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Exclusive: CQC needs more powers to rate health systems, says Behan

The government should give the Care Quality Commission new powers to inspect and rate local health systems, its outgoing chief executive has told HSJ.

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Scathing report says regulator ignored police warnings and put public at risk

The Nursing and Midwifery Council put the public at risk from poor care after ignoring more than 20 concerns raised by the police for two years, a damning report has revealed.

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NHS England wins judicial review over ACO contract

A High Court judge has ruled in favour of NHS England in the first of two judicial reviews against its accountable care organisation contract.

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Trusts taken to court after dropping estates firm over Grenfell link

Two NHS trusts have been taken to court after pulling out of a multimillion pound estates partnership over concerns about an estates management company’s links to a Grenfell Tower contractor.

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HEE accepts it is an employer of junior doctors

Health Education England has accepted it is a joint employer of junior doctors alongside NHS trusts, an employment tribunal was told today.

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Staff fear speaking up over child abuse in NHS

Unwillingness to challenge senior staff and fears over how managers respond is stopping NHS staff raising concerns about child abuse perpetrated out by their colleagues, a public inquiry has been told.

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Royal college backs Hunt bid to improve private sector safety

The Royal College of Surgeons has backed the health and social care secretary’s bid to improve patient safety in private sector hospitals.

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Hunt attacks private sector over safety and costs

Jeremy Hunt has accused some private sector hospitals of having “coasted” on safety, and warned they could be made to pay costs when the NHS has to take over care of their patients, in a strongly-worded intervention.

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Five NHS directors under investigation for fraud

Five current or former directors of NHS organisations are being investigated by the national NHS fraud agency, it has emerged.

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High Court told NHS 'can't go back to block pricing'

A High Court was told the NHS “cannot wind back the clock to block pricing” in the first of two judicial review hearings over NHS England’s accountable care organisation contract.

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Contractor suing NHS England claims rival's bid was 'abnormally low'

NHS England is being sued by a clinical waste disposal contractor that claims it wrongly awarded a contract to a rival that submitted an unrealistically low bid.

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Council warnings over 'corrosive' legal challenge by NHS trusts

A “corrosive” legal bid by 20 NHS foundation trusts for business rates relief could threaten the financial viability of some councils.

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NHS Improvement drops back office efficiency target

NHS Improvement has dropped a target in the Carter efficiency review for trusts to cut their back office costs, HSJ can reveal.

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Gender pay gaps revealed at NHS arm's length bodies

The gender pay gaps at the NHS arm’s length bodies have been revealed in new data published by the government.

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Rogue surgeon inquiry to investigate NHS private sector referrals

The way NHS patients are referred to and from the private sector by individual professionals will be examined by an independent inquiry, the government has announced.

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Police investigating fraud against NHS suppliers

Nearly 20 NHS suppliers have been targeted by fraudsters who are using fabricated NHS documents to order and intercept expensive devices such as laptops and tablets.

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Former trust chief ordered to repay £11,000 after conviction

A former hospital chief executive has been ordered to repay around £11,000 to the NHS or go to prison.

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Watchdog threatens 13 CCGs with legal action over 'discrimination'

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has written to 13 clinical commissioning groups threatening legal action over “discriminatory” funding policies for people with serious long term health conditions.

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DHSC admits it was wrong to block vaccine compensation

The government has conceded it unlawfully prevented adults from receiving compensation if they developed complications after having a seasonal flu vaccine.

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Medical manslaughter review will not consider changing the law

A review of the use gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare by Sir Norman Williams will not consider changes to the law or the autonomy of the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Tax regulator scrutinises CCG payments to GPs

HM Revenue and Customs has been scrutinising potential attempts from clinical commissioning groups to minimise GPs’ tax payments, HSJ has learned.

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NHS England given deadline for fatal hospital attack inquiry

A coroner has given NHS England less than three months to complete an investigation into a fatal attack on two hospital patients amid confusion of the investigation’s status, HSJ has learned.

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Chief nurse wants law change to protect job titles

The law could be changed to ensure the job title “nurse” is protected in the same way as “registered nurse”.

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Two patients attacked and killed on acute hospital ward

An NHS trust has been accused of a “cover up” over the killing of two patients in an attack on a hospital ward by a patient with paranoid schizophrenia, and whose antipsychotic medication had been stopped despite warnings.

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Dozens of violent incidents on hospital ward before fatal attack

The hospital ward where two elderly patients were attacked and fatally injured by a fellow patient was the scene of dozens of violent incidents before the attack, a report leaked to HSJ reveals.

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Exclusive: Doubts over GMC's handling of manslaughter case revealed

Key elements of the General Medical Council’s bid to strike off a doctor convicted of manslaughter were “without merit”, according to an unpublished review of the case seen by HSJ.

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Trust given two-year contract after private provider collapse

A two year patient transport contract was awarded to an ambulance trust, after it said it would not otherwise be able to provide short term support, it has emerged.

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Jeremy Hunt announces review of medical manslaughter

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a national review into the application of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare.

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GMC chief 'had no choice' over appealing manslaughter doctor case

The chief executive of the General Medical Council has said he believes he had no choice but to appeal the case of a doctor convicted of manslaughter to the High Court.

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Bid for new inquest after child death 'cover up'

The attorney general is considering granting a second inquest into the death of a three year old boy who died at Stafford Hospital after three independent experts have backed his parents and cast doubt on the original investigation.