Thousands of disabled children who need a wheelchair are still being forced to wait more than four months from the time of their referral to the equipment being delivered, an exclusive HSJ analysis of official data has revealed.
Clinical leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnerships are defying public health guidelines and refusing to commission flu antivirals, HSJ can reveal.
A clinical commissioning group has three months to decide if it will join the region’s strategic joint committee of CCGs.
Health leaders are in discussions over merging three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships to create the largest in the country, HSJ can reveal.
Commissioning leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnership footprints are considering creating a joint commissioning committee with delegated decision making powers.
Cancer diagnosis in accident and emergency departments are three times more likely in some parts of England than others, HSJ analysis reveals.
A commissioning support unit is to be turned into a community interest company owned by its CCG customers, according to the region’s sustainability and transformation plan.
Consolidating specialist hospital services on to two sites and creating a string of multispecialty community providers are key elements of the latest sustainability and transformation plan to be published.
PATIENT SAFETY: Care of mothers and babies is being put at risk due to bullying and a blame culture at a North East maternity unit, a report has warned.
Reports of “serious operational problems” at acute hospitals more than halved over the Christmas period compared to the previous year, according to national data.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
More than £2bn of acute service funding has moved away from locally agreed deals and onto the national payment by results tariff this year, an HSJ investigation has found.
PERFORMANCE: Darlington CCG has announced it is developing a primary care strategy, aimed at developing integrated care services around practices.
COMMERCIAL: CCGs in County Durham and Darlington are to examine their community services, as the end of their contract with the provider, County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust, approaches an end.
STRUCTURE: Two members of Darlington CCG’s governing body are stepping down, due to health reasons and retirement.
PERFORMANCE: St Martin’s Care Ltd has been fined after the Care Quality Commission found concerns at Willow Green Residential Care Home, Darlington, County Durham, had not been addressed.
HSJ Local Briefing is our in-depth analysis of key issues facing the NHS or major health economies. This week we examine the rollout of NHS 111, the non-emergency telephone number.
WORKFORCE: Four directors have been appointed to the NHS Commissioning Board’s Durham, Darlington & Tees Local Area Team.
WORKFORCE: Commissioners have agreed to fund pay protection for NHS Direct staff in the north east following a long running row over pay, terms and conditions.
The NHS in the North East has healthy finances but an unhealthy population. This briefing looks at how its new structure could overcome these problems.