NHS hospitals suffer from chronic bed shortage, surgeons say

Royal College of Surgeons calls for rethink after figures show 89% of beds are full overnight for fourth quarter in a row

The Royal College of Surgeons has warned of a chronic shortage of NHS hospital beds in England, after occupancy rates for overnight stays topped 89% for a fourth successive quarter.

The maximum occupancy rate for ensuring patients are well looked after and not exposed to health risks is considered to be 85%, a figure that has not been achieved since NHS England began publishing statistics in 2010.

From July to September this year the percentage of beds occupied in wards open overnight was 89.1%, compared with 87% in the same period last year. That was the last time it was below 89%.

The RCS said the figures, published on Thursday, made for alarming reading and indicated a failure to cope with the increasing number of older patients in hospital.

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Half of London's doctors haven't heard of STPs, BMA survey finds

 BMA press release, 01 November 2016

More than half of doctors in London have not heard of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) due to be published by the end of this year, a BMA survey shows.

Of the 615 consultants and GPs surveyed, a majority (59 per cent)  said they had not heard of STPs - five year plans detailing how areas will work together to implement NHS England’s Five Year Forward View.

The BMA asked GPs and consultants in London about their involvement in the creation of the four STPs footprints for the city, made up of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), local authorities, NHS trusts and other health and care organisations. 

When asked if doctors felt they could influence decisions made by their clinical commissioning group (CCG), more than four in five (82 per cent) said they did not feel they could, even though CCGs are membership organisations.

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Plan to 'transform' NHS could lead to downgrade of major London hospitals

Council leaders refuse to back proposal amid fears Ealing and Charing Cross hospitals could lose A&E and other services as focus shifts to ‘virtual’ care



NHS Strategic Projects Team to be closed down

England NHS multimillion-pound contract consultants axed


21 July 2016

An "award winning" team of business consultants linked to a series of failed multi million-pound NHS deals is to be scrapped.

The Strategic Projects Team, which boasts of delivering "over £6bn of major projects," was set up to deliver the first franchise-run NHS Hospital.

NHS England has now raised "real concerns" about its work, saying the unit will be "closed down".

The team (SPT) says it intends to "eventually" complete the projects.

Formed in 2009, it has previously worked on huge contracts like the Hinchingbrooke Hospital franchise - the first deal of its kind - and the five-year £800m UnitingCare contract for older people's service in Cambridgeshire. The unit, which currently sits under the control of the Arden & Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit (CSU), also worked on the NHS Friends and Family Test, a patient ratings system aimed at improving nursing care. It has previously been honoured for its work at the Independent Healthcare Awards and Health Investor Awards.

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