What the July election means for the NHS
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3d ago
Rishi Sunak has called a surprise election, so we cover what could be in store for the NHS over the next six weeks and the different scenarios it could face if there is a change is government. Plus, we consider NHS England’s intervention in the ongoing debate about productivity (and how that might affect the service’s ask for extra capital investment) and also the aftermath of NHSE’s massive restructure.  With Henry Anderson, Annabelle Collins and Dave West.  ..read more
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Manchester’s financial meltdown
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by HSJ
3d ago
Greater Manchester ICS is under huge pressure to reduce its deficit after suffering a recent financial collapse. And now the ICS must navigate this without its substantive chief financial officer, who has been seconded to a post within NHS England. We discuss if there is a way out of the red and what this will mean for local care quality.  Also this week, a leaked NHSE review that concluded the NHS has a severe shortage of nurses with digital skills ..read more
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CQC inspections become the inspected
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3d ago
The tables have turned for the Care Quality Commission. This week HSJ revealed the government is launching a review of it’s new inspection regime and whether its ratings are properly incentivising care improvements. We discuss what prompted this review, which senior NHS figure is leading it and what it could mean for the regulator.  Also this week, a fifth of all of England’s GP premises pre-date 1948 and we discuss how this ageing estate risks hampering the workforce plan.  ..read more
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What ICB leaders really think
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by HSJ
3w ago
We delve into the detail of HSJ's comprehensive survey of integrated care board leaders, as well as new interventions on the future of ICBs from NHS England and Wes Streeting.    From leaders’ biggest worries, and their achievements thus far, to their plans for the future, HSJ Health Check highlights some of the more surprising findings.   Also, more on the shadow health secretary's recent comments on tensions between ICBs and foundation trusts, and NHS England's new assessment framework.   With Annabelle Collins, Nick Kituno and Dave West.  ..read more
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Are you going to lose your job?
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3w ago
This year sets the NHS one of its toughest financial challenges as pandemic cash dries up and funding shortfalls deepen. We hear how three integrated care systems are already warning of significant consequences from the current financial requirements, and explore how the NHS plans to break even in 2024-25. With Henry Anderson, Lawrence Dunhill and Nicholas Carding. Send views and questions to annabelle.collins@hsj.co.uk. You can listen to HSJ Health Check on this page, or subscribe on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and all the other popular&n ..read more
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What the coroners say
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3w ago
This week guest host Ben Clover discusses alarming developments in urgent care plus the Silicon Valley firm getting established in the NHS, with HSJ reporters Emily Townsend and Joe Talora ..read more
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Why this winter was (a bit) better in the NHS
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by HSJ
3w ago
2022-23 was probably the worst ever winter for the NHS, after a steep collapse in performance. This year’s been a little better — new figures confirm — but how was this achieved, and what does it mean for coming months?   This week’s HSJ Health Check podcast reviews the latest figures on emergency care performance — across A&E waits, ambulance delays and response times, discharge and length of stay. On nearly all measures, services have been better this winter than the year before, but only a little bit, and still well down on 2019 levels, which were already poor.  We d ..read more
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The latest safety crisis for maternity care
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1M ago
On this episode we discuss the quality of maternity services in the NHS, which have remained firmly in the spotlight. We cover a recent HSJ investigation into delayed inductions of labour and cover the broader challenges facing maternity services amid multiple inquiries and more 'inadequate' CQC ratings.  Also more on why families whose babies died in the East Kent maternity scandal are still having to prove legal liability to get any compensation.  ..read more
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The planning guidance is finally here
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1M ago
With one working day left before the new financial year, the NHS’s instructions for 2024-25 have finally been published.   HSJ’s James Illman, Annabelle Collins, and Dave West unpack what's in this year’s guidance and talk more about the sticking points that caused the long delay ..read more
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The £4bn hole in the NHS’s building plans
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2M ago
HSJ revealed this week the cost of building “40 new hospitals” in the NHS has increased by £4bn, so on this episode we dig into what’s driving this and if it will get past the Treasury.    Also this week  – when PFI deals go wrong and how a fire at the Whittington Hospital in north London has led to a High Court case.  ..read more
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