Poor governance and cultural problems at the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch have damaged staff morale and led to confused decision making according to multiple whistleblowers, who told HSJ it had also seen major delays to its reports and needed to be “put back on track”.
The chief investigator of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has accepted the new body has made mistakes but told HSJ it was now on an upward trajectory with plans to improve its governance.
NHS trusts could face substantially increased pay bills after the Court of Appeal ruled that voluntary overtime should be taken into account when calculating holiday pay.
Junior doctors have secured changes to their contract deal in the wake of the huge row with government in 2015 and 2016, including annual 2 per cent pay rises and extra money for working weekends and night shifts.
A sacked trust chief executive has withdrawn his unfair dismissal claim against his former employer.
An independent review to examine the use of gross negligence manslaughter laws in medicine has avoided examining whether the law in England should be changed.
A coroner has issued warnings over safety at private hospitals after a patient referred out of the NHS by his consultant died following surgery.
The Care Quality Commission has re-introduced post inspection letters for NHS trusts with an expectation that they are made public.
A former NHS England deputy medical director has been given a suspended sentence after a court heard how he secretly spied on a teenage girl as she took a shower.
The Care Quality Commission has announced a former civil servant will carry out an independent inquiry into a former inspector’s claims that reports of poor care at Whorlton Hall hospital were not acted on.
A judge has ruled a clinical commissioning group can award a £320m contract to its local acute trust despite an ongoing dispute from a large private provider.
A trust has reached an out-of-court settlement with a wrongly excluded senior surgeon and apologised for the “distress” the legal proceedings had caused her.
A trust chief executive has been fined after her organisation failed to disclose serious incident investigations to a coroner.
Tens of thousands of NHS stroke patients could be at risk of suffering fatal blood clots while recovering in hospital because of failures to assess their risk and act on care plans, the NHS has been warned.
A major supplier to the NHS has raised concerns with the Department of Health and Social Care that a new NHS procurement organisation could have an unfair advantage over the private sector.
More than 160,000 people have told NHS England via an online campaign survey that they want the law changed “so that contracts to run NHS services no longer have to be put up for auction”.
Individual NHS trust directors could personally face prosecution for breaches of the Care Quality Commission’s fundamental standards, it has emerged.
Three pharmaceutical companies – including one which took NHS England to court over the design of a billion-pound tender – have been awarded contracts to supply drugs as part of a bid to eradicate hepatitis C by 2025.
A fourth criminal investigation has been launched into the deaths of hundreds of patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.
A hospital trust delayed making changes to a “dysfunctional” cancer unit because staff were against closer working with a neighbour, evidence to a tribunal has alleged.
Choice of provider remains “fundamental” and integrated care systems will “fail” if they do not offer it, according to a senior NHS England director.
The Care Quality Commission has rated an independent mental health hospital as “inadequate”, just 15 months after it was rated as “good”, and following abuse allegations being raised.
A national scheme to improve safety with closer scrutiny of deaths is seeing major delays, with a large majority of areas missing its planned go-live date, HSJ has learned.
Clinical waste is piling up outside hospitals, HSJ can reveal, amid fallout from the crisis which exploded in the sector last year.
A controversial decision to strip a leading trust of its scanning service has been referred to the health secretary.
The High Court has ordered a new inquest into the death of a three-year-old boy at Stafford Hospital following new evidence which called into doubt the original verdict.
Primary care networks will be investigated for fraud if there is “any suspicion” of deliberate attempts to game the system designed to encourage GPs to take on more staff.
An employment judge has branded NHS Professionals and a trust “appalling” for their failure to conclude a disciplinary case for nearly three years.
The government’s new national GP indemnity scheme does not provide universal coverage for historic clinical negligence claims, it was announced today.
NHS Providers has called for Dido Harding to demonstrate she is “genuinely prepared to consider the evidence” on managers’ regulation, while its CEO has warned directors feel the proposals from Tom Kark QC are “inappropriate”.