A clutch of clinical commissioning groups ended 2014-15 expecting deficits up to three times higher than planned, even as the majority saw their outlook for the year improved by a funding rebate.
A large majority of commissioning leaders believe clinical priorities would lose out to political priorities if lead responsibility for NHS services was handed to health and wellbeing boards, an exclusive HSJ survey has found.
The Treasury is undertaking a quick turnaround project in the run up to the general election examining the potential savings from bringing together spending on health, social care and some welfare payments.
Full figures showing clinical commissioning group leaders’ views about the prospect of health and wellbeing board being responsible for health services, and the impact of competition rules.
More than a third of clinical commissioning groups are considering introducing limits on access or eligibility for services this year amid huge financial pressures, the latest HSJ survey of CCG leaders suggests.
More than 40 per cent of commissioners say their organisations are inviting competition for NHS services due solely to their concerns about controversial competition rules, an HSJ survey has found.
Integration of health and social care will help improve services but will not be the answer to the financial challenge facing the sector, the new president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Service has said.
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Some contracts for 2015-16 remain unsigned two weeks after the deadline as some trusts only received their offers on the day they were meant to be signed, HSJ has been told.
Readers listed rising waiting lists, a reorganisation of commissioning and political interference