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Hospitals to review concrete risks to ‘maintain safety and confidence’


NHS boards have been told to obtain extra assurance around the risks to unsafe concrete beams in their estate, following the sudden closure of school buildings.

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Rebuilding DGH will now cost ‘more than £600m’, says chief


The forecast cost for a small acute trust’s new hospital has increased from a previous estimate of £600m, its chief executive has told HSJ, as inflation piles pressure on the government’s New Hospitals Programme.

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Revealed: Best and worst trusts for cleanliness and food


The best and worst trusts for cleanliness and food have been revealed in a national assessment by patients and staff.

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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.


Waiting times got worse at trusts that dropped A&E target


Trusts trialling NHS England’s new A&E metrics reported worse average waiting times for admitted patients than those which stayed on the four-hour target, an HSJ analysis suggests.

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‘Witch-hunt’ trust finally gets new CEO


West Suffolk Foundation Trust has appointed a new substantive chief executive just over a year after Steve Dunn stood down from the role following a protracted bullying scandal.


Four in five trusts yet to reach digitisation target


Only one in five trusts has reached the level of digitisation required by 2025 – more than three years after the target was set, tech chiefs have revealed.


Trusts need hundreds of millions to stop hospitals’ roofs collapsing


Trusts need hundreds of millions of pounds to remediate dangerous roofs.

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Trust appoints former banker as chair


Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn Foundation Trust has appointed a former banker as chair as it rebuilds a top team following the departures of its chair and chief executive.


Govt to add trusts with unsafe roofs to ‘40 new hospitals’ programme


Several trusts with dangerous structural planks are set to be selected for the government’s flagship hospital building programme, HSJ has learned.

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Fresh allegations of whistleblower mismanagement at ‘witch hunt’ trust


Fresh concerns have been raised about the treatment of whistleblowers by managers at a trust recently embroiled in a high-profile bullying scandal, the hospital’s workforce director has disclosed.

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NHSE wants ‘witch hunt’ lessons shared widely, says trust’s CEO


NHS England wants lessons learned by a trust overhauling its culture after a high-profile bullying scandal to be shared systemwide because similar problems have been evident at other trusts, the hospital’s boss has said.

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HSJ podcast: An uncomfortable message for NHS CEOs


The man in charge of elective recovery in the NHS has said the health service faces more scrutiny from ministers, and the public, than ever before. But is the NHS ready to respond?


Trust apologises for saying patient’s sexual assault ‘didn’t happen’


A hospital trust has apologised to a mental health patient who reported being sexually assaulted in its A&E department – after it emerged in a safety review that staff wrote ‘this has not happened’ and dismissed her claims of the attack.

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‘Witch hunt’ trust chair stands down


The chair of the trust slammed in a scathing review for its ‘intimidating… flawed and not fit for purpose’ hunt for a whistleblower has stood down.

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‘Witch hunt’ trust chief who quit in August to remain on full pay to September 2022


The former hospital chief executive who stood down shortly before a review slammed his organisation’s ‘flawed, intimidating’ hunt for a whistleblower will continue to be employed by the trust on an annual remuneration package worth £270,000 until September 2022, HSJ has learned.

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Damning review slams catalogue of failings at ‘witch hunt’ trust


West Suffolk Foundation Trust’s attempt to identify a whistleblower was ‘intimidating… flawed and not fit for purpose’, according to a damning review which is highly critical of the organisation’s leadership.

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Troubled trust given maximum fine for duty of candour breach


A troubled trust, where leaders are braced for a review into high-profile bullying allegations, was today fined for breaching duty of candour regulations in a separate case.

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CEO quits trust accused of ‘witch hunt’


The chief executive at Matt Hancock’s local troubled trust, where leaders have been accused of bullying staff during a ‘witch hunt’ for a whistleblower, is to leave the post, HSJ can reveal.

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The trusts with the most patients waiting over 18 months


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.