A new report has revealed that NHS hospitals were ordered to change their logo despite warnings over the expense of such a policy.
All NHS hospitals have been instructed to alter publicity materials, moving the NHS logo to a position of above the name of the trust, as opposed to perpendicular to it.
Patients groups have strongly opposed this rather petty regulation, with many prominent NHS observers concerned about the squandering of resources in the middle of a massive financial crisis.
Jeremy Hunt has ordered a review of United Hospitals Lincolnshire Trust’s decision to close Grantham and District Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department.
This decision was instigated at the end of 2016, when the trust introduced what it stated was a “temporary” night time closure of the Grantham A&E last year.
However, the A&E department has yet to reopen on a full-time basis.
Lincolnshire County Council has requested the health secretary to intervene, following concerns... Readmore
Two Buckinghamshire-based clinical commissioning groups are set to merge, after they submitted an application to NHS England.
Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCGs would become one larger CCG at the beginning of 2017-18 should the proposals be accepted.
The decision to submit this request followed a moratorium on the matter issued by NHS England.
Since clinical commissioning groups were initially created only one group of the organisations has been effectively merged.
This seemed to be set in stone... Readmore
Although the problem of bed-blocking is commonly known within the NHS system, a new study suggests that the scale of the issue is far greater than generally believed.
Nuffield Trust research asserts that the number of patients trapped in hospital despite being fit to leave is three times higher than was previously thought, and that official data demonstrates.
Far more hospital beds are taken up by patients classed as “delayed transfers of care” than NHS England’s counting system detected,... Readmore
The Royal College of General Practitioners considers NHS England to be behind in its efforts to roll out the GP Forward View rescue deal.
Several elements of this attempt have been red-rated by the RCGP, as the authoritative organisation conducts a comprehensive review into progress.
The college had explicitly supported the GP Forward View when it was initially released last April.
But the chair of the organisation, Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, indicated that the organisation is frustrated with... Readmore
Official data indicates that NHS England has failed to spend the £10 million that was pledged for the edge in support of vulnerable practices in 2015.
This is despite the fact that the most senior GPs working for the organisation indicated just weeks ago that it would reach practices by the end of the calendar year.
NHS England director of primary care Dr Arvind Madan had stated back in December 2016 that the remaining funds would be “spent by the end of this calendar year”.
But NHS England... Readmore
Regulators have warned that the increasing strain being placed on emergency services is heaping additional financial pressures on already besieged NHS trusts.
NHS Improvement wrote to trust leaders in order to address the matter, and stated that providers are frequently seeking support from commissioners in order to address the situation.
However, the overseer also suggested that several trusts must make a considerably larger investment in rectifying the matter.
As the NHS reached crisis... Readmore
The Liberal Democrats have responded to official data which suggests that the NHS is still facing a winter crisis.
In order to measure the level of emergencies in the healthcare system, NHS England has devised a new system of Operational Pressure Escalation Levels (OPELs).
Health officials have asserted that the four-point scale is an attempt to ensure consistency when hospitals are under strain and rqeuire extra help or for patients to be diverted.
Yet on 9th January alone, 61 hospital... Readmore
An ambulance trust sought millions in compensation from commissioners following what it described as horrendous handover delays.
This claim formed part of the local contract negotiations for 2017-18.
The West Midlands Ambulance Service Trust has been locked in talks with all 22 clinical commissioning groups in the West Midlands in an attempt to resolve the matter.
This was confirmed by director for clinical commissioning and service development, Mark Docherty.
Docherty conceded that CCGs... Readmore
NHS England has improved in principle a £29 million capital spending, intended to fund the reconfiguration of acute services at Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust.
The West Midlands trust has already published a consultation on its “Future of Acute Hospital Services in Worcestershire” plan, with the intention of outlining how these monies will be invested.
Commenting on the issue, a spokeswoman for the trust indicated that capital requirements in the region of £30 million have already... Readmore
New figures have outlined the extent of the bed-blocking crisis facing the NHS this winter.
Fifteen hospitals had no spare beds on at least one day recently, according to official statistics.
Meanwhile, beds on general and acute wards at two NHS trusts were full for four days consecutively.
And eight trusts reported “serious operational problems” during the first week of the month.
The statistics were published as part of NHS England’s winter daily situation reports.
These began... Readmore
Official figures indicate that over 700 operations at NHS Grampian have been cancelled already this year.
Lack of beds, staff and clean equipment have all been cited as being problematical.
Between January and October, 735 operations at the health board were cancelled for non-clinical or capacity reasons.
This compares to the 808 operations cancelled by the NHS Grampian in the same period for clinical reasons, such as an ill patient, or the patient not being prepared for the procedure properly... Readmore