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  1. Police launch investigation into patient death

    Police are investigating allegations around the death of a patient who was under the care of Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust.
  2. The three pandemics

    We need the contribution of millions of people as volunteers and supporters to handle the crises in the NHS, writes Patricia Hewitt
  3. The Download: Cracks start to show in covid-transformed primary care

    The fortnightly newsletter that unpacks system leaders’ priorities for digital technology and the impact they are having on delivering health services. This week by digital services correspondent Jasmine Rapson.
  4. NHS England warns provider it ‘will not tolerate’ further service failures

    NHS England has told a large private provider it will ‘not tolerate failures’ after repeated concerns have been raised about its services.
  5. Three hospitals placed in special measures following infection control concerns

    Three private mental health hospitals have been placed in special measures after the Care Quality Commission found concerns over infection control.
  6. Trust ‘reviewing hundreds of patients’ after failings discovered

    The suicide of a woman with severe mental illness has prompted a review into the care of hundreds of other patients, according to her family.
  7. NHS staff ‘tremendously anxious’ over data sharing, says new national leader

    Data sharing principles established during the covid-19 pandemic should be retained for the future, the new national data guardian has told HSJ.
  8. We can now prevent mental ill-health in the same way we fight cancer

    A cutting-edge child and adolescent mental health centre hopes to help prevent young people from experiencing mental health problems. By Sir Norman Lamb
  9. CQC tells provider to inform police of staff assault on patient

    Allegations of staff assaulting patients at a mental health hospital have been uncovered for a second time, one year after the Care Quality Commission first raised concerns over potential abuse at the unit.
  10. Struggling trusts halt work on merger

    Two trusts mired in controversy over quality and governance issues have paused their planned merger, HSJ has learned.
  11. West Country Chronicle: How NEDs pushed chair out of governance scandal trust

    From Cornwall to the Cotswolds, West Country Chronicle offers essential insight into NHS matters in the South West. Contact me in confidence here.
  12. Manager leaves after allegedly using lucrative shifts for gym trips and shopping

    A manager has left a mental health and learning disabilities unit after allegations they booked themselves in for lucrative shifts but used the time for online shopping and gym trips.
  13. HSJ podcast: Why the eating disorder care crisis is risking lives

    Eating disorder services in the NHS are at crisis point, with lockdown making an already pressurised situation even worse.
  14. English NHS breaches 52 weeks

    Waiting times across England as a whole have now breached 52 weeks. The silver lining is that, in a couple of months, the published data will be much improved: extending up to 104 weeks with mental health waits itemised. By Rob Findlay
  15. Mental Health Matters: Celebrity death among cascade of concern over eating disorders

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  16. ‘Flurry’ of whistleblowers raise concerns at troubled trust

    A ‘flurry’ of whistleblowers have raised concerns about the culture within an NHS trust which is grappling with finance and governance problems, its directors have been told.
  17. Two dozen trust leaders warn white paper is a ‘step backwards’

    The leaders of more than half the mental health trusts in England have told Matt Hancock his department’s new legislative proposals represent a ‘step backwards’ for their services.
  18. Mental Health Matters: Kicking the can down the road

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  19. Trust CEO quits after investigation uncovers ‘really concerning’ governance failings

    The long-serving chief executive of a community and mental health trust has resigned, amid official reviews into allegations of multiple financial and governance failings, HSJ has learned.
  20. HSJ podcast: Why this year’s NHS marching orders are so different

    The NHS has been given its planning guidance for the first half of this year – and it strikes a markedly different tone to previous years. But what else would you expect from 2021?