University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

ICB maternity plan risks increasing deaths, senior medics claim


The medical leaders of the maternity unit of a flagship hospital threatened with closure have written to their chief executive saying the downgrade would not be safe, HSJ has learned.

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

£100m pathology contract outsourced by London acute


A north London acute is outsourcing its pathology services to a public-private partnership in a deal worth £105m.


Trusts ‘pause’ merger of exec teams


Two hospital trusts with a combined turnover of nearly £3bn have “paused” plans to merge their executive director teams.

Peter Reading 2021

New role for trust chief of 25 years


A veteran chief executive has been appointed as permanent head of an ambulance trust.


Hospital diverted patients rather than pay for locum doctors


A specialist hospital diverted patients to other centres at short notice rather than paying additional locum rates for doctors.

University College London Hospital

‘Same day’ emergency care drops at 40 trusts, despite NHSE push


A third of acute trusts are doing proportionally less “same day emergency care” activity than a year ago, despite this being a key pillar of NHS England’s recovery plan, data suggests.

Stroke patient rehab

Stiffer stroke target introduced – despite failure to meet old standard


The failure of trusts to offer stroke patients the level of rehab required by standards introduced 10 years ago has not prevented the publication of new guidance which demands even higher performance.

Matt kearney

We should not tolerate the NHS's suboptimal cardiovascular care


Dr Matt Kearney challenges the longstanding NHS tolerance of suboptimal care that drives cardiovascular disease – and the potential use of routine GP data that would prevent thousands of heart attacks and strokes in three years.

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.

Richard Murray

NHSE must target cash-rich trusts for savings, as well as strugglers, says ex-DH boss


Regulators are trying to squeeze cost savings out of some of the most financially challenged trusts and should focus more heavily on organisations with healthier balance sheets, says a former Department of Health director.


The case for embedding welfare rights advisers throughout the NHS


Dr Sarah Beardon argues ICSs need to think more strategically about developing health justice partnerships, which should to be implemented at scale for the benefit of communities nationwide

Surgery tools

Forty trusts are set elective target less ambitious than last year


NHS trusts have been given targets to increase elective activity that range from 103 per cent of pre-pandemic levels to nearly 130 per cent, internal data seen by HSJ reveals.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: Where’s the harm?


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

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The NHS can lead the UK’s green economy


With innovative treatments powered by renewable energy, and with digitally enabled services connecting us with patients wherever they are, we can grow the healthcare economy and high skill jobs using a fraction of the carbon, writes Luke O’Shea

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Staff on high alert over 'fake' health secretary


NHS staff urged to be vigilant as authorities warn about a spate of bogus officials, reports Julian Patterson


Four in five trusts yet to reach digitisation target


Only one in five trusts has reached the level of digitisation required by 2025 – more than three years after the target was set, tech chiefs have revealed.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: The nursing walkout isn't really about pay


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: Commissioning yourself


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

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Recovery Watch: Debate over ‘sticking plaster’ A&E model


Recovering services from the covid crisis is the big task for NHS leaders for the foreseeable future. The Recovery Watch newsletter tracks prospects and progress. This week by HSJ emergency care correspondent Matt Discombe

Technology optimal

Trust considers joining up EPR with neighbour


A trust is considering joining up its electronic patient record system with a neighbouring major acute when its current contract expires.