Maternity services

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HSIB to stop maternity investigations by 2021

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch will stop carrying out external maternity incident investigations by 2021, handing them back to the NHS, HSJ has learned.

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Hancock gives controversial reconfiguration the green light

Matt Hancock has given a controversial A&E reconfiguration the green light following almost a decade of delays.

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Most maternity incidents linked to not acting on fetal heart rates

Staff failing to act on abnormal fetal heartbeats during labour was the most common contributing factor in cases where babies were born with brain damage and referred to NHS Resolution’s new early notification scheme, it has emerged.

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Unit’s ‘temporary’ downgrade may stay in place for ‘foreseeable future’

Full maternity services will not return to an Oxfordshire hospital for the “foreseeable future” if proposals are given the green light by county health chiefs.

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Trust resorts to piecemeal approach to 'position itself well' for capital funding bid

A teaching trust is considering slicing its £367m capital bid into a series of smaller projects in an attempt to “position itself well” for the next wave of government allocations.

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Single women IVF ban will be reviewed

South east London commissioners have pledged to carry out a “rapid review” of their policy to deny IVF treatment to single women.

Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Capital funding boost gives new life to long-delayed trust merger

A merger to create a £600m turnover trust is back on the cards after last weeks’ government capital funding announcement.

Cambridge

CCG axes IVF despite minister branding decision “not acceptable”

A heavily indebted CCG is to end funding for almost all IVF treatment, despite being told by a government minister that the move was “not acceptable”.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

CEO: External help and can-do attitude got us out of special measures

A trust in the West Midlands has today been taken out of special measures.

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Controversial ‘friends and family’ question dropped

NHS providers will no longer be required to ask patients whether they would recommend their service to “friends and family”, and rules on when they must ask mandatory experience questions will be lifted, NHS England has decided.

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CQC imposes conditions on major trauma centre

One of the busiest accident and emergency departments in the country has had conditions imposed on its registration by the Care Quality Commission after an inspection identified patient safety concerns.

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Key caesarean drug unavailable for two weeks

A drug used in most caesarean sections in the UK is expected to be unavailable for the next two weeks, prompting concerns some trusts may run out of supplies.

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£920k payout in warring surgeons case

A clinical director was dismissed from his job at a district general hospital after a subordinate raised concerns about him performing “unsafe” private work, a tribunal has revealed.

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Safety watchdog hit by poor governance and culture

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”.

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Chief executive to leave troubled trust

The chief executive of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust is to leave, amid concerns about serious service quality problems.

Newcastle hospital

North East trust retains outstanding rating

One of the largest hospitals in the country has successfully retained its outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission, increasing the number of services given the top score.

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Hospital trust leaves special measures after two years

A Midlands hospital trust has come out of special measures, two years after the Care Quality Commission uncovered “serious” problems with the care provided.

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Commissioners probe collapse of 'trailblazing' service

Commissioners are investigating the abrupt closure of a midwifery service hailed as a “trailblazing” model in the NHS long-term plan which ceased operations after racking up £900,000 of debt.

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Hancock halts long-awaited A&E downgrades

The health and social care secretary this afternoon ruled out the downgrades of two accident and emergency units, proposed as part of a contentious reconfiguration.

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Trust promotes medical director to CEO

The medical director at The Countess of Chester Hospital Trust has been appointed as chief executive.