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Commissioner admits ‘minimal’ oversight of problem service

Serious safety concerns over a children’s autism service went unaddressed for at least two years, despite an admission from commissioners that the services were “not fit for purpose”.

David Bennett

Virgin Care hires former NHS regulator boss

David Bennett, the former boss of the competition regulator Monitor, has been appointed chair of Virgin Care, HSJ has learned.

Petri dishes

Pathology contract extended amid merger doubts

A trust has extended its pathology contract with a public-private partnership as doubts have emerged over a planned merger with a neighbour.

Robert Francis

Francis admits fit and proper person test has failed

The Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry chair has said he believes it is time for a professional regulator to oversee senior NHS managers after admitting his fit and proper person test was “not fit for purpose”.


Exclusive: Regulator may get powers to force FTs to merge

National officials are set to seek strengthened legal powers to force NHS providers to merge, HSJ has learned.


Trust leader retires after 21 years in CEO role

A trust leader has announced his retirement after 21 years as an NHS provider chief executive.


Shelford Group trust signs £107m IT deal

Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust has signed a £107m contract with Northern Ireland company to provide IT support services.


NHS Improvement seeks Treasury cash for wave of trust takeovers

NHS Improvement and the Treasury have discussed proposals for “transaction funding” to support a new wave of takeovers of underperforming trusts by other organisations, HSJ can reveal.

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'Worrying' staff survey reveals impact of NHS Improvement merger on morale

The negative impact of continued organisational change on employees at NHS Improvement has been revealed in damning staff survey results obtained by HSJ.

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Exclusive: NHS regulators face scrutiny in new Kirkup inquiry

A new inquiry by Bill Kirkup into the death of a baby girl 16 years ago will examine the role of NHS regulators and national bodies whose inaction led to a “regulatory gap”, HSJ can reveal.

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HSJ's Best of 2016: Expert Briefings

Over Christmas and New Year, we are bringing you a round-up of some of HSJ’s highlights from 2016. Today we look at our Expert Briefing newsletters

The Christie

Revealed: New oversight ratings for every NHS trust

Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.

Mike Richards

Webinar: Mike Richards on how the CQC and NHSI will work together

Watch our webinar featuring the chief inspector of hospitals free online.

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CCG and advisers accuse each other over £750m contract collapse

A review of the £750m UnitingCare Partnership contract debacle has laid bare the disjointed process undertaken by Cambridgeshire commissioners and its advisers, and the rows over who was to blame.


NHS spending on consultancy down as CCG interim paybill rises

Spending on management consultants reduced by more than a quarter across the health service last year, although some of this was offset by an increase in spending on interims.

Nurse doctor hospital

Trusts could be graded on agency spend in new performance framework

NHS Improvement is consulting on a new performance framework that would see foundation trusts and NHS trusts subject to the same rules.

St James's University Hospital

Revealed: Trusts borrow millions to pay for redundancies and beds

Papers released by the Department of Health show trusts have borrowed hundreds of millions of pounds to pay suppliers, make redundancies and increase bed capacity.

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Trust chiefs speak out against 'bullying' regulators

The “oppressive” scrutiny faced by NHS chief executives is hampering innovation and often amounts to “bullying”, according to leaders interviewed for a new report.

Hospital staff

Junior doctors dispute 'alienated staff at all levels' at teaching hospital

Medical staff at a scandal hit teaching hospital where the chief executive has recently stood down are strongly disengaged with management, a leaked report reveals.

Miles Scott

Chief of scandal hit teaching hospital steps down

The chief executive of a troubled south London teaching hospital has stepped down, following intense regulatory scrutiny of the foundation trust’s sudden financial collapse last year.