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Interim CEO named after failure to replace 40-year trust boss


An interim CEO has been appointed to take the helm of two Black Country trusts while they re-run a recruitment process.

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More trusts discover their buildings have faulty concrete


Thirteen more NHS hospitals have identified a potentially unsafe form of concrete in their buildings, causing closures and disruption to wards.


Five trust CEOs were paid more than £300,000 last year


Several trust chief executives were paid more than £300,000 in 2022-23, including adjustments for previous underpayments, pay in lieu of pension contributions, and redundancy packages.


HSJ Podcast: Why GP reform is finally coming


General practice – already under pressure – will be under the political spotlight over the next 12 months, with an election looming and the GP contract up for renewal.

Steve Field

Chair retires after contentious trust takeover


The joint chair of two Midlands hospitals is stepping down after a four-year term.


‘Landmark’ integrated trust faces axe


Health leaders in the Midlands are considering winding down or merging an NHS trust that was supposed to hold a ‘landmark’ integrated care contract worth £360m, according to trust papers.

Ali Parsa

Babylon ‘cautious on NHS expansion’ as it ‘loses money on every patient’


Digital provider Babylon Health is going to be “very cautious” about any further growth of its GP services in the UK, as it still loses money on every patient it sees, its chief executive has said.

David Loughton

Trust chief appointed permanent ‘group CEO’ despite ‘poor behaviour’ finding


A trust chief executive who behaved “poorly and inappropriately” in his role as interim CEO of another acute provider has been appointed permanent boss of both organisations.

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Trust CEO ‘behaved poorly’ and chair was ‘complicit’, NHS England review concludes


A trust chair found by an NHS England review to have been complicit with poor and inappropriate behaviour has said he is now “really proud” of the organisation, in contrast to reports that he had been “ashamed to call himself chair” last year.

David Loughton

Long-serving CEO takes over neighbouring acute trust


A long-serving NHS chief executive is set to become interim boss for a neighbouring hospital trust, amid plans for a provider group model.

New Cross Hospital

Trainees deployed to wards as overseas recruitment ‘blown out the water’


A trust in the Midlands says its international recruitment plans have been ‘blown out of the water’ by the new covid variant and recent travel bans – and forced it to deploy medical trainees to the wards.


The importance of buy-in if digital communication with patients is to prosper


If the gains made in recent months are to be consolidated and advanced, support from boards, clinicians and patients will be vital

Digital communication

How can the NHS further accelerate advances in digital communication with patients?


Coronavirus has helped put digital communication with patients firmly on the agenda. But how can the NHS further accelerate those advances, perhaps shifting to a setup in which such communication becomes the default? An HSJ webinar, supported by Zesty, explored this key issue.

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Regulator pressures trusts to ‘rapidly’ agree hospital group model


NHS England and Improvement has written to trusts in the Black Country urging them to “rapidly” agree on a hospital group model, HSJ can reveal

Digital communication

How can the NHS further accelerate advances in digital communication with patients?


Professor Sultan Mahmud was part of a small expert panel considering how the NHS might further accelerate advances in communicating with patients via online services, particularly given the coronavirus pandemic.

David Loughton

CEO says lives were lost as he was ‘leant on’ to delay covid restrictions


A trust chief says he was “leant on from a big height” to delay visiting restrictions at the start of the coronavirus pandemic - a decision which he believes could have cost 25 lives.

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Revealed: The hospitals facing most pressure to meet coronavirus demand


New analysis from Edge Health shows that district general hospitals around the centre of London have been the hardest hit by the covid-19 surge, says George Batchelor

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Exclusive: Covid app launched for those with ‘medium severity’ symptoms


Royal Wolverhampton Trust has become the first provider to sign a deal with Babylon Health for citywide coverage of a new covid-19 app, HSJ has learned.


Coronavirus deaths cluster appears in the West Midlands


A second coronavirus spike appears to be emerging in the West Midlands, with one of the region’s trusts now reporting nine deaths from the illness.

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Babylon and NHS trust reveal ‘digital-first integrated care’ deal


Babylon has announced major plans to partner with a Midlands trust and launch “digital-first integrated care” across the region.