The management of fragile maternity services is being hamstrung by a lack of clear standards and direction from government and regulators, trust chairs and chief executives have told HSJ.
An acute trust in the East Midlands has been issued with a warning notice and seen its maternity services downgraded from ‘good’ to ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission after ‘assurances’ that improvements had been made proved misleading.
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.
Two trusts have been added to NHS England’s list of those identified as needing the most support meeting cancer and elective targets.
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.
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A hospital trust has been told to pay almost a quarter of a million pounds after pleading guilty to failing to provide safe care to a patient with advanced dementia who fatally injured himself.
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An acute trust facing a worsening financial position has been warned it lacks ‘sufficient grip and control’ on spending.
Almost a third of acute trusts have been identified by NHS England as being ‘at risk’ of missing key targets for electives and cancer recovery, with some facing ‘periodic calls between ministers and CEOs’, HSJ can reveal.
A specialist trust has promoted its chief operating officer to be its new chief executive.
Mental health patients who arrive at emergency departments in crisis are increasingly facing ‘outrageous’ long waits for an inpatient bed, with some being forced to wait several days.
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.
The chief executive of an ‘outstanding’ specialist hospital has been appointed to lead a large general acute trust in the Midlands.
Trusts are still spending at least £1m a year on settlement agreements with staff containing ‘gagging clauses’, despite a crackdown on these conditions in recent years, HSJ research reveals.
Trusts have so far received just over half of the £102m they said was needed for ‘immediate and essential’ improvements in maternity services.
An NHS trust lost more than £360,000 after a music festival organised through a company owned by the trust was cancelled due to poor ticket sales.
NHS England and NHS Improvement spent £30.8m on compulsory redundancies during the two-year period in which they effectively merged, and made six-figure exit payments to five directors, accounts show.