Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Appoints new Chief Executive

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals has appointed a new chief executive. Richard Parker has been promoted from his previous position of nursing director. Parker possesses more than 30 years experience in the NHS. He has worked as the trust’s nursing director since October 2013. Mike Pinkerton previously filled this role, but retired in January after four years with the trust. The trust is expecting an underlying end-of-year deficit of £30 million, excluding £17 million of STP funding,... Readmore

NHS England Chief Questions Private Consultation Services

The chief executive of NHS England has questioned the practice of private consultation services being operated by GPs alongside their usual NHS duties. Dorset Private GP has courted controversy by advertising private appointments, attracting fees of £140. Simon Stevens, though, believes that the scheme is questionable, and pledged an investigation on the matter. GPs that have decided to be contracted to the NHS are not permitted to offer private consultations to register patients. But... Readmore

Hospital Data Reveals Alarming Alert Levels

Analysis of hospital data provided by NHS England indicates that 25% of hospital trusts declared a level three or four alert for the first half of the month of January. The number of high-level warnings signifies extreme pressure that must be considered a cause of concern for healthcare bosses. A level three alert effectively means that patient flow was compromised, with a level four alert indicating that a hospital has been unable to deliver comprehensive care. Official data demonstrates... Readmore

Equality Boss Faces Jail Over £11,000 Fund Diversion

An equality boss in the NHS faces a potential jail sentence after directing £11,000 worth of funds to her husband. Paula Vasco-Knight, 53, broke down as she changed her plea on the second day of her trial at Exeter Crown Court. Vasco-Knight Had used over £11,000 of NHS cash in order to pay her husband Stephen for work on and equality and diversity publication. However, the publication in transform was absolutely fictitious, and her husband has also pleaded guilty to fraud. The former... Readmore

Longest-Serving Chief Executive to Take NHS Hiatus

The longest serving chief executive in the NHS will take a period of extended leave. Sir Leonard Fenwick, of Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust, will step down for an extended period, the board has confirmed. His duties will be covered by business and development director Louise Robson and medical director Andrew Welch. Fenwick hasn't worked for the NHS since joining the organisation as a trainee, aged just 18. No reason has been given for these periods of extended leave,... Readmore

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust Appoints New Chief Executive

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust has appointed Sam Allen as its new chief executive. Allen succeeds Colm Donaghy, who is retiring after almost three years at the helm. The new appointee will take up her post from 1st April. Allen had joined the trust back in 2009 and became a member of the board in 2013. She is currently deputy chief executive and executive director of strategy and improvement. It has been noted in the decision to appoint Allen that she has already accumulated considerable... Readmore

NHS Manager Jailed for Four Years Over £250,000 Fraud

An NHS manager has been jailed for four years following defrauding a health trust out of total sum of £250,000. Alan Hodge, renal technical department manager at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, was "at the very heart" of the fraud which saw him give contracts to his friends. Croydon Crown Court heard the case which lasted several days. Hodge was in charge of maintaining dialysis equipment, and thus had a position of significant responsibility within the trust. According... Readmore

NHS Managers Condemn Passport Plans

Doctors, nurses and NHS managers have condemned government plans to make hospital patients produce their passport before being treated. Numerous healthcare experts believe that the scheme is unworkable and a burden on overworked staff. Many are also sceptical that it will raise the £500 million projected by ministers. There are also fears that marginalised groups – such as people who are homeless and the 13% of the population who do not have a passport – will find it harder to access... Readmore

NHS Chiefs Attempting to Keep Cuts Secret According to Reports

An investigation has discovered that NHS bosses have gone to lengths in order to keep proposed cuts secret. The NHS hierarchy has recently been conducting a review of services throughout the healthcare system. This process may ultimately involve some A&E departments being closed, with the future of some hospitals also reportedly under threat. But the full details of this review process are yet to emerge, with NHS England apparently having requested managers to ensure that the plans are kept... Readmore

Kernow CCG Head Tenders Resignation Following Lengthy Suspension

Joy Youart has resigned as managing director of Kernow CCG. The MD has been suspended since February, while investigations took place over the “structure, running and finances” of the troubled CCG. Youart will eceive no additional pay other than outstanding contractual payments. The MD had previously commented that she was “not the right person to take the CCG forward”. An internal investigation has been taking place over the last eight months, and Youart has apparently decided... Readmore

Suffolk Primary Care ‘Mega-Partnership’ to be Toned Down

A so called mega-partnership planned for the Suffolk region has been significantly reduced in size following logistical concerns. The Suffolk GP Federation undicated that its intention to create a 540,000-patient GP partnership will need to be scaled down massively. Instead, the federation will form a single partnership with approximately 113,000 patients, which is considered to be much more viable for the organisation. Known as Suffolk Primary Care, the partnership will still become one of the largest... Readmore

Spending Watchdog Scathing on Theresa May Financial Denial

Theresa May was in denial about the extent of the NHS’s financial problems and should accept that its sums “just do not add up”, the government spending watchdog has claimed. Meg Hillier, the chair of the Commons public accounts committee, wrote in a letter to the prime minister on Thursday that growing evidence disproved her insistence that the NHS was getting enough money. Earlier this week, the government rebutted the health select committee’s detailed critique of government statements... Readmore
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