Issue : 5 April 2012
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PERFORMANCE: South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has warned Monitor it may not achieve the A8 target during the final quarter of 2011-12.
Gloucestershire builds £7.7m radiotherapy unitSubscription
FINANCE: Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust has approved plans for a £7.7m satellite radiotherapy unit to be built on the site of Hereford Hospital.
Franchise option was considered for GWASSubscription
STRUCTURE: NHS South West considered franchising out Great Western Ambulance Service after it became apparent the organisation would not achieve foundation trust status.
COMMERCIAL: South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has highlighted a “serious” risk to its core services if it fails to win contracts to provide NHS 111 in the south west.
A patient and public involvement campaigner has applied for a senior NHS Commissioning Board role, partially in protest at tokenistic participation “rituals”.
£1bn national IT deal stallsSubscription
A deal designed to save the NHS more than £1bn on its contract with the National Programme for IT’s biggest provider has stalled.
DH faces 'significant' accounts auditing problemSubscription
The Department of Health could face problems with the auditing of its 2011-12 accounts unless potentially “significant” mismatches between the accounting of foundation trusts and commissioners are resolved.
WORKFORCE: Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has employed all of a group of 30 nurses who have completed training with the trust, including for the first time several in community hospitals.
New patient group formed in North of Tyne Subscription
STRUCTURE: A new patient group has been formed in Blyth Valley, part of the area covered by Northumberland Care Trust.
FINANCE: Plymouth Hospitals Trust was reporting a deficit more than double plan at the end of January but is forecasting to break even by year end.