Maternity services


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”.

Simon Wright

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.

Kettering general hospital

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.


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.

Susan Gilby

Trust promotes medical director to CEO

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


Maternity probe now considering more than 250 cases

An independent inquiry into alleged poor maternity care at an NHS trust is now considering more than 250 separate cases, HSJ has learned.

Andrea Sutcliffe

New regulator chief to put spotlight on 'systemic' failings

The new chief executive of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has told HSJ she wants the regulator to highlight more of the systemic failings which underpin concerns about individual nurses.


NHSI stands down review panel over 'cover up' concern

A controversial panel set up by NHS Improvement to review the findings of an independent investigation into poor maternity care has been disbanded after HSJ exposed concerns it was a “cover up” and that its members were conflicted.


NHSI accused of 'cover up' over maternity deaths investigation

NHS Improvement, two royal colleges and the Care Quality Commission have been accused by a mother who lost her baby of trying to cover-up the findings of an independent investigation into a trusts’ maternity services.


Exclusive: CCG inefficiencies 'blocking' access to IVF

Commissioning inefficiencies are said to be “blocking” patients’ access to IVF, as new data reveals some areas are spending at least twice as much as others on a single cycle of fertility treatment.


Chief nurse leaves maternity investigation trust

The director of nursing and midwifery at a trust undergoing an investigation into its maternity services is set to leave for a new job, HSJ has learned.

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NHSI cautions trust over inaccurate mortality picture

Regulators have written to the chair of a hospital trust at the centre of a probe into maternity care to raise concerns it gave an inaccurate picture of the service’s mortality rates at a public board meeting.

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'Trailblazing' community service shuts under financial strain

A midwifery service in east London praised as “pioneering” and “trailblazing” has been closed, after mounting financial pressure forced its provider to stop trading.

Medical report

NHS England pledges to minimise report delays

NHS England has said it is “working to ensure delays are minimised” around the publication of national clinical audits amid “significant concerns” raised by royal colleges.

Interim Report

Patients 'at risk' as NHS England delays clinical reports

Patients are being put at risk because NHS England is delaying the publication of national clinical audits, HSJ has been told.

Interim Report

NHS England accused of 'power grab' over clinical audits

NHS England and its communications team have been accused of an “unprecedented power grab” after imposing strict new rules around the publication of national clinical audit reports.


CCGs split on IVF policy

Eight clinical commissioning groups which were meant to work together under a single accountable officer are split on one of their first major commissioning decisions.

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Trust consultants write letter of support for under fire board

Consultants at an under fire trust have written a letter of support for their board amid public outcry over the safety of the organisation’s services.