Patient safety campaigners have said ‘too many women’ are still not being offered a general anaesthetic for a diagnostic test because of staff shortages, leaving them in severe pain.
A struggling ambulance trust could face a ‘Titanic moment’ and collapse entirely this summer if the region’s worsening problems with hospital handover delays are not taken more seriously, its nursing director has told HSJ.
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Two acute trusts account for almost two-thirds of emergency department ‘diverts’ reported over the last two months.
Another two weeks of rising covid admissions have been forecast for one of the country’s hardest-hit regions for hospital cases, with senior sources telling HSJ they expect staff absences ‘to get worse before they get better’ and culminate in an end-of-January peak.
Ambulance handover delays lasting more than 60 minutes have quadrupled compared to this time last year, according to internal NHS data.
Three trusts whose struggling maternity departments were supported and supposedly improved by a national safety programme have since fallen back into the scheme.
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The Care Quality Commission may in future be notified when ‘secretive’ external reviews have looked at patient safety issues within trusts.
Integrated care systems will be eligible for a share of a £1bn ‘recovery fund’ in 2021-22 by achieving certain elective activity targets based on pre-covid levels.
Seven trusts will receive £6m each over the next three years in the second phase of Matt Hancock’s plan to improve IT infrastructure in the health service.
Sir David Nicholson, former NHS England chief executive, has been appointed to chair a second acute trust in the Midlands, it has been announced.
Staff at a Midlands hospital trust told regulators they had repeatedly raised safety concerns internally without action being taken.
NHS England chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has launched a blistering attack on people who post videos of ‘empty’ hospitals online claiming they show the NHS is not under pressure from covid.
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The previous chief executive of the NHS has said “we need to support our staff and make sure we respond vigorously to people who deny there is a problem” with covid, as pressure on the service in most areas continues to grow.
Ten more hospitals are to start giving the Pfizer covid vaccine, including two in coronavirus ‘hot spots’.
Former NHS chief Sir David Nicholson says NHS management needs to be ‘a bit more creative’ to rebuild despite covid-19, and to disprove government perceptions that it is ‘slow and inward looking’.
Regulators have uncovered multiple examples of patients being put at risk when junior doctors are left with tasks they are not trained for, lacking support, and facing bullying and inappropriate behaviour.
The Care Quality Commission has downgraded two emergency departments run by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust to “inadequate” ratings amid quality concerns and consistently poor ambulance handovers.