Department of Health

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Tragic death of 19-year-old 'inextricably linked' to four other fatalities

A senior coroner is investigating whether the deaths of five patients with eating disorders in Cambridgeshire are connected by systemic care failings, HSJ can reveal.

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Hunt announces £70m fund to improve global patient safety

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for further global action on patient safety, and revealed the UK will give £70m to improve standards overseas.

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Doctors, but not nurses, get cash to help 'power napping'

The government will invest almost £10m to improve sleeping facilities for doctors at NHS hospitals amid growing awareness of the impact of fatigue on patient safety.

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Swindells' flagship digital strategy now 'at risk'

The future of the national strategy to improve NHS providers’ IT systems is in doubt amid budget constraints and the departure of its champion at NHS England, HSJ has been told.

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Pay rise row resolved

NHS providers will not have to bear the cost of the £50m pay rise for staff delivering public health services.

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Leaked report shows 'continuing' problems with mortality reviews

NHS England has been told to support areas which are failing to deal with a backlog of reviews into the deaths of learning disability patients, according to a new report.

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A&E and cancer performance hit record lows

The English NHS produced a record low performance against key treatment targets in April, official statistics have today revealed.

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Exclusive: NHSE/I orders trusts to cut capital funding bids

NHS trusts have been told they are asking for too much capital funding and to scale back their ambitions for next year.

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Concerns raised flagship DHSC programme is unfair

A major supplier to the NHS has raised concerns with the Department of Health and Social Care that a new NHS procurement organisation could have an unfair advantage over the private sector.

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IT boss at trust praised by Hancock leaves over 'excruciating' NHS tech

The chief digital information officer of a trust praised by the health and social care secretary for its IT has left for a private sector job, saying the situation in NHS IT was “excruciating”.

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CQC reveals 'alarming' new route to prosecute directors

Individual NHS trust directors could personally face prosecution for breaches of the Care Quality Commission’s fundamental standards, it has emerged.

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Minister announces new national innovation 'unit'

A new national “unit” is being established, with its own “chief executive”, to oversee innovation and medicines, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

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All hospitals and GPs to get fibre optic broadband

Fibre optic broadband will soon be rolled out across all GP practices and hospitals, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

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Clinical waste backlog 'gone by early May'

Backlogs of clinical waste outside NHS hospitals will be cleared by early May, according to the new provider of waste services for nearly a quarter of all English trusts.

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Marketing and job posts take hit from latest PHE cuts

Reducing marketing work and cutting vacant job posts have made up most of the required cuts to Public Health England’s budget in the coming financial year.

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Hancock and Stevens warned over delays to referral plans

Optometrists are warning more people will lose their sight if plans to connect to an NHS IT referral system are further delayed.

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Top CEO says government sending 'wrong signal' on safety

Sir David Dalton has urged health and social care secretary Matt Hancock to view patient safety as a “firm priority” for the NHS, warning progress made since the Mid Staffs scandal could quickly disappear.

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Pay deal row erupts between government and NHS England

A row has broken out between the government and NHS England over £50m funding for NHS staff pay.

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Government misses NHS instructions deadline for first time

The government has failed to publish its requirements of the NHS by the deadline set in law for the first time.

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Exclusive: Government drops key safe staffing measure

Publication of nurse staffing levels at each hospital in England – introduced after the Francis Inquiry to boost safety – has been quietly dropped, HSJ can reveal.