Inspection and Regulation

Patient given ‘medical air’ in Reading hospital ‘never event’

18.03.19: An investigation into a reported ‘never event’ found that a patient was given ‘medical air’ instead of oxygen during their care at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH). Medical air contains 21% oxygen and is similar to...

£3m Shrewsbury hospital ward opening delayed by fire regulations

15.03.19: A new £3m ward designed to help ease winter pressures at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital is not currently in use because it does not meet fire safety and building regulations. The ward, announced last September, was planned to relieve press...

Grandmother dies at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in latest fungal infection death case

15.03.19: Prosecutors are investigating a third death at Glasgow’s flagship hospital after a grandmother contracted a fungal infection, the latest infection-control incident to hit the city’s hospitals. Mito Kaur, aged 63, was one of two...

A&E waiting times hit record low again as February becomes the ‘toughest month to date’ for the NHS

14.03.19: The NHS has reported its worst ever performance figures for the second month in a row in the wake of new proposals scrapping the flagship four-hour A&E target, according to the latest NHS statistics. The “overwhelmed” health...

Structural defects ‘boggle the imagination’ at Roseberry hospital and will take five years to fix

13.03.19: A hospital plagued with structural problems will take “four to five years” to fully repair after a special task force found “serious failings” by contractors had caused avoidable but serious defects. Roseberry Park H...

MPs express ‘extreme concern’ at NHSE’s decision to hand cancer scan services to private firm

13.03.19: An MP has written to NHS England CEO Simon Stevens stating she is “extremely concerned” about the decision to take cancer screening services away from an Oxford hospital trust and hand it to a private firm. Government and opposi...

Risk to patient safety at Royal Glamorgan Hospital’s maternity ward as inspectors find fatigued and overstretched staff

13.03.19: Concerns about the safety of pregnant patients and their babies due to “significant staffing issues” have been raised at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in the wake of an investigation into the death of 26 babies. An inspection fro...

BMA to sue government over pension changes resulting in ‘huge’ losses

12.03.19: The British Medical Association (BMA) is to sue the government on behalf of thousands of doctors who have claimed they have been forced to join a pension scheme that will result in “huge financial losses” when they retire. BMA s...

Hospitals face fines for missing sepsis targets under new NHS England rules

12.03.19: Hospitals could be fined if they fail to meet new targets for detecting and treating sepsis under new NHS England rules coming into effect in April. The guidance requires staff to alert doctors of all patients suspected of having the deadly...

Two-year-old girl ‘would have survived’ if hospital’s guidelines had been followed in sepsis death

12.03.19: Systemic failures on the children’s ward of Bath’s major hospital led to the death of a young girl from sepsis, an inquest heard. Dr Nelly Ninis said that if staff at the Royal United Hospital had followed their own guidelines t...

NHS reveals plans to scrap four-hour A&E target to focus on quality

11.03.19: The NHS has unveiled plans to overhaul its four-hour A&E target and announced it will trial new “rapid care measures” which will prioritise treating the most extreme cases quicker instead of treating all patients within four hour...

Concerns raised over hospital bosses and cleanliness in damning report on Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

11.03.19: Bosses at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) failed to act on staff’s fears over dirty vents and some parts of the hospital cannot be cleaned due to pending repair work, the health secretary’s report into the scandal-hit...

Capital investment in NHS being slashed to cover rising day-to-day costs, new report reveals

08.03.19: A short-term approach to NHS funding has led to “years of declining and inadequate” capital spending for the health service, according to a new report from the Health Foundation. The charity has warned that an ageing infrastruct...

Isle of Wight Trust admits ‘failing terribly’ in reports to coroner who was left ‘wanting to weep’

08.03.19: An NHS trust has admitted “failing terribly” in not disclosing abnormalities over the death of patients to the coroner. Coroner Caroline Sumeray told a hearing that 20 serious incident investigations (SI) were not reported to he...

Isle of Wight NHS Trust hit with CQC performance warning as NHSI places it in financial special measures

08.03.19: The Isle of Wight NHS Trust (IOW) has been placed in financial special measures as the CQC simultaneously issued it with an urgent warning notice demanding improvements at its St Mary’s hospital. NHS Improvement (NHSI) has placed the...

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Patient given ‘medical air’ in Reading hospital ‘never event’

18/03/2019Patient given ‘medical air’ in Reading hospital ‘never event’

An investigation into a reported ‘never event’ found that a patient was given ‘medical air’ instead of oxygen during thei... more >
Top nurse to lead new integrated care group in Nottinghamshire

18/03/2019Top nurse to lead new integrated care group in Nottinghamshire

A top nurse has been appointed to lead a new health partnership in Nottinghamshire described as an alliance of NHS providers, commissioners, and ... more >
Trust names new senior leadership team and appoints CEO and turnaround director

18/03/2019Trust names new senior leadership team and appoints CEO and turnaround director

A troubled acute trust has appointed a new senior leadership team including a new chief executive and a ‘turnaround director’. R... more >

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25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital e... read more >

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Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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Focusing on hand injury prevention would ensure vital benefits for the public and the NHS

18/03/2019Focusing on hand injury prevention would ensure vital benefits for the public and the NHS

Ian McNab, consultant orthopaedic hand surgeon and council member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, outlines how a focus on prevention to hand injury could wider benefits for the NHS and general public. The NHS Long-Term Plan, released earlier this year, highlights how the prevention of avoidable health problems linked to sm... more >
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A Critical Moment for the NHS

07/03/2019A Critical Moment for the NHS

As part of our guest blog series, chief executive of NHS Employers, Danny Mortimer, reflects on a recently published Health Foundation ... more >
Do you know if you’re an alcoholic?

06/03/2019Do you know if you’re an alcoholic?

With around 1,500 alcohol-related hospital stays for both adults and under 18s at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust every year, it... more >
Maximising volunteer potential in hospitals

14/02/2019Maximising volunteer potential in hospitals

Sam Ward, director of commissioned services at the Royal Voluntary Service, argues that the right training can help harness the power of voluntee... more >
ICO: Cyber security and the NHS

14/02/2019ICO: Cyber security and the NHS

Peter Brown, acting head of technology policy at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), explains the importance of good practice in data pr... more >

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How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >
RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

24/10/2018RCP president on new Liverpool college building: ‘This will be a hub for clinicians in the north’

The president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has told NHE that the college’s new headquarters based in Liverpool will become a hu... more >
Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >

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