Patients to Benefit from £325 Million Investment in NHS Transformation Projects

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England boss Simon Stevens have announced £325 million of capital investment for local projects that will help the NHS to modernise and transform care for patients. Speaking at the King’s Fund, Mr Hunt and Mr Stevens gave the green light to local capital investment schemes in 15 areas of the country, with the largest sums being used for urgent care in Dorset, surgery in Greater Manchester and cancer care in Cumbria. Patients will see this investment deliver... Readmore

RCGP Warns Over Scottish Funding Issues

The Royal College of General Practitioners has warned that GP practices could miss out on over £250 million worth of funding that was previously promised by the Scottish government. The RCGP warns that there is considerable risk of practice closures in the current climate. While waiting times for patients’ appointments are also set to increase, according to the authoritative organisation. The Royal College thus calls on funding funding for the service to be increased, having accused the government... Readmore

Care Quality Commission Rates London Trust as Good

A south east London NHS trust that specialises in mental healthcare has been rated Good overall for its forensic inpatient/secure wards by the Care Quality Commission. It had previously been rated Requires Improvement. Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, which provides community and mental health services to the London boroughs of Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich, was rated Outstanding for being responsive to patients and Good for being safe, effective caring and well-led. During the Care Quality... Readmore

Care Quality Commission Approves GP Surgery

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found the quality of care provided by Dr Chidananda Barua’s practice in Farnworth to be Good following an inspection in March. During an inspection in May 2016 CQC rated the practice as Inadequate and put into special measures. The concerns identified included significant gaps in the practice’s governance arrangements and risks to people’s safety. Since this inspection, the practice has implemented changes that the CQC asked to be made. These changes... Readmore

Major Teaching Hospital Needs Rebuild After Fire Problems

Remedial building work is being conducted at one of the most prominent teaching hospitals in the country after it was discovered that builders had failed to follow safety specifications adequately. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust was constructed following one of the largest private finance initiatives agreed by the British government, but is currently experiencing some severe difficulties. It has been reported that the trust had already raised concerns with the provider... Readmore

NHS Improvement Calls on Trusts to Follow NICE Guidance

NHS Improvement has urged trusts to follow maternity guidelines that have been drawn up by NICE previously. Advice relating to staffing in maternity services has been recently published by the regulator, and those that were previously outlined by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, published in 2015, should be followed and was “based on the best available evidence”. The maternity advice is one of seven initiatives currently being developed by NHS Improvement, having been... Readmore

Annual Cost of Settling Negligence Claims Expected to Double by 2023

The Medical Protection Society suggest that the existing cost of settling clinical negligence claims is equivalent to training 6,500 doctors annually. Yet the authoritative organisation suggests that this figure will double by 2023. Already the bill for medical negligence is equal to £1.5 billion, and this will render such payments unsustainable and divert significant amounts of funding away from frontline patient care, a report from the medical protection society asserts. Its study – The Rising... Readmore

£48 Million Out of Hours Contract Awarded

A £48 million contract for out of hours GP and 111 services has been awarded to a consortium of public and private providers, including an acute trust, by commissioners in the Cornwall region. The contract has been handed to Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, Kernow Health Community Interest Company and Vocare, as decreed by Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group. Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be covered by the new contract, with a population of 550,000 people resident in the region. The... Readmore

Trust Rated as Inadequate Once More by Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission has condemned a trust which has failed to improve after a period of continuing poor performance. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust was rated inadequate back in December 2015, but has failed to make satisfactory improvements in order to be removed from special measures. The trust had particularly attracted the attention of the media when a patient died in the corridors at one of its hospitals. Having reported on the trust, the CQC found that there had been a litany... Readmore

Government Names 27 Hospitals Set to Share £21 Million

The government has identified the 27 hospitals who will benefit from £21 million in new funding. This money is intended to support new triage, streaming and co-located GP services alongside their emergency departments, in an attempt to relieve the pressure on A&E. The £21 million figure follows close on the back of £56 million in funding being provided to 70 hospital trusts in April this year. This £56 million payment also came under the £100 million pound program that was announced... Readmore

NHS Trust Owed £15 Million After Private Firm Liquidation

An NHS trust has found itself £15 million in the hole following the liquidation of a private firm. Imperial College Healthcare Trust is listed as a creditor of London International Hospital Limited, which commenced winding up proceedings on 30 March. Ravenscourt Park Hospital in west London has been sublet to the company since 2007, with a fifteen-year new lease having been taken on the property into 2002. Companies House documents indicate that investors Bhanu Choudhrie and Sudhir Choudhrie... Readmore

Highgate Private Hospital Receives Outstanding Rating from CQC

Highgate Private Hospital received an outstanding rating for well-led services and a good overall grading from the Care Quality Commission. This was the first time that the hospital had undergone an independent inspection from the regulator. Located in an exclusive area of north London, Highgate Private Hospital intends to provide outstanding healthcare for the community. Inspectors found that services at the hospital were particularly consistent, with every other category other than that... Readmore
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