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  • Heart

    Questions raised over NHS England's use of heart surgery research


    Author cited by NHS England has “no idea” where 125 operations per year figure came from How many operations a surgeon should do ”depends on the type of surgery”, academic says RCS backs NHS England recommendation NHS England’s congenital heart disease review acknowledged the 125 figure is

  • Cardiac surgery

    NHS England 'failed to follow due process' for heart surgery shake-up


    Leicester and the Royal Brompton trusts dispute reconfiguration process Trusts say recommendations from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel have been ignored Specialised commissioning director Jonathan Fielden defends NHS England’s approach Senior staff at the two congenital heart units

  • Surgery

    Wide variation found in emergency specialist surgery mortality rates


    Thirty day mortality rates for emergency bowel surgery vary between 20.7pc and 3.2pc at best and worst performing hospitals Quarter of hospitals do not admit high risk patients to critical care post-surgery in recommended timeframe Six per cent annual drop in most urgent patients reaching theatre

  • Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust

    Updated: More trust leaders insist regulator was wrong to target pay bills


    NHS Improvement’s figures identifying potential excess paybill spending did not take account of key service changes, chief executives say Trusts including Salford Royal and UCLH identified as over-spending on staff Regulator will be asked to publish revised list by Royal Devon FT More trust

  • Ros Tolcher
    HSJ Knowledge

    Into the great wide open: looking beyond your organisation


    At the first of three events linked to HSJ’s Top Chief Executives list, healthcare leaders gathered to discuss the need for collaboration across organisations

  • Emergenyc ward

    Ten trusts responsible for 20 per cent of A&E breaches


    Continued decline in A E performance − a priority area for the health service Ten trusts responsible for 20 per cent of target breaches Emergency care improvement programme team to be sent into a further 12 areas Ten hospital trusts clocked up 20 per cent of all accident and emergency

  • Cardiac surgery

    Three trusts set to lose specialist heart surgery


    NHS England announces winners and losers in which trusts provide congenital heart defect services Central Manchester, Royal Brompton and Leicester set to have work transferred to other sites Swathe of trust to cease “occasional” procedures after NHS England sets out new standards Work follows 15

  • Ben clover expert briefing

    HSJ expert view: Reforming heart services remains a long haul


    Today’s announcement on congential heart disease services is the latest battle in a very long war.

  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

    Trust will use 'all means at our disposal' to fight service closure


    Leicester and Royal Brompton promise to challenge NHS England plans to reconfigure congenital heart disease services NHS England decision would see both trusts lose most complex “level one” proceedures The trusts warn that the loss would destabilise other key services Two trusts that stand to

  • Technology

    Sepsis faces a new front


    Technology is helping clinicians to detect sepsis earlier, something which is key to combating this often undetected killer