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Winners of 2018 HSJ Value Awards revealed

The HSJ Value Awards 2018 honour projects that deliver improvements for patients

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Trusts lose out on cash after safety ‘mis-declarations’

Three trusts have lost out on more than £1m in rebate from the maternity clinical negligence scheme after they ‘mis-declared’ that they were compliant with safety requirements.

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Trusts failing on waiting list ask told to ‘get act together’

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.

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Neonatal units face ‘redesignation’ under national shake-up

A major shake-up of neonatal care, aimed at reducing mortality and illness, could see dozens of units restricted to caring for less premature babies.

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Trusts failed to win ‘hearts and minds’ for controversial merger, says review

Relationships between a foundation trust’s board and its governors broke down with ‘a cycle of mistrust’ between the two and some governors’ actions placing ‘an additional burden on staff at a time of unprecedented challenge for the NHS,’ an independent review has found.

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Chief revealed for large hospital trust

The former chief medical officer of a large multisite trust is set to be confirmed as its new chief executive, HSJ has learned.

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Majority of ‘last resort’ ambulance diverts reported by only two trusts

Two acute trusts account for almost two-thirds of emergency department ‘diverts’ reported over the last two months.

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Region sees covid admissions start to rise again

There has been a significant rise in the number of patients admitted or newly diagnosed with covid in hospitals in the South East.

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New trust chair signs off review of proposed merger

A rapid independent review has been launched into how a trust handled a controversial proposed merger and its relations with its governors.

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Trusts delay controversial merger due to ‘operational pressures’

A large acute trust and small specialist trust have delayed plans to complete a controversial merger.

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Trust keeps ‘outstanding’ rating despite not listening ‘enough’ to staff concerns

The Care Quality Commission has rated the surgery and maternity departments at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton ‘inadequate’ following concerns over lifesaving emergency surgery being delayed and pregnant women waiting up to six hours to be assessed by a doctor.

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NHS trouble-shooter appointed chair of trust where governors are resisting merger

One of England’s smallest trusts – which is in dispute with its governors over an impending merger – has appointed a new chair.

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Leak reveals ‘40 new hospitals’ cash must cover rising costs of existing schemes

Spiralling costs at delayed NHS construction projects will reduce available funding for new “hospitals” promised by the government, HSJ has learned.

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‘Outstanding’ rated trust given CQC warning notice after staff raised alarm

An acute trust currently rated ‘outstanding’ has been served with a warning notice by the Care Quality Commission, after senior doctors’ safety concerns prompted an inspection.

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Care increasingly disrupted by building failures as NHS repair bill grows

Patient care is being disrupted by increasing numbers of infrastructure failures amid a continued rise in the cost of fixing outdated and potentially dangerous parts of the NHS estate, new figures show.

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Leading trust chief announces retirement

One of the NHS’ most renowned chief executives is announcing her retirement this lunchtime, HSJ has learned.

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‘Stupid’ and ‘wrong’ for NHS to compete for overseas nurses, claims health minister

A new health minister has said NHS efforts to compete to attract overseas nurses are ‘stupid’, despite the approach being government policy.

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Consultants pass no confidence motion in chief executive

Consultants at a specialist trust which is exploring a merger with its larger neighbour have passed a vote of no confidence in its chief executive – and the planned interim chair has had to step down on health grounds.

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HSJ podcast: Why NHS services are collapsing

On this week’s podcast, we discuss the knock-on impact covid has had on staffing and services, after medical consultants at a major acute trust warned its leadership that specialist staff shortages are causing services to become unsafe.

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Exclusive: ‘Devastated’ doctors warn trust CEO of ‘extremely unsafe situation’

Consultants at a major tertiary centre have written to their chief executive, warning services are in ‘an extremely unsafe situation’ and calling for elective work to be diverted elsewhere.