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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.

Ambulance

Summer crisis deepens as trolley waits hit new high

Performance figures deteriorated to record lows this month as the unprecedented summer NHS crisis deepens, with trolley waits reaching a new high point and the waiting list growing to more than 6.7 million people.

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North by North West: The software upgrade that sparked huge IT failure

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‘Total IT failure’ at four hospitals sparks safety concerns

Four hospitals in Greater Manchester are struggling with a near ‘total IT failure’ which has forced staff in all key services to use handwritten lists and notes.

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North by North West: Exploring the exodus of NHSE directors

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Finance chief appointed trust CEO

The finance director of one of the largest hospital trusts in England has been appointed chief executive of an acute provider in Cheshire

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Blowing whistle on trust CEO ‘hardest thing I’ve had to do’, says his successor

A trust chief who blew the whistle on her predecessor’s ‘aggressive’ behaviour and lack of interest in patient safety says it was the hardest thing she has had to do in her career.

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North by North West: The place is the thing

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Surgery

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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North by North West: Christie rebuffs NHSE and refuses to apologise

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North by North West: Merger ‘kicked into long grass’ amid warring departments

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Neonatal units face ‘redesignation’ under national shake-up

A major shake-up of neonatal care, aimed at reducing mortality and illness, could see dozens of units restricted to caring for less premature babies.

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North by North West: Ambulance crisis being shrugged off

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Construction

Leak reveals ‘40 new hospitals’ cash must cover rising costs of existing schemes

Spiralling costs at delayed NHS construction projects will reduce available funding for new “hospitals” promised by the government, HSJ has learned.

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Trusts spending £1m+ a year on settlement deals with gagging clauses

Trusts are still spending at least £1m a year on settlement agreements with staff containing ‘gagging clauses’, despite a crackdown on these conditions in recent years, HSJ research reveals.

Surgery

Doctors say NHS England ‘unfair’ in decision to remove surgery from some hospitals

Serious concerns have been raised about an ‘unfair’ tender process which will lead to specialist surgery being withdrawn from multiple hospitals.

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‘Trolley waits’ of 12 hours balloon to more than 5,000

Emergency departments reported more than 5,000 ‘trolley waits’ of at least 12 hours in September, the highest ever monthly total, and almost double the pre-covid record.

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Neighbouring acute trusts work to dampen ‘rivalry’

Two major trusts which are widely perceived to have an intense local rivalry have been making efforts to improve their relations, according to the chair of one of the providers.

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Exclusive: Eight trusts now have one in 10 beds filled by covid patients

Eight hospital trusts have hit the point where one in 10 of their beds is occupied by a patient with coronavirus, figures seen by HSJ reveal, and several more are approaching it.