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Fraudulent ex-NHS chair told he must repay almost £100k

A former NHS chair who lied his way into a string of top jobs must pay back nearly £100,000 of earnings after the Supreme Court overruled his successful appeal.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Dozens of patients wait more than two days in A&E, reveals trust

Nearly 90 patients waited two days or more before admission in a two-month period in one of the NHS’s most under pressure emergency departments, according to new trust data.

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Multiple deaths due to care delays highlighted in damning CQC report

Dozens of patients died or suffered ‘severe harm’ after long waits for ambulances during a three-month period in a health system facing ‘extreme pressure’ on its emergency services.

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West Country Chronicle: Scandal-hit trusts show signs of progress

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Building order of ‘new hospitals’ revealed as £550m consultancy deals announced

Projects in Dorset and Devon are set to be the first within the government’s New Hospital Programme to agree construction contracts.

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Revealed: Trusts with the biggest falls in staff confidence in care provided

Several large teaching hospitals are among those which saw the steepest declines in the proportion of staff who would recommend the care of their organisation, according to the NHS staff survey results.

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Trusts scrap long-awaited merger

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West Country Chronicle: Trusts set ‘enablers’ for merger

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Trust drops plan to insist on covid vaccination for all staff

An acute trust has dropped a proposal to mandate two covid-19 vaccinations for all staff regardless of whether they were patient facing in a move which would have gone further than national guidelines require.

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West Country Chronicle: ‘Chicken and egg situation’ at trust’s ED

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HSJ podcast: How the NHS is preparing for Omicron

Record covid cases are being seen and the NHS must decide how to prepare for another potential wave in late December or January.

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HSJ podcast: Winter of the ‘cancer catastrophe’?

This week we dig into the latest NHS performance data, including the first detailed snapshot of how the NHS is coping this winter.

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Ambulance A&E handovers now a third higher than last winter’s peak

Nearly one in 10 ambulances faced at least an hour-long wait to hand over patients last week – with more than 8,000 delayed outside A&E departments.

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West Country Chronicle: ICSs go for continuity candidates

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Ambulance and trolley waits soar to record levels

Ambulance response times hit new lows last month, leaving heart attack and stroke patients waiting nearly an hour to be reached on average, despite the system having an 18-minute target for this cohort.

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West Country Chronicle: Another troubling waiting list

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Leak reveals hour-long ambulance delays have quadrupled in 12 months

Ambulance handover delays lasting more than 60 minutes have quadrupled compared to this time last year, according to internal NHS data.

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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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Inappropriate payments to trust directors caused by ‘exceptional events’

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‘Considerable disquiet’ over lack of savings from £7m consultancy contract

There has been ‘considerable disquiet’ among board members of a beleaguered NHS trust over £7m of spending on a consultancy contract, which according to auditors has so far delivered ‘no tangible savings’.