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Wedding bells turn to alarm bells for South West commissioning support service

The self-proclaimed “grandest wedding venue” in the South West was the venue for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire primary care trust cluster’s board meeting.

Unable to fit into NHS North Somerset’s offices, the expanded board opted to meet in the “magnificent” (yet reasonably priced) Victorian mansion Clevedon Hall near Bristol.

There was little love in the air, however, when discussion turned to the commissioning support service the cluster is working with NHS Somerset to develop.

Non-executives complained they had not been involved in developing the plans, with vice chair Melanie Gibbs warning she did not want to be presented with a “fait accompli” when the proposals came to March’s board meeting for approval.

North Bristol Trust featured heavily on the agenda due to its declining accident and emergency performance and the continuing disruption of outpatient appointments following the introduction of Cerner Millennium software in January. Although implementation had been successful for inpatient data, the outpatient system required a complete rebuild.

The problems meant data for the four-hour A&E standard was not available in December. But the cluster’s director of commissioning delivery, Louise Tranmer, told the board it was believed the trust had missed the target for the fourth consecutive month. Figures from November showed North Bristol saw only 91.7 per cent of patients within the time limit.

The NHS Interim Management and Support intensive support team for urgent care has visited the trust and is working with the local health economy to diagnose the problem.

Readers' comments (7)

  • Has the HSJ recruited ex News of the World reporters? There is no story here beyond a Daily Mail headline and a bit of mischief on the part of the HSJ. Not helpful at all.
    There must be enough real stories in currency at the moment given the turmoil the sytem is spiralling into, to avoid this sensationalism.
    Will HSJ be hacking the phone lines of our local CCG offices next?
    HJS - this is poor sport.

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  • I agree with Anonymous, very poor standards of hackery

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  • Oh for heaven's sake, lighten up, you lot.

    A nicely (and wittily....and informatively) written article which picked up on some of the practical issues of getting 3 big organisations meeting and working together.

    Do we get any of the cake ? And where are they planning to honeymoon ?

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  • I completely agree with the two Anonymouses (Anonymice? Should've read Classics) - health news is serious business.

    I'm dismayed that HSJ's print edition routinely devotes the entire inside back cover to frivolity. Could this not be replaced with a serialised history of Victorian cholera outbreaks?

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  • I think it's Anonymi, but my degree was in History.

    Mind you, it was Medieval History, so any End Game sections on the plague would be right up my street.

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  • Why should non-executive directors be "involved in developing the plans"? That is absolutely not their role - they set the strategy and let the executives develop the plans. There is too much of this involvement in the running of organisations from meddling NEDs who are there to fulfil an assurance and governance role, not a management one.

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  • Tbh they shouldhave posted the cost v market costof theplush venue, and throwna few "Fat cats" etc into the story

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