Two foundation trusts that mainly provide mental health services in Essex have had a long-awaited merger approved.
The latest NHS bed occupancy figures are the highest ever recorded for a third quarter since quarterly data collections began in 2010, providing a further sign of the system’s capacity challenges.
Three Essex trusts that are setting up a new “group” model to run their three hospitals have finalised their new “joint executive” team, including nurse leadership.
Basildon hospital was forced to call its first internal critical incident in years and cancel ”significant amounts” of elective work last week due to a lack of available beds.
Some agency nurses on duty at an Essex hospital were observed administering intravenous care without it being known if they were competent to do so, a regulator has warned among a raft of failings that have seen the organisation recommended for entry into the support regime for struggling care providers.
The district general hospital run for three years by a private company is to exit “special measures” after being rated “good” by the Care Quality Commission, just over a year after it was handed back to full NHS control.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has set out plans to temporarily close Grantham Hospital’s emergency department at night time, because of staff shortages and patient safety concerns.
Interventions taken by regulators in the coming weeks to regain control of NHS finances could result in some providers having fewer clinical staff, Nursing Times’ sister title HSJ has been told.
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has been told by regulators if it does not form a “long term partnership” with Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust it risks being taken over by external administrators – a process which could result in its liquidation.
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been forced into significant bed closures after inspectors raised concerns about staff ratios and its stroke services.