Millions of pounds will be invested in a so-called National Artificial Intelligence Lab for the NHS to deliver quicker breast screening results and improved predictions for drug and bed usage.
More than half the £1.8bn spending boost announced by the prime minister yesterday will be enabled by the reversal of last month’s demand from NHS England that trusts cut capital spending plans by 20 per cent.
A serious incident has been declared at a trust after a backlog in scans delayed five patients’ cancer diagnosis.
The winners of the 2019 Patient Safety Awards have been revealed.
NHS England engaged in an unprecedented attempt to interfere with an independent clinical body’s report into child cancer services, seeking to have a recommendation on co-location of intensive care services removed, HSJ has learned.
A trust is proposing an extended moratorium on elective care over Christmas 2019 and Easter 2020, and pre-booking outsourcing to private providers in an attempt to shore up emergency care performance and cut cancellations.
Sir Mike Richards, former national cancer tsar and chief inspector of hospitals, has been asked by NHS England to carry out an independent review of child cancer standards.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens was present at a meeting where a decision was taken not to publish a 2015 report which exposed concerns about children’s cancer care in London, minutes newly released to HSJ show.
A leading doctor who served on an NHS England group tasked with designing new child cancer standards has told HSJ that changes to soften the proposals were “insisted on” by its officials.
Clinicians drawing up new clinical standards for child cancer services in the NHS faced “unwarranted pressure” from NHS England’s cancer team to soften their recommendations, three other experts in the field have said.
NHS England has said Cally Palmer, national cancer director and chief executive of the Royal Marsden Foundation Trust, will “play no part” in decisions on new child cancer standards.
A foundation trust is outsourcing more than 100 patients to a private facility for chemotherapy.
Concerns about children’s cancer services in London have – in the words of one informed figure – been an “open secret” for almost a decade, and involved multiple reviews by experts and discussions at the highest levels.
The previous NHS medical director for London has described how a “pervasive influence from the top” of NHS England thwarted his attempts to improve cancer care for children.
NHS England covered up serious problems with paediatric cancer care in London – which had seen children dying in “terrible agony” – and has “buried” attempts to overhaul the services, an HSJ investigation has established.
Two counties have six of the 10 worst performing areas for having lung cancer picked up in A&E, new data reveals.
The trust at the centre of a lung cancer deaths scandal has been identified as an outlier for providing surgery on fewer early stage patients than is normal.
Performance against a target for the NHS to quickly see patients with suspected breast cancer fell by more than 10 percentage points in the last financial year, new data reveals.
NHS England will review a Hertfordshire cancer centre amid concerns over the services’ “long-term sustainability”.
England has missed out on the latest advances in cancer screening because of “serious and ongoing delays” in how they are implemented, according to a major review of screening programmes.