Issue : 1 March 2012
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DH sets out FT pipeline escalation frameworkSubscription
The Department of Health has re-iterated that if trusts miss their targets for applying for foundation trust status they face an “escalation process”.
Trust mergers don't guarantee more for lessSubscription
Mergering healthcare organisations should be viewed with caution, unless there are clear and demonstrable benefits to patient services, says Nuffield Trust chief economist Anita Charlesworth.
STRUCTURE: Work has started on a new £800,000 neonatal intensive care unite and accommodation for parents at Salisbury Foundation Trust.
Performance improving at Avon and WiltshireSubscription
FINANCE: The amount being paid by Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust in contract penalties has continued to fall at the start of this year.
PERFORMANCE: During December 84 per cent of stroke patients at Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust spent 90 per cent of their time on a stroke unit against a required standard of 80 per cent.
AWP reaches agreement in council tendering rowSubscription
COMMERCIAL: Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust has agreed to settle a legal action bought against North Somerset District Council over a recent tender exercise.
One of the two remaining contractors in the delay-hit National Programme for IT has agreed to reduce the value of its contract with the Department of Health by around £300m.
PCT staff to be designated 'affected by change'Subscription
A primary care trust cluster is to write to all 800 members of staff to inform them they are “affected by change”, HSJ has learned.
The former chief executive of the UK arm of health insurance company Aetna has been appointed to help develop a regional commissioning support service covering a 5.4 million population.
Ernst and Young brought in to support CSSSubscription
The Department of Health has drafted in consultancy Ernst and Young to develop a support programme for commissioning support leaders.