Patient safety


All major trusts miss four-hour target as performance plunges across NHS

Not one of the NHS’ major hospital trusts hit the four-hour 95 per cent standard in November as performance across core metrics plummeted to new lows in the face of record demand.

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Three patients died after delayed cancer tests at teaching hospital

Three people died of cancer and another four came to severe harm after their endoscopies were delayed, a teaching hospital trust has confirmed.

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Exclusive: Top trust chief picked to head new NHS England ‘taskforce’

An experienced trust chief executive has been chosen to lead a national taskforce group charged with improving inpatient mental health, learning disability and autism services for young people.

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Exclusive: New action over safety concerns at Shropshire hospitals

Inspectors have taken fresh urgent action at a severely troubled hospital trust, citing major concerns about treatment of mental health patients in its emergency department, HSJ can reveal.

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Norovirus closes 1,100 hospital beds as flu arrives early

Hospitals in England have been forced to close more than 1,100 hospital beds over the last week because of norovirus — almost double the number than during the same period last year.

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Safety alert after patient deaths from ingesting cleaning gels

A national patient safety alert has instructed NHS services to either ban or restrict the use of polymer gels after three patients died ingesting the products.

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Exclusive: Leaked NHSE/I workforce plan reveals reliance on nursing associates

National plans to increase nurse staffing by more than 40,000 depend on an assumption that recruiting thousands of new nursing associates will reduce “demand” for registered nurses by 10,000, according to modelling leaked to HSJ.

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Six hospitals plummeted to ‘inadequate’ in wake of Whorlton Hall

The Care Quality Commission has rated six mental health hospitals “inadequate”, just months after describing them as either “good” or “outstanding”, since the Whorlton Hall scandal was revealed.


Healthwatch chief waits over an hour for transport company to answer call

A logistics company awarded a patient transport contract has been heavily criticised after a local Healthwatch chief executive spent more than an hour waiting for them to answer the phone.


Former CCG chair’s surgeries closed after CQC action

Four surgeries run by a former chair of a clinical commissioning group in Kent have been closed after the Care Quality Commission took action “to protect patients”.

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Regulator acts after potential ‘risk to human health’ at warehouse

Safety steps have been taken at a warehouse unlawfully filled with more than 400 tonnes of NHS clinical waste after the Environment Agency raised concerns over a potential “significant risk to human health”, HSJ has learned.

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Trust and telecoms giant may use patient phone data to predict crises

A Spanish corporation and an NHS trust are researching whether patients’ mobile data could be used to predict mental health crises.

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Manufacturer to fund safety audit after NHSE funding stopped

A manufacturer has stepped forward to pay for a clinical safety audit after NHS England cut its funding.

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Children’s flu programme back on track after delays

Officials have restarted the distribution of a Flu vaccine for one million children following “concerning delays”.

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Leaked report reveals depth of failures in troubled maternity service

A leaked report on maternity failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust outlines extensive care failings linked to the deaths of 42 babies and three mothers, over a period of 40 years.


NHSE and government agree ‘stopgap solution’ to pensions crisis

NHS England is set to outline a major policy change agreed with government which they hope will act as a short-term solution to the NHS pensions crisis.


Exclusive: Three patients died after radiology failings at teaching hospital

Radiology failings at a teaching hospital led to eight patients coming to severe harm, with three dying, a hospital trust has admitted.

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CQC needs ‘urgent reform’ to protect patients from abuse

The Care Quality Commission’s ability to protect patients against human rights abuses is “impaired” and needs urgent reform, according to a Parliamentary report.

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Trusts face mandatory estates safety checks

Trusts will be forced to demonstrate the safety and efficiency of their estates and facilities services under new plans drawn up by NHS England and Improvement.


Pensions crisis and staff shortages trigger record low cancer performance

A shortage of radiologists, pensions issues and rising demand have driven the worst breast cancer wait times for at least nine years, some of the worst performing trusts told HSJ.