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Following the Money: The trusts with the biggest drops in productivity


HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get back in the black. By finance correspondent Henry Anderson.

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Stiffer stroke target introduced – despite failure to meet old standard


The failure of trusts to offer stroke patients the level of rehab required by standards introduced 10 years ago has not prevented the publication of new guidance which demands even higher performance.

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Patients put ‘at risk’ by NHSE plans to cut follow-ups


NHS England’s plans to reduce follow-up appointments is leading to patient safety risks and increasing waiting lists, an acute trust has warned.

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Revealed: Best and worst trusts for cleanliness and food


The best and worst trusts for cleanliness and food have been revealed in a national assessment by patients and staff.


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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Patients fit for discharge stuck in hospital for up to nine months


Medically fit patients are waiting up to nine months to be discharged from some NHS hospitals as increasing numbers of working age people develop more complex conditions amid ongoing social care shortages.

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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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The Ward Round: Midwifery in crisis


Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night – and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, ensures you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping the workforce.

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Steep increase in number of trusts struggling with long stay patients


Acute trusts are reporting increasing numbers of long stay patients as NHS England highlights the number of ‘medically fit’ patients who do not need to be in hospital.

Trusts and ICS miss out on millions after NHSE shifted goalposts


Trusts and commissioners have confirmed they lost out on millions of pounds after NHS England changed funding rules three months into the financial year, angering local leaders.

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Staff able to request flexible working from first day under new deal


A new deal is being agreed between unions and NHS employers to make it easier for staff to request flexible working arrangements, including enabling workers to request flexible working from their first day.

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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.

Exclusive: NHS pleas for covid upgrade funds went unmet ahead of second wave


Local NHS requests for hundreds of millions of pounds of government funding to help deal with covid pressures have gone unanswered throughout the pandemic, an HSJ investigation has found.

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New trust’s ‘inexperienced’ leadership criticised as CQC serves warning


The Care Quality Commission has criticised a new trust’s leadership after issuing it with a warning notice to improve care in its two emergency departments.


Trust boss quits to run new primary care provider


An experienced trust boss is leaving his organisation to form a new primary care organisation.

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Up to 10,000 people could be waiting more than a year for operations


Up to 10,000 patients may be waiting more than a year for elective treatment as a result of covid-19, official data suggests.


Single trust reports 21 new coronavirus deaths


There have been 83 deaths reported from covid-19 in England over the past 24 hours with nearly a quarter of them in a single London trust.

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Staff survey: Best and worst for ‘recommending care’


HSJ’s analysis of the staff survey has revealed which trusts are strongest and weakest according to the share of employees who would be happy with its care if a friend or a relative needed treatment.

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Trust’s consultants allege they’re ‘bullied by managers’


Consultants at an acute hospital have reported being bullied by senior managers to move patients inappropriately and to prioritise targets over quality and safety.

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It’s a bad autumn for the waiting list as admissions falter


When the NHS keeps up with demand, the waiting list shrinks in the autumn. It isn’t shrinking, notes Rob Findlay