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Community trust director to lead acute hospital

The chief operating officer of a community trust has taken up her first chief executive post at a small district general hospital.

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Lung cancer nurses could be ‘fundamental’ to better life expectancy

Specialist nurses have been found to be “fundamental” in increasing the life expectancy of patients with lung cancer, HSJ has been told.

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Government warned NHS workforce gap could persist until 2027

The NHS Pay Review Body has warned ministers that the workforce gap in the health service “will persist until 2027” unless action is taken.


HSIB demands national implant reform in first report

A new national system of scanning prosthetic implants before they are put into patients should be created by the government, the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has said.


Exclusive: Ministers drawing up plans for new staff 'offer'

Ministers and NHS leaders are holding discussions to draw up a new “offer” to the NHS workforce to help boost staff retention, HSJ understands.

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Safety chief warns no reason not to act on first report

The head of the new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has said there is no reason why national bodies cannot implement recommendations it has made in its first report.


Regulator to 'tighten the screws' on agency spending

NHS Improvement has launched a new crackdown on NHS agency staff spending prompting warnings the ambitions could be “undeliverable in practice.”

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'Disregard for human life' - 450 patients killed by painkillers at hospital, report says

More than 450 patients died from prescriptions made “without medical justification” at a hospital where the use of opioids resulted in an “institutionalised practice of shortening patients’ lives”, an investigation has found.

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Solicitor general backs CCG bid for new inquest after HSJ exposé

The attorney general’s office has backed a bid for a new inquest into the death of a three-year-old boy at Stafford Hospital following an alleged “cover up”.

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Local plans still not good enough, says A&E boss

Local NHS providers and commissioners were given a fresh warning this week that their plans will not deliver the “capacity, productivity or length of stay” improvements required for 2018-19.

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NHS 'must turn on all the taps' to meet workforce gap

The NHS workforce needs to grow by between 3 and 5 per cent a year for the next decade but is on course to fail that target, the head of Health Education England has warned.

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Updated: Government to scrap visa cap for non-EU doctors

The government is to remove its tier two visa cap for non-EU doctors and nurses, the Home Office has confirmed.


Regulator has to apologise for 'plainly wrong' comments

The chairman of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has made an embarrassing climbdown after claiming incorrectly on national TV that the regulator had not put patients’ lives at risk.

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Council chief takes accountable officer role at CCG

A local authority chief executive has taken the accountable officer role at the local clinical commissioning group.


Staff shortages delay opening of trust’s new psychiatric ward

Staff shortages have forced a trust to push back the opening of a new ward treating patients with some of the most severe mental health needs.

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Jeremy Hunt to strip General Medical Council of powers

The General Medical Council is to be stripped of its right to appeal tribunal decisions on doctors’ fitness to practise, less than three years after it was granted the power.


Boards told they are failing on infection control

NHS trust boards have been told to do more on infection risks after an analysis by NHS Improvement found many were not receiving detailed information.

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Exclusive: Inside Jeremy Hunt’s Monday meetings

On 4 June, two HSJ journalists spent the day attending the regular Monday meetings chaired by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.


Prosecution of hospital chief nurse dropped

The prosecution of a hospital trust chief nurse for false accounting has been dropped.

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Pay deal could be 'anti-competitive' warns NHS England director

An NHS England board member has warned the new government pay deal could be “catastrophic” for social enterprises and appeared to be “anti-competitive”.