An acute trust is investigating a “significant” gap between mortality rates for patients admitted at weekends and those admitted during the week – which it says could be partly due to lack of “wrap around” services in the community on Saturdays and Sundays.
One London borough has nearly double the national average rate on an indicator that general practice is missing the early signs of cancer.
An independent review is to be held into the death of a teenager after a clinical commissioning group interfered in an earlier investigation.
The trust at the centre of a lung cancer deaths scandal has been identified as an outlier for providing surgery on fewer early stage patients than is normal.
Performance against a target for the NHS to quickly see patients with suspected breast cancer fell by more than 10 percentage points in the last financial year, new data reveals.
NHS England is to issue new guidance to clinical commissioning groups in the wake of an alleged cover-up of a teenager’s avoidable death.
A clinical commissioning group altered a review of the death of a teenager with a learning disability – including removing a finding that it was “avoidable” – sparking concern that the national system may be flawed.
NHS England has been told to support areas which are failing to deal with a backlog of reviews into the deaths of learning disability patients, according to a new report.
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.
An increase in so-called same day emergency care patients and confusion over how they should be counted has caused an artificial hike in some hospitals’ mortality scores, senior sources have told HSJ.
A new review of safe staffing evidence has warned increasing the proportion of healthcare assistants on wards can raise the risk of poor care.
NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care have appointed a national medical examiner to oversee the introduction of the new death review service.
A review of deaths at a trust with elevated mortality rates has suggested coding issues, and not care quality, as the likely cause, HSJ has been told.
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.
An expert panel is reviewing records of hundreds of patients who died after heart surgery at a major teaching trust, whose cardiac unit is grappling with severe quality and culture concerns, HSJ can reveal.
England’s chief coroner has raised concerns over the independence of proposed new medical examiners in the NHS and warned the system will not tackle gaps exploited by the serial killer GP Harold Shipman.
Leadership and management problems from service to trust level contributed to failures at a London teaching trust’s heart surgery unit, the Care Quality Commission said today.
Policymakers should proceed with more caution over introducing nursing associates, the author of new research on the safety of the roles has told HSJ.
NHS England’s drive to cut length of stay this winter could have damaging patient safety consequences without appropriate checks and balances, one of the country’s leading geriatricians has warned.