NHS Dorset CCG

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Government interrogates prices to stymie £200m-plus drugs overspend

Government has begun intensively monitoring new information on the generic drug market to try to stymie additional costs which are running into hundreds of millions of pounds, HSJ has been told.

Dave west expert briefing

The Commissioner: New commissioners - an ACS leader

What NHS England isn’t telling you, and more indispensable insight for commissioners, by Dave West.

Poole hospital

Long awaited merger pushed to April 2019

Local NHS leaders have amended the estimated finish date of a long awaited merger in the South West, which they say will make it easier to achieve major service reconfiguration.

Angela Schofield

FT appoints former trust chief executive as chair

A former trust chief executive with more than 20 years’ NHS leadership experience has been appointed chair of a foundation trust.

Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Previously blocked trust merger could be complete in a year

A long awaited merger between two foundation trusts in a leading accountable care system could be completed within a year.

Poole hospital

A&E to be downgraded in major overhaul of hospital services

Commissioners have given the green light to an overhaul of NHS services in an accountable care system that will see two acute hospitals split into emergency and elective centres.

Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Finance director in leading 'ACS' switches from trust to CCG

A finance director has left his trust after 18 years to join a local clinical commissioning group with a budget of more than £1bn.

Acute services in Dorset are set to change following a review of clinical services.

Leading 'ACS' to ask competition regulator to overturn restrictions

Two foundation trusts whose merger was blocked by competition regulators in a landmark decision are planning to ask for restrictions to be removed or revised.

Dorset County Hospital

Whole STP buys shared care record in likely first

Dorset will become one of the first areas to deploy an STP-wide shared care record, after signing a deal with Orion Healthcare.


First nine 'accountable care systems' revealed

NHS England has announced the nine areas most likely to evolve into “accountable care systems”.

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Exclusive: Where mental health spending misses national target

Four sustainability and transformation plan regions have failed to raise mental health spending as mandated by national leaders, HSJ can reveal.

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Thousands of patients could be forced into care homes due to CCG cuts

Thousands of patients could be forced into residential care as a result of clinical commissioning groups restricting funding for care at home, data shared with HSJ reveals.

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NHS England gives £75m back to CCGs after tariff row

NHS England has agreed to soften the impact of changes to clinical commissioning group budgets next year by agreeing to add £75m back into their allocations, HSJ understands.

Budget cuts

CCGs complain to NHS England 'in strongest terms' over budget cuts

Local commissioners have raised concerns with NHS England about their allocations being reduced as a result of the new national payment tariff.

Royal Bournemouth Hospital

First consultation begins on STP proposals

The first formal consultation has begun on major service changes proposals put forward in a sustainability and transformation plan.

Poole hospital

Bournemouth and Poole reopen talks on blocked merger

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital FT have reopened merger talks less than three years after agreeing they would not attempt to merge again for a decade.

Will hazell expert briefing

Deep South: A trio of inspection reports

Weekly updates and essential insight into the NHS in the South West, by Will Hazell

Will hazell expert briefing

Deep South: The cost of Kernow

Weekly updates and essential insight into the NHS in the South West, by Will Hazell

Will hazell expert briefing

Deep South: White smoke from Dorset

Weekly updates and essential insight into the NHS in the South West, by Will Hazell