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CQC names best and worst for maternity experience


The trusts where maternity care has deteriorated the most according to patient surveys have been identified by the Care Quality Commission.

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Revealed: The ‘unacceptable’ hospital buildings with no investment


Estates chiefs at 19 acute hospitals have classed more than half of their occupied space as  “not functionally suitable” and lacking any promise of major investment.


Revealed: 300,000 more NHS staff missing out on flu jab


Some 300,000 fewer frontline NHS staff had the winter flu vaccine last year than in 2019 and 2020, with huge variation in uptake among trusts, HSJ  analysis shows.

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National director leaves for exec role at teaching trust


NHS England’s director of urgent and emergency care is joining a major teaching trust as its chief operating officer.

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Recovery Watch: What ‘virtually eliminating’ 78-week breaches really means


Recovering services from the covid crisis is a big task for NHS leaders for the foreseeable future. The Recovery Watch newsletter tracks prospects and progress. This week by HSJ bureau chief and performance lead James Illman.

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Junior doctors being subjected to ‘public humiliation’, says trust boss


A hospital chief has warned colleagues of ‘significant behavioural concerns’ reported by junior doctors, including ‘undermining by public humiliation’.

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Exclusive: NHSE crackdown on 10-hour ambulance delays


NHS England has launched a new crackdown on trusts it says have a ‘management strategy’ to hold patients in the back of ambulances to cope with emergency pressures inside their hospitals, HSJ has learned.


Trust reports two ‘never events’ in area already under review for errors


A teaching trust has reported six ‘never events’ in less than two months, including incidents in a specialty already under review for errors.

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High profile director hired by trust to lead recovery from scandal


A trust which has been at the centre of a series of scandals over the last year has appointed a former regional director as its group chief medical officer.

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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.


Third of largest trusts do not know their carbon footprint


More than a third of the largest NHS trusts are still unable to state the size of their full carbon footprint, despite it being three years since the national plan for ‘net zero’ was established.

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Major blow to NHSE recovery plan as 65-week waits rise


The number of elective care waits over 65 weeks rose by nearly 13,000 between July and August – the biggest monthly increase in over two years, according to official data published today.

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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.

James Illman 2023

Recovery Watch: The trusts slipping the most on PM’s pledge


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 bureau chief and performance lead James Illman.

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Trust staff ‘disrespected’ and ‘pushed beyond their capacity’, review concludes


A review which captured the views of thousands of staff at one of the largest NHS trusts has found many feel ‘unsupported, disrespected and pushed beyond their capacity’.


Exec clear-out at teaching trust revealed


A major teaching trust confirmed an overhaul of its executive team today, including the sudden announcement that its chief medical officer is leaving.

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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.


A&E handover delays ‘still getting worse at some hospitals’


Ambulance chiefs say handover delays have got worse at some trusts in recent months, despite the picture improving nationally since last winter.


Revealed: 60pc of trusts have a ‘first-time’ CEO


Nearly two-thirds of trusts have a ‘first-time’ chief executive, while one-third of the sector’s CEOs have been in their current post for 18 months or less, following a period of remarkable turnover since the covid crisis.


‘Insecure’ junior medics ‘crying every day’ in ‘chaotic’ department


Delays in patient care and a lack of consultant support have left junior medics fearing for their mental health, an NHS England investigation has discovered.