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STRUCTURE: A husband-and-wife team of former primary care trust leaders have been appointed as interim chief executive and turnaround director of the huge and troubled Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.
About a quarter of clinical commissioning groups are facing “real difficulty “ in “making ends meet” this financial year, the NHS England finance director has said.
NHS England chief executive Sir David Nicholson has told HSJ it is time to question whether “the straightforward commissioner-provider split” is the best way to organise care for some communities.
- Francis report may have contributed to A&E problems, says Nicholson
- Nicholson says 'becoming the story' after Francis part of retirement decision
- Nicholson: Transferring NHS funds to social care would mean 'radical changes' to hospitals
- CCG Barometer: Confident commissioners voice gripes with new system
- Most leaders would leave if groups' budgets were given to councils, survey finds
- Information, patient involvement and service change are weak areas, say CCG leaders
- Exclusive: David Nicholson to leave by March 2014
GP practices in a significant minority of areas are forming groups with non-neighbouring practices. In some of those, data suggests one group is formed from better performing and/or less deprived practices.
Including the list of practices rated red on their PCT’s scorecard in more than a third of areas.
Two of Andrew Lansley’s big summer announcements have irked some in the NHS for a number of reasons, and they were both information publications of sorts.
- Off the hook on targets?
- Charting public health
- Hospital guides
- Health twits
- Personal health records continued
- Logging on early
- Mapping swine flu part two: The professionals