Hospital beds

Revealed: The worst trusts for long discharge delays


The trusts with the most patients waiting at least a week after they are ‘ready’ to be discharged can be identified for the first time, following publication of new NHS England data.

Theatre pressures

Seven trusts relegated to NHSE’s poorest performers group


Seven trusts have been added to NHS England’s list of providers with the worst elective and cancer problems, putting the number of organisations in the ‘tier 1’ group back into double figures – and five leaving it, HSJ has learned.

Hospital consultants

Shelford trusts now paying consultants up to £269 an hour to cover strike night shifts


Seven of the 10 largest teaching trusts are understood to have acquiesced to demands by the British Medical Association to pay consultants higher overtime rates for covering August’s junior doctors’ strike.


Revealed: the eight trusts in NHS England’s most challenged group


Eight trusts are in NHS England’s latest list of the most challenged organisations in terms of elective and cancer recovery, 12 months on from when the system was first introduced.

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Failure to support staff with kids is costing NHS millions


NHS trusts need to prioritise working parents in their workforce by fostering inclusive environments, flexibility, and leadership support to retain talent and enhance patient care, writes Verena Hefti


Radiographers warn next strike could hit 100 trusts


The Society of Radiographers is considering reballoting members in an effort to significantly increase the scope of its industrial action, the union’s director of industrial strategy has told HSJ.


Seven trusts inexplicably removed from ‘40 new hospitals’ pledge


Seven trusts were removed from a list used to choose the ‘40 new hospitals’ with no documentation to explain why, a watchdog has found.


ICS sets balanced budget to avoid NHS England sanctions


System leaders in Yorkshire have said their decision to set a balanced financial plan instead of a deficit was shaped by the ‘tactics’ of engaging with NHS England, including the threat of potential sanctions.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Trust buys £85m EPR after abandoning previous procurement


An acute trust has signed an £85m deal with Oracle Cerner for a new electronic patient record, two years after abandoning a previous procurement.


Exclusive: Trusts abandon renewable electricity commitment


Around half of the largest trusts are not buying all their electricity from renewable sources despite a national requirement to do so, as prices of this type of energy rocket, HSJ  understands.

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CQC names worst trusts for maternity care


The trusts with substantially worse experience of maternity care have been identified by the Care Quality Commission.


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.

Breast cancer radiology

Influx of very low risk referrals sparks review of cancer services


NHS England is in talks about changing a pathway for women with breast problems after performance against the two-week target for them to be seen plummeted.

Royal Hallamshire

Senior managers at major trust ‘disempowered’, warns external review


Senior managers at a major teaching trust felt ‘disempowered’ in a risk-averse culture that hindered decision making, according to an independent review obtained by HSJ.


Leak reveals winners from NHSE surgery centralisation


Eleven hospitals have been chosen as specialist surgical centres as part of a controversial reconfiguration led by NHS England, according to internal documents seen by HSJ.


Trust sues over PFI building failures


One of England’s largest NHS trusts is suing its private finance initiative provider and an international construction company for millions after fire safety defects forced part of an acute hospital to close.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Revealed: The trusts making least progress in improving maternity services


The trusts that have made the most and least progress on urgent recommendations set out by the Ockenden review have been revealed


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.

Royal Hallamshire Hospital

CQC downgrade leaves teaching trust CEO feeling ‘devastated’


A major teaching trust has been rated ‘inadequate’ for safety, after an unannounced inspection found senior leaders did not intervene quickly enough to address patient care issues.

Emergency workforce

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.