A large NHS trust has reported a huge jump in patients waiting more than two years for elective treatment, bucking the national trend which shows numbers reducing.
Several of the ‘40 new hospitals’ promised by government face further delay and disruption because the trusts are receiving less cash than needed for crucial planning work this year, HSJ can reveal.
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.
An under-resourced finance department where staff did not feel they could blow the whistle on senior colleagues was a factor in enabling ‘intentional misstatement’ of a major acute trust’s financial position, HSJ has been told.
The number of two-year elective breaches jumped 15 per cent to 18,585 patients between October and November, although the NHS’s overall waiting list size stabilised at just under six million patients.
Only one of the six ‘new hospitals’ prioritised for construction by the government more than two years ago is on track to be operating by the original target date of 2025, HSJ can reveal.
The location of first ‘covid surge hubs’ has been announced by the Department of Health and Social Care.
The NHS’ performance against cancer waiting time standards has hit a record low, with several major regional centres seeing a worsening in their record since last year, analysis by HSJ reveals.
Ambulance handover delays lasting more than 60 minutes have quadrupled compared to this time last year, according to internal NHS data.
A major acute trust at the centre of an ‘unprecedented’ financial failure has had to delay publishing its overdue accounts again, board papers have revealed.
At the outset of the pandemic a new telephone service was established to proactively call cancer patients to check their wellbeing, offer holistic therapy, provide local information and support, refer to appropriate services or simply provide a listening ear and reduce isolation.
Four health systems have been put into NHS England’s replacement for the special measures regime, as well as four more acute trusts.
NHS trusts hoping to build the first new hospitals under the government’s flagship infrastructure project have been told to submit plans for schemes costing less than £400m, prompting concern about plans being watered down.
The official leading the government’s flagship hospital building programme has admitted ‘the brakes have come on’ for some of the frontrunner projects, with some having to revisit their designs due to new requirements.
The number of patients waiting more than two years for elective care has grown by nearly half in the space of one month, HSJ analysis can reveal.
University Hospitals of Leicester Trust has appointed Richard Mitchell as its new chief executive.
The trusts with the biggest share of their waiting list at more than 18 months and two years has been revealed for the first time.
A teaching trust is planning a £1.2bn rebuild as part of the government’s new hospitals programme, having rejected a single new site option as “too expensive” at an estimated £4bn.
An East Midlands trust in the middle of an ongoing investigation into financial mismanagement has appointed an interim chair for the next year.
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