NHS England appears increasingly likely to recommend a major overhaul — and potential scrapping — of the four-hour accident and emergency target, statements issued today suggest.
A new database to track doctors working in the independent sector is being developed as part of wider reforms to improve the clinical governance of those providers.
The NHS will be exposed to more risk by the government’s latest Brexit deal than by Theresa May’s original agreement, health service experts and lobby groups have told HSJ.
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine could support replacing the four-hour target – but only if it was satisfied a replacement regime would demonstrably improve patient outcomes and cut bureaucracy for staff, according its new president.
NHS chiefs have urged ministers to publish their up-to-date plans for a no-deal Brexit, in the wake of the release of Project Yellowhammer documents.
Trusts have been advised to consider offering doctors time off in lieu to help them avoid pensions tax in new guidance from NHS Employers.
The government has unveiled a list of 20 new capital investment projects worth a total of £853m.
Moving to new data standards will be “traumatic” for the NHS but is vital because “we are really struggling to measure and understand the activity at the front door of our hospitals,” a senior NHS England figure has said.
The lack of a “fair” and “just” process for dealing with senior managers who have failed in their role has left them facing “trial by HSJ”, NHS Improvement chair Dido Harding told the NHS Confederation conference.
Acute trusts will need to increase their bed base during the next five years according to NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens, which would reverse a long trend of bed reductions in the NHS.
Matt Hancock’s digital ambitions cannot be realised if the government continues to withhold capital funding from the service, the NHS Confederation’s chief has warned.
A coroner has issued warnings over safety at private hospitals after a patient referred out of the NHS by his consultant died following surgery.
NHS England has hired a trust chief executive on a part-time basis to oversee development of community health services.
A former Department of Health and Social Care permanent secretary has called on the government to put more emphasis on an “innovation rich and technology rich NHS” in order to maintain “a really vibrant life sciences industry” post Brexit.
The government has awarded a contract worth almost £100,000 to research how the UK can expand its healthcare education and training offer to overseas students.
Achieving an even gender balance on NHS organisations’ boards by 2020 is now a “much harder task” than it was a year ago, as only a quarter of providers have so far met the target.
National leaders have confirmed they will “significantly reduce” the value of CQUIN incentive schemes, despite NHS England previously denying that major changes were planned.
The government’s funding settlement will leave the NHS with an efficiency challenge of around £11bn – which is half the amount that was required in the Five Year Forward View period, according to a new analysis.
Private providers could carry out around 100,000 additional inpatient procedures by the end of the 2018-19 year, senior industry sources told HSJ, as the NHS grapples with its growing waiting list.