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NHSE moves closer to four-hour target overhaul

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.


Private providers to share concerns over medics with NHS

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.

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New Brexit plan worse for NHS than May’s deal, experts warn

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.

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Exclusive: New top A&E doctor ‘could support replacing target’

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.

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Exclusive: NHS chiefs want latest no-deal plans from government

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.

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Trusts advised to consider time off in lieu amid pensions tax crisis

Trusts have been advised to consider offering doctors time off in lieu to help them avoid pensions tax in new guidance from NHS Employers.

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Revealed: The 20 capital projects promised by the PM

The government has unveiled a list of 20 new capital investment projects worth a total of £853m.

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Data changes “traumatic” but vital, says A&E chief

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.

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Dido Harding: Senior managers face ‘trial by HSJ’

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.

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NHS ‘needs more acute beds’ after decade of reduction

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.

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Confed chief challenges Hancock’s digital plans

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.

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Private hospitals safety warning after patient death

A coroner has issued warnings over safety at private hospitals after a patient referred out of the NHS by his consultant died following surgery.

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Trust chief named as NHSE's first community services director

NHS England has hired a trust chief executive on a part-time basis to oversee development of community health services.

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Ministers must support 'innovation rich NHS' post-Brexit

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.

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Consultants brought in to advise on overseas recruitment

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.

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Slow progress on gender balance for NHS boards

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.

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NHS England backtracks by confirming CQUIN shake up

National leaders have confirmed they will “significantly reduce” the value of CQUIN incentive schemes, despite NHS England previously denying that major changes were planned.

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New NHS efficiency challenge is half that of 5YFV

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.

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Private sector could do ‘extra 100,000 ops’

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.