NHS England will accelerate planned changes to urgent and emergency care services because of poor performance across the sector.
The clinical commissioning groups taking on full control of GP services in their area this week will be responsible for performance managing poor practices and approving practice mergers, according to documents seen by HSJ.
Teaching hospitals are continuing to refuse ‘out of area’ referrals in defiance of new rules from NHS England.
All 32 London clinical commissioning groups and NHS England’s London arm have set out plans to drive the improvements called for by the NHS Five Year Forward View and the London Health Commission.
NHS Improving Quality is expected to be substantially cut back and could well be abolished under proposals being considered by a national review of the health service’s improvement organisations, HSJ understands.
There will not be a single commissioning model across England over the next five years, with local authorities and accountable care organisations increasingly taking on these functions, Simon Stevens has said.
A NHS England sub-region directors is leaving to join private health firm Optum, while another of the posts has been filled by a former primary care trust chief executive.
HSJ’s map of NHS England arbitration of disputes between providers and clinical commissioning groups since April 2013
The Health and Social Care Information Centre will suspend the collection of the secondary uses service data for nearly two weeks as part of a process to bring collection of the vital NHS dataset in-house.
Closing the gap between physical and mental health