Health minister resigns after government reshuffle
Baroness Blackwood has stepped down from her role as health minister and the government’s health lead in the Lords. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Children feared ‘lost to the system’ by failing service
Parents fear their children have been “lost to the system” because of problems with staffing and assessment delays in a failing service. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Senior nurse who tried to whistleblow unfairly dismissed, tribunal rules
A trust unfairly dismissed a senior nurse after she tried to invoke its formal whistleblowing policy, an employment tribunal has ruled. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Revealed: The trusts put on notice over risks to staff
NHS providers were given 40 official warnings because regulators believed they were failing to protect staff from violence, injury and hazardous substances in the past two years, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 17, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New CQC concerns over troubled maternity service
Midwives at the hospital trust at the centre of a maternity investigation were having to make decisions on the treatment of high risk women which should have been made by doctors, the Care Quality Commission found in an inspection last month. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Experienced interim moves to new challenged trust
A struggling hospital trust has appointed an experienced interim chief executive for the coming financial year. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS England targets digitisation of millions of GP records
NHS England is hoping to create a nationalised approach to the digitisation of “vital” decades-old medical records, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government names preferred NICE chair
The government has named its preferred candidate to chair the board of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Three more CCGs vote to merge next year
GPs have voted to merge three West Midlands clinical commissioning groups, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Ex-management consultant appointed care minister
Matt Hancock has retained his position as health secretary in Thursday’s cabinet reshuffle, while the chancellor Sajid Javid has resigned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hancock stays as health secretary while chancellor resigns
Matt Hancock has retained his position as health secretary in Thursday’s cabinet reshuffle, while the chancellor Sajid Javid has resigned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Discrimination against BME staff getting worse, finds NHSE report
Black and minority ethnic staff in the NHS are suffering from increasing levels of bullying, harassment and abuse, according to new data exclusively revealed by HSJ. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Independent inquiry called into East Kent maternity scandal
NHS England and Improvement will commission an independent inquiry into maternity services at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, junior health minister Nadine Dorries has announced. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Chief to retire after taking trust out of ‘special measures’
The chief executive of a Sussex trust is to retire in September, four years after taking up the role. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cost of hospital building project doubles in 18 months
The cost of a planned hospital reconfiguration in Kent has rocketed, with one option now estimated to cost twice as much as forecast 18 months ago. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Chief appeals to system as CQC rates two A&Es ‘inadequate’
The Care Quality Commission has downgraded two emergency departments run by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust to “inadequate” ratings amid quality concerns and consistently poor ambulance handovers. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New targets set to be phased in from April, says NHSE
The NHS can expect a phased implementation of new operational targets from April — instead of a full switchover on day one — NHS England’s number two has said. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

ICSs must move beyond ‘transformation’, says Pritchard
Integrated care systems cannot focus purely on transformation, and will gradually move to taking on performance management jobs from NHS England and Improvement, the regulators’ number two has said. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Royal college failed to carry out hundreds of background checks
The Royal College of Psychiatrists suspended some activities last year after it realised it had not carried out background checks for more than 350 staff and patient representatives, HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Mandatory manager regulation set to be rejected
Policymakers look set to reject recommendations to introduce a compulsory register for senior NHS managers, instead favouring a voluntary register. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 12, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trusts told not to stockpile amid coronavirus supply fears
The Department of Health and Social Care has told trusts not to stockpile products, amid growing concern over the impact of novel coronavirus on medical supplies. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Uncapped’ capital funds available for coronavirus response
NHS organisations can now bid for capital funding to pay for urgent works needed for their response to the coronavirus outbreak, the health secretary announced today. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Cancer drugs unit’s water contaminated by legionella
Legionella and pseudomonas were found in water meant for hand washing in a unit where medicines for cancer patients were prepared, HSJ has learned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Quality deteriorates as trust leaders drive integration
A south London trust has seen quality and safety deteriorate in some areas as its leadership focussed on major strategic changes, according to a Care Quality Commission report. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Maternity scandal trust calls in senior clinician to lead review
A trust at the centre of a maternity care scandal is calling in an “external senior clinician” to review how it has responded to concerns raised by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology four years ago. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Maternity scandal trust calls in ‘senior clinician’ to lead review
A trust at the centre of a maternity care scandal is calling in a “external senior clinician” to review how it has responded to concerns raised by the Royal Colleage of Obstetrics and Gynaecology four years ago. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS England’s goal on new buildings ‘is mountainous task’
Green building experts have questioned the feasibility of NHS England’s “ambitious” target for all NHS new builds and refurbishments to be delivered to net zero carbon standards. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

