Digital pathology

New £250m fund marks dawn of artificial intelligence for NHS

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.

Boris Johnson

£1.8bn funding boost 'just a down payment'

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.

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Serious incident declared over cancer diagnostics backlog

A serious incident has been declared at a trust after a backlog in scans delayed five patients’ cancer diagnosis.

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HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2019 winners revealed

The winners of the 2019 Patient Safety Awards have been revealed.

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Exclusive: NHS England attempted to alter independent report on child cancer care

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.

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Trust considers pre-booking private capacity to safeguard A&E performance

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 called in over child cancer row

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.

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Simon Stevens at meeting which decided not to publish controversial cancer report

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.

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Exclusive: NHSE pressured us to protect ‘absurd’ cancer services, says top doctor

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.

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Clinicians were ‘pressured’ to change child cancer standards

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.

Cally Palmer

National cancer director will ‘play no part’ in child service decisions

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.

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FT outsources more than 100 patients to private sector for chemotherapy

A foundation trust is outsourcing more than 100 patients to a private facility for chemotherapy.

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Investigation: The cancer service failings covered up for years

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.

Andy Mitchell

Former NHSE director: 'Pervasive influence' blocked children's cancer report

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.

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Exclusive: NHS England ‘buried’ concerns over child cancer services

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.

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Revealed: CCGs with highest rates of lung cancer detected in A&E

Two counties have six of the 10 worst performing areas for having lung cancer picked up in A&E, new data reveals.

CT scanner

Lung cancer death trust is an outlier on surgery

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.

Breast cancer radiology

Breast cancer target performance drops 10pp in a year

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.

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'Ageing estate' prompts review at specialist centre

NHS England will review a Hertfordshire cancer centre amid concerns over the services’ “long-term sustainability”.

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Poor planning and resourcing delaying screening innovations

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.