Tens of thousands of NHS stroke patients could be at risk of suffering fatal blood clots while recovering in hospital because of failures to assess their risk and act on care plans, the NHS has been warned.
Four more healthcare professionals have been arrested in connection with allegations of mistreatment and neglect at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Controversial plans to create three hyperacute stroke units in Kent and Medway have been approved, but could still face a judicial review.
East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust could become one of the first hospitals to offer thrombectomies for stroke patients outside a neuroscience centre as part of a six-month pilot.
A planned major reorganisation of stroke services could see the number of acute units in England cut by more than a third, with patients going to more specialised centres, HSJ understands.
A hospital trust has increased its number of stroke beds after only 40 per cent of patients were admitted to a specialist unit within four hours.
Controversial plans to halve the number of hospitals admitting stroke patients in Kent and Medway could face judicial review after mounting concerns from councillors about the proposals.
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.
Patients are being put at risk because NHS England is delaying the publication of national clinical audits, HSJ has been told.
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.
Stroke services in West Sussex could be reorganised – two years after plans were halted because of fears they would impact on other hospitals outside the county.
Proposals to replace six stroke units with three new hyper acute stroke facilities across Kent and Medway have been revealed.
Thousands of patients are being put at risk of preventable strokes leading to death and life long disability because of poor management by the NHS, HSJ has been told.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has identified five major priorities for the 10 year NHS plan due to be unveiled this autumn.
The departing chief executive of a hospital trust has called for an increase in the pace of change in health services in the area.
Kent and Medway is hoping to become the first area to offer patients thrombectomy outside a neuroscience centre as part of a wider shake-up of stroke services, HSJ has learned.
NHS England is facing calls to lift funding restrictions following the death of a 74 year old man from a brain bleed months after he was denied treatment to prevent strokes.
Patients are being denied access to heart treatments that could prevent strokes or save lives after an NHS England project was delayed, a charity has told HSJ.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has been told for a second time by a coroner that patients could die because a shortage of intensive care beds stops them receiving urgent surgery.
One of the success regimes to turnaround troubled health economies has proposed a major overhaul in the way healthcare is delivered across its patch, including significant changes to emergency, community and maternity services.