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News, opinion and analysis on NHS corporate governance and compliance

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Ex-DH and trust director admits fraud over degree lie

A former hospital trust director has admitted a charge of fraud after lying about having a degree.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS Improvement director to take up trust chief job

An NHS Improvement director has landed the top job at a recently merged foundation trust.

St George’s Hospital

‘Dark force’ heart surgery unit no longer on mortality ‘alert’

The heart surgery unit at the centre of a “dark force” governance row has been moved out of “alert” status for mortality.


Former CCG chair’s surgeries closed after CQC action

Four surgeries run by a former chair of a clinical commissioning group in Kent have been closed after the Care Quality Commission took action “to protect patients”.

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NHSI efficiency chief oversaw consultancy work of firm he was joining

NHS Improvement’s former director of procurement continued to be involved in a £400,000 project led by a management consultancy, despite having accepted a job with the firm.

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Rise in public health directors’ holding negative view of NHSE

An increasing proportion of directors of public health have reported a negative relationship with NHS England, with particular concern over access to NHS data.


Second NHS manager re-employed shortly after redundancy

An NHS manager who left with a £200,000 redundancy package returned to work two months later as a consultant with NHS England.

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FT considered selling on bad debt from private patients

Directors at a foundation trust considered selling on its bad debts from private and overseas patients for collection, board papers reveal.


Exclusive: Three patients died after radiology failings at teaching hospital

Radiology failings at a teaching hospital led to eight patients coming to severe harm, with three dying, a hospital trust has admitted.


Director leaves NHSX four months after unit created

An NHSX director has left his role just four months after the new digital unit was officially launched.

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Teaching hospital chair to also run neighbouring trust

The chair of one of England’s biggest teaching hospital trusts will also chair its smaller neighbour from next April.

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MPs: DHSC and regulators ‘failed miserably’ over quango

MPs have accused three national bodies of “failing miserably” to end long-standing problems with an NHS property company and its tenants.

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PM asks Hancock to investigate ‘removal’ of trust directors

The prime minister has asked Matt Hancock to investigate the “removal” of two non-exec directors from the board of a specialist hospital trust.


Nurse sacked because of past whistleblowing activity

A large mental health provider unfairly dismissed a nurse with a record of whistleblowing because it feared he was seeking to highlight care failures, a tribunal has ruled.

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CCG and trust appoint three joint directors

A clinical commissioning group and a provider trust have announced a further three joint executive appointments.