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Patient Safety Watch: ‘Our son was not a learning opportunity’


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

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Hospitals drop ‘outstanding’ ratings in wake of merger


Two hospitals which had been rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission have dropped to “requires improvement” in the wake of a merger with underperforming neighbours.

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NHSE seeks to ease key elective target


NHS England is in negotiations with ministers to formally push back the target to eliminate 65-week waiters, HSJ has learned.

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Staff ‘picked on by trust’s execs’, review hears


An external review has told a trust to consider the “suitability, professionalism and effectiveness” of its executive leadership team, after hearing of a “culture of fear” in surgery teams.

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Revealed: Doubling of average waits for critical stroke treatments


Stroke patients in England are waiting an average of almost seven hours for a specialist bed, double the wait reported before covid.

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HSJ’s 10 most-read quality and performance stories of 2023


2024 has arrived, but there’s still time to have a look over the most-read quality and performance stories for the year just gone.

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Revealed: Urgent treatment centres with the longest wait times


Patients at many urgent treatment centres face significantly longer wait times than those set out in NHS England targets, according to internal data.

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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.

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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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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.


Ministers name 30 trusts receiving share of £250m fund


Ministers have named the 30 trusts which will receive a share of a £250m fund to increase urgent and emergency care capacity.


Strike exemption requests not approved despite staffing concerns


Updated: Several trusts’ requests for exemptions from junior doctors’ strike actions — citing difficulties securing enough shifts to safely staff services — were not approved, and in one case withdrawn by the British Medical Association.


Trust withheld key details of deaths, review finds


An ambulance service has pledged to overhaul how it makes disclosures to coroners after a review found that details of care failings were withheld in a number of cases.

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Police examining ‘medical malpractice’ at teaching hospital


Police are looking into a number of patient deaths at a leading tertiary centre, HSJ has learned.

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London Eye: Trusts wobble on consultant pay demand


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


Exclusive: 800 consultants refuse to cover juniors strike without extra pay


More than 800 consultants in London have signed a letter saying they will not cover the junior doctors’ strike next week unless their trusts agree to pay a higher overtime rate set by the British Medical Association.

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NHSE finally appoints regional director after months of sign-off delay


London has a new regional director after months of delays from national bodies.

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‘Outstanding’ trust drops to ‘requires improvement’ after staff ‘let down by senior leaders’


An “outstanding” trust’s Care Quality Commission rating has been dropped to “requires improvement”, after inspectors found potential safety risks and a disconnect between board and ward.

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Trust fears medics will be ‘harassed’ if it publishes surgery report


Two external reviews have been carried out into a trust’s general surgery services amid concerns about whether it is a ‘safe interpersonal working environment’.