University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

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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actions — citing difficulties securing enough shifts to safely staff services — were not approved, and in one case withdrawn by the British Medical Association.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’.

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Exclusive: NHSE aware of concerns over surgery nearly three years before suspension


NHS England was aware of concerns about upper gastrointestinal surgery at a hospital nearly three years before the Care Quality Commission intervened to stop it being carried out, HSJ can reveal.

Neil Mortensen

Eight trusts win place on elective recovery project


Eight trusts have been awarded roles trialling a new accreditation scheme for surgical hubs as part of an NHS England pilot that will run until March.


Consultant refused to carry out urgent surgery at trust facing criticism from CQC


A consultant surgeon refused to attend hospital to carry out urgent surgery at a trust which later had upper gastrointestinal surgery suspended after an unannounced Care Quality Commission visit.

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Controversial trust merger abandoned


A planned merger between a South Coast mega trust and its much smaller neighbour has been abandoned.


Mental Health Matters: The NHS is delivering care from the dark ages


HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector, by correspondent Emily Townsend — contact me in confidence.


Summer crisis deepens as trolley waits hit new high


Performance figures deteriorated to record lows this month as the unprecedented summer NHS crisis deepens, with trolley waits reaching a new high point and the waiting list growing to more than 6.7 million people.

Jayne Black

Trust promotes COO to CEO after less than a year


An acute trust has promoted its chief operating officer, who joined 10 months ago, to chief executive.