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Trusts told to plan for 10% cuts on top of annual savings


Trusts in Lancashire have been told to plan for a 10 per cent cut in their contract values, on top of the annual efficiency savings they were already planning for next year.

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North by North West: Trusts prepare for fight over maternity


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Trust leaders raise alarm over ‘mad’ approach to scrutiny of maternity services


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.

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Revealed: The worst trusts for long discharge delays


The trusts with the most patients waiting at least a week after they are ‘ready’ to be discharged can be identified for the first time, following publication of new NHS England data.


System ‘resisting change’ and lacking skills for financial recovery, says CEO


A chief executive has said his system’s financial recovery is being hampered by staff who are resistant to change, with too many people lacking the right skills and experience.

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Exclusive: Site-level A&E performance revealed for the first time


The true scale of poor performance against the four-hour waiting time target at individual A&E sites, which is often masked by the official trust-level data, has been laid bare for the first time by information acquired by HSJ.


Thousands of women left waiting for induction due to staff shortages


Thousands of women are having induction of labour delayed because of a shortage of staff, raising concerns about the safety of them and their babies, HSJ has found.

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Exclusive: Hancock denies political motive for inclusion of ‘Red Wall’ project in new hospital programme


A building project in a marginal constituency was added to the government’s ‘40 new hospitals’ programme despite not being on the longlist of schemes proposed by NHS England.

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North by North West: Grit in the CoG


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Major trust chief executive to step down


The chief executive of a major acute trust, who has held leadership positions in the NHS for almost two decades, has announced her resignation.


Teaching trust appoints joint chair after two failed attempts


A teaching trust in Lancashire has appointed a new chair at the third attempt.

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North by North West: Has Lancashire missed a trick?


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North by North West: NHSE’s handling of Christie whistleblowing case faces judicial review


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Around 20 trusts ‘still without electric vehicle charging points’


Around 20 trusts have not yet installed any electric vehicle charging points on their sites, HSJ analysis shows.


‘He tarnished my reputation’: whistleblower demands action against CQC accuser


A former adviser for the Care Quality Commission has called on the regulator to explain what action it has taken against the officials responsible for wrongly dismissing him after he raised whistleblowing concerns.

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North by North West: Doing the right thing


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CQC inspection teams lacked ‘correct expertise’, review finds


A review of the Care Quality Commission’s failures in a high-profile whistleblowing case says it needs to ensure clinicians with the “correct expertise” are placed on its inspection teams.

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BMA ‘rate card’ wipes out elective recovery gains, claims trust


A struggling acute trust says its failure to hit its elective care targets is directly linked to doctors’ demanding overtime rates in line with the British Medical Association’s new rate cards, as national tensions around the issue intensify.

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Patient Safety Watch: All change for maternity transformation


HSJ is now hosting the Patient Safety Watch newsletter, written by Patient Safety Watch trustee James Titcombe.

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Flagship merger ‘effectively scrapped’ after ‘wasting millions’


The leader of a flagship ‘hub and spoke’ pathology merger has criticised regulators after the project was effectively dropped due to delays in receiving £31m of capital that was allocated to the scheme in 2018.