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Almost a third of independent acute hospital trusts inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) requires improvement

Almost one in three independent acute hospital trusts inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) requires improvement, the CQC has warned.
 
An analysis by the healthcare watchdog published yesterday (11 April) also revealed that the majority of independent hospitals are providing good care for their patients, with 62% rated as good and 8% rated as outstanding as of 2 January 2018.
 
However, these hospitals differ in quality and clear scope for improvement, said the CQC.
 
Safety concerns
 

Prof Esmail is nationally acclaimed for his work on racial discrimination, but he believes there is still a lot to do in this area.

An OBE is awarded to a small number of people. Even smaller are those who decide to reject the award – Professor Aneez Esmail is one of them.
 
Despite being professor of general practice at the University of Manchester and director of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC), Prof Esmail still finds the time to work as a GP at the Robert Darbishire Practice in Rusholme, Manchester.
 

Only one in five NHS trusts (20%) are clear about how the health and care system will evolve in regards to regulation

One in five NHS trusts are clear about how the health and care system will evolve in regards to regulation, an NHS Providers survey of 86 trusts has found.
 
The survey, published yesterday (9 March) revealed that despite great emphasis is placed on integrated care for patients, uncertainty looms around what regulatory changes this could bring.
 

Racism harms healthcare by holding back skilled people, says Dr Kailash Chand

Healthcare thrives on equality and diversity. In some specialities, such as general practice, we know that almost a third of the emerging workforce qualified overseas. Without these immigrant workers the NHS would come to a standstill. BME doctors have saved Britain billions in training costs alone. And it’s not just doctors. According to the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, there are 193,000 staff from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds in the NHS – representing nearly 20% of the workforce.
 

Four new innovations to be fast-tracked into the NHS via ITP programme

NHS England has revealed today (9 April) four new innovations that are to be fast-tracked into the NHS via the Innovation and Technology Payment (ITP) programme.
 
Launched in June 2017, the ITP was created to help the NHS quickly adopt proven innovations, aims at finding low cost innovations that will save NHS money while improving patients’ outcomes, as NHS England said on its website.
 

University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust saw an opportunity to use robotics to revolutionise drug dispensing and reduce medicines wastage by 71%.

University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) NHS Trust saw an opportunity to use robotics to revolutionise drug dispensing and reduce medicines wastage by 71%.  
 
The problem
 
In 2015/16, NHS England spent over £7bn on medicines for hospitals. 
 
When it comes to medicine use, sometimes mistakes are made at the prescribing stage, when the doctor takes decisions on the therapeutic part.