesarean warning


A trust’s main maternity unit has been rated “inadequate” and given a warning notice amid concerns delayed Caesarean sections are causing harm to babies.


Five trust CEOs were paid more than £300,000 last year


Several trust chief executives were paid more than £300,000 in 2022-23, including adjustments for previous underpayments, pay in lieu of pension contributions, and redundancy packages.

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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”.

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‘Same day’ emergency care drops at 40 trusts, despite NHSE push


A third of acute trusts are doing proportionally less “same day emergency care” activity than a year ago, despite this being a key pillar of NHS England’s recovery plan, data suggests.

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Trust directors guilty of ‘significant failure’ in not preventing abuse of 101 bodies in mortuary


The leadership of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust has been told to ‘reflect’ on the ‘weaknesses and failings’ which contributed to a maintenance supervisor being able to sexually violate more than 100 bodies in hospital mortuaries over a period of at least 15 years.

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Autistic patient trapped in hospital ward for four months due to system failures


Two young people facing mental health crises were left on paediatric wards for months while different agencies across a health system struggled to find appropriate placements.

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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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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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Two trusts added to NHSE list of providers at ‘high risk’


Two trusts have been added to NHS England’s list of those identified as needing the most support meeting cancer and elective targets.

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Region gets first top-tier acute trust


A Kent general acute trust has become the first in its region to be rated in the top tier of NHS England’s oversight framework, and only the seventh nationally.


Scandal-hit trust loses four directors


The trust at the centre of a maternity scandal is losing four executive directors in the space of a few months.

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All new hospitals must have single rooms only, government rules


All new hospitals built in England must have only single patient rooms, health infrastructure chiefs have confirmed, requiring an overhaul of many trusts’ current proposals.

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Families blame ‘chaotic, splenetic mess of a government’ for compensation hold-up


Families whose loved ones’ bodies were sexually abused in a hospital mortuary have yet to receive any compensation, because the Department of Health and Social Care has not signed off a proposed framework.

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Exclusive: New hospitals could be required to have single patient rooms only


New hospitals may be required to have single patient rooms only, HSJ can reveal.


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.