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Former NHSE chief made chair of two trusts

Two acute trusts in the Black Country are to share a former NHS England chief executive as their joint chair.

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Former NHSE chief executive steps down as trust chair

A former CEO of NHS England is stepping down from his position as chair of an acute hospital trust.

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Trust delays opening of Carillion-hit hospital again

A major new NHS hospital has been delayed again after local chiefs announced a revised opening date

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Revealed: The trusts hit hardest by covid

Revealing the hospital trusts hit hardest through the pandemic so far, and what their chief executives want to be learned from the experience.


CEOs of covid-ravaged trusts call for more action on shared waiting lists

Coordination of waiting lists and elective treatment across health systems and regions should be ‘far more systematic’, and could have happened earlier, chief executives of some of the hardest hit trusts have told HSJ.

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Region’s hospitals expect covid pressure to rise for another two weeks

Another two weeks of rising covid admissions have been forecast for one of the country’s hardest-hit regions for hospital cases, with senior sources telling HSJ they expect staff absences ‘to get worse before they get better’ and culminate in an end-of-January peak.

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Treatment disrupted as trust suffers major data loss

A major IT incident at an acute trust is disrupting treatment for eye patients after a significant data loss, it has emerged.

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Trusts face uncosted £4m rise in energy bills

Some NHS trusts are reporting huge hikes to their gas and electricity bills, with finance chiefs expecting increases of up to £4m in this financial year.


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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Revealed: the trusts where one in six staff have not had two covid jabs

There are 16 NHS trusts where at least one in six staff have not had two doses of coronavirus vaccine, and all but one of them are in London and Birmingham.

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First of ‘40 new hospitals’ delayed amid EU workforce disruption

Disruption to the supply of materials and workforce to the construction sector have contributed to another delay to a major new hospital, for which planning started more than 10 years ago.

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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.


Service rated ‘good’ despite ‘weaknesses in culture’

A trust’s maternity services were rated ‘good’ despite an independent report finding ‘weaknesses in the culture’ and ‘defensive and fractious’ behaviours, HSJ has learned.


Trust appoints permanent CEO after year of interim leadership

An acute trust in the Midlands has made its interim chief executive a permanent appointment.

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Primary care must be helped to work with hospitals in driving the NHS recovery

Central to meeting the challenge facing the NHS will be transforming the relationship between patients, their GPs and their hospitals and linked community services. By Chris Hopson and Vincent Sai


Exclusive: Hospitals face ‘most difficult period’ since start of pandemic, NHSE warns

NHS England has told hospitals they may be entering the “most difficult period” of the pandemic for more than a year — and said high rates of admissions are ”closely linked” to low vaccine uptake.

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Trust CEO to formally step down for think tank role

The chief executive of an acute trust in the Midlands is set to formally leave the post to work at a health think tank.

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HSJ Awards 2020: Environmental Sustainability Award

WINNER: Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust – Providing Healthcare That Won’t Cost the Earth

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Whistleblowers flag ‘toxic management’ within maternity service

Former staff at a Midlands acute trust have raised concerns over a ‘toxic management culture’ and ‘unsafe’ staffing levels within its maternity services, HSJ has learned.