The regulator NHS Improvement has said it could terminate the planned takeover of Liverpool’s community services by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and will consider if “a more beneficial transaction” could happen.
Local commissioners have defended their response to a review of maternal deaths at Pennine Acute Hospitals in 2014, after “enduring” problems were revealed in a shocking report.
Private provider Virgin Care has been awarded two five-year contracts to provide community and urgent care services for a clinical commissioning group in Lancashire.
Regulators have placed three more health service trusts in “special measures” today, specifically due to their poor financial performance of late.
A downgraded accident and emergency department is set to be partially reopened in January, after NHS Improvement said “more could be done” to reinstate the service.
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A teaching trust in Merseyside has had its rating for the safety of urgent and emergency services downgraded to “requires improvement” by the Care Quality Commission, with unsafe nurse staffing levels among the concerns raised.
The British Medical Association has suspended next week’s planned strike action, after being told by NHS England that services “cannot cope with the notice period” that was given.
The overall NHS provider sector has reported a deficit of £461m for the first three months of the financial year, which was £5m better than planned.
A hospital trust in the first wave of a national turnaround programme for struggling NHS organisations has announced plans that could reduce its staffing establishment by 7%.
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.