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£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...

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...

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...

New hospital plans to replace ‘not fit for purpose’ site backed by Essex trust

11.03.19: The board of an Essex trust has unanimously backed proposals for a new hospital in Harlow which could be built within the next six years and replace the old site described by the CQC as “not fit for purpose.” The Princess Alexan...

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...

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...

Sussex trust faces ‘unlimited fine’ after failing in care of suicidal teenager

07.03.19: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe care to a 19-year-old who died under its supervision, and could now face an unprecedented fine following a criminal conviction brought against the trust by the...

Public satisfaction with NHS hits 11-year low over long waiting times and staff shortages

07.03.19: Public satisfaction with the NHS has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade with frustrations over waiting times driving the dissatisfaction, new research has shown. The British Social Attitudes poll found that 53% of people were satis...

‘Unacceptable’ private ambulance services ‘putting patients at risk’ says CQC

07.03.19: Private ambulance services are putting patients at risk, the CQC has said, as the NHS’s rising use of independent providers raises concerns about staff training, unregistered ambulances, and safety. In a damning report on independent...

Trust prosecuted by CQC for safe care failings in death of 19-year-old

05.03.19: The CQC is prosecuting an NHS trust over the death of a patient after it failed to fulfil its duties imposed by regulations brought in following the Mid Staffordshire scandal. Sussex Partnership NHS FT has been summoned to attend Brighton M...

Review panel into Shropshire baby death inquiry disbanded by NHSI

05.03.19: A review panel set up by NHS Improvement (NHSI) to review the findings of an investigation into maternity care in hundreds of baby deaths at an NHS trust has been disbanded after allegations of conflicted interests. The review panel was set...

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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 prevent... more >
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£3m Shrewsbury hospital ward opening delayed by fire regulations

15/03/2019£3m Shrewsbury hospital ward opening delayed by fire regulations

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 sa... more >

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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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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

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Sam Ward, director of commissioned services at the Royal Voluntary Service, argues that the right training can help harness the power of voluntee... 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’

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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

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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 >
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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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