Sir Robert Francis has said the lack of transparency at many hospitals over complaints handling “seems to echo” findings of his inquiry into the Mid Staffs scandal.
The Care Quality Commission has re-introduced post inspection letters for NHS trusts with an expectation that they are made public.
NHS England will review a Hertfordshire cancer centre amid concerns over the services’ “long-term sustainability”.
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”.
The public’s highest priorities for new NHS funding are cancer care and staffing, while their lowest are digital access and better services for vulnerable groups.
Funding of local Healthwatch services has been plunged into a “perilous state” and their effectiveness is starting to be impaired, Sir Robert Francis has warned.
New “rules of engagement” are needed to ensure the NHS benefits from sharing more patient data with industry, Lord O’Shaughnessy has told HSJ.
The NHS is planning to create online identities for millions of patients – who will need to submit a “video selfie” on their smart phones.
MPs have warned the government is leaving the door open to widespread sharing of patients’ confidential details beyond the NHS without their consent or knowledge.
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has pledged to “get back to the basics” to improve its handling of NHS complaints and help trusts learn from its work.
The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a consultation to significantly extend the scope of personal health budgets in England.
Demand for NHS patient data has more than doubled in a year, as NHS Digital develops new ways to share and link information for planning and research.
Jeremy Hunt has outlined the key principles of reform to the adult social care system and announced a 10 year strategy to align the health and social care workforce.
NHS Digital is considering a direct demand from the Commons health committee chair to immediately stop sharing patients’ confidential information with the Home Office, calling the arrangement “unacceptable”.
A judicial review against NHS England over its draft national accountable care contract has been given permission to proceed, HSJ has learned.
Dame Fiona Caldicott has warned the government that too many exceptions to the new patient data opt out scheme risk repeating the failings of Care.data.
Statutory public involvement groups have seen such deep cuts they are failing to fulfil basic functions, Healthwatch England has warned the government.
A judicial review has been launched against NHS England, claiming its accountable care contract is “unlawful”, HSJ has learned.
Ministers have been urged to set out plans for a new national patient data sharing scheme to give researchers, including private companies, faster access to “de-identified” patient data from millions of records.
NHS trusts will be investigated over patient deaths under new plans from the Care Quality Commission to “strengthen” how it monitors hospital mortality reviews.