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

Chief Executive of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust Steps Down

The chief executive of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has stepped down from his dual role as chief of Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust, just four months after accepting the role. Peter Homa took on the shared role in June ahead of plans for the two trusts to merge in the autumn. However, in September the merger was pushed back until 2017. Louise Scull, who has been chair for both trusts since June, is also standing down from Sherwood Forest, as is joint chief nurse Mandie Sunderland. They... Readmore

Experts Warns of NHS Winter Implosion

A major healthcare leader has suggested that sections of the NHS will implode this winter. Dr Mark Holland, the president of the Society for Acute Medicine, believes that a perfect storm of underfunding, increased demand and crumbling infrastructure will cause genuine outages in the healthcare system. Holland describes the current situation as the NHS being “on its knees”, and a major increase in hospital admissions due to excessive numbers of seasonal flu sufferers could lead to systemic... Readmore

Katrina Percy Resigns from Southern Health Foundation Trust Role

Katrina Percy has resigned from her role as a strategic adviser at Southern Health Foundation Trust. The news is a surprise, as Percy had only been in post for six months. Yet the troubled trust indicated that it was impossible for Percy to continue in her role owing to complaints made by the public, patients and families. Percy will receive 12 months pay following her removal from the role. The chief executive had been under huge pressure since the publication in December of a report... Readmore

NICE Recommends Coil as Ideal Contraception Aid

NICE has recommended that the so-called contraceptive coil should be recommended by GPs and above all other options. The authoritative health organisation even suggested that a copper IUD is more effective than the emergency contraceptive pill. This recommendation is part of new quality standards on contraception that NICE have developed. The document outlines key areas in which advice on contraception provided by doctors can be improved. Despite the recommendations of NICE, it is clear... Readmore

New Plans will see Midlands Health Organisations Merge

Newly announced plans will see a hospital trust which has been underperforming merge with another to form a new singular body. Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust will combine with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), with the intention of improving healthcare in the region. The Heart of England trust is responsible for treating about 1.2 million people in Birmingham, south Staffordshire, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield. Monitor had begun to investigate the trust following... Readmore
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