North by North West: Was ‘Devo Manc’ a success? Part 2
Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. Contact me in confidence here. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Appalling’ primary care cuts for minority ethnic patients
A GP surgery will lose funding for services designed to address health inequalities facing black, Asian and minority ethnic patients, while others serving deprived areas also face cuts, under a system-wide review commissioners. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government ‘proved wrong’ as nursing drop-outs stable
The drop-out rate for nursing students did not fall in the first year of the nursing bursary being replaced with a loan system, according to new official data. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 10, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Number 10 backs’ real-time patient experience measures
GP contract update: Concerns have been raised about plans in the new GP contract for an “as close to real-time as possible” measure of patient experience in general practice, said to have been propelled by Boris Johnson’s number 10. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 7, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Patients harmed by delays at special measures trust
Patients were harmed at a Lincolnshire trust because of delays in receiving outpatients and diagnostics appointments, the Care Quality Commission has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 7, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs agree new deal with NHS England after PCN contract row
The NHS has made major concessions to ensure doctors sign up to the GP contract for 2020-21, which includes the primary care network agreement that incited considerable dissatisfaction among the profession through January. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Second Home Office director joins NHS Digital’s leadership team
A former member of the Royal Air Force has been appointed deputy chief executive at NHS Digital. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government report warns CCGs falling short on mental health law
NHS commissioners are not carrying out their duties under the Mental Health Act, a report by the Department of Health and Social Care has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

HEE appoints interim chief after Cumming steps down
Wendy Reid will take over from Ian Cumming as Health Education England’s acting chief executive, it has been announced. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Hunt tells Hancock to ‘use his magic’ to secure high cost drug approval
Former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has urged his successor to find a way to ensure patients can access a high cost drug which is subject to a legal challenge against the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Not everyone wants to be a doctor
Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night — and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, will make sure you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping ... (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Ward Round: Not everyone wants to be a doctor
Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night — and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, will make sure you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping ... (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trust shuts ward suddenly after CQC visit
A trust has closed an escalation ward “following discussions with the Care Quality Commission”, after a visit by the regulator which HSJ understands was critical of some services. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Trust’s consultants allege they’re ‘bullied by managers’
Consultants at a major North East hospital have reported being bullied by senior managers to move patients inappropriately and to prioritise targets over quality and safety. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Two big turning points for emergency care
HSJ’s Performance Watch expert briefing is our fortnightly newsletter on the most pressing performance matters troubling system leaders. This week by deputy editor Dave West. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 5, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Performance Watch: Two big turning points for emergency care
HSJ’s Performance Watch expert briefing is our fortnightly newsletter on the most pressing performance matters troubling system leaders. This week by deputy editor Dave West. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 5, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exclusive: Fresh row over public health funding
Public health commissioners and providers are warning they may be tens of millions of pounds out of pocket, amid a fresh row over funding for a pay uplift. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 5, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NAO: Trusts facing big repair bills missed out on Johnson’s capital awards
Government auditors have highlighted a lack of correlation between the prime minister’s capital funding announcements and those NHS providers with the largest backlogs of maintenance problems. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 5, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Revealed: The CCG map after new wave of mergers
Our map reveals the new shape of the clinical commissioning group landscape following a wave of 74 mergers confirmed for April this year. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 5, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Paterson inquiry calls for new public database of consultants
A single database publicising consultants’ practising privileges and performance is among the recommendations from the inquiry into the rogue surgeon Ian Paterson. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Review of troubled service still not launched after 16 months
A royal college’s review of quality concerns at a pathology service — first approved in September 2018 — has yet to get underway, HSJ has been told. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS looks to grab private sector work with major reconfiguration
A health system is proposing to consolidate seven NHS units that deliver inpatient elective orthopaedic surgery into two — aimed partly at capturing activity from the private sector. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Staff shortage forces service centralisation ahead of plan
Surgery for aortic aneurysms has been moved out of a hospital ahead of schedule, following an emergency reconfiguration of services caused by staff shortages. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news