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'Alarming' figures show thousands still waiting too long for wheelchairs

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.

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Exclusive: CCGs across region refuse to commission flu antivirals

Clinical leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnerships are defying public health guidelines and refusing to commission flu antivirals, HSJ can reveal.

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CCG given ultimatum to join regional committee

A clinical commissioning group has three months to decide if it will join the region’s strategic joint committee of CCGs.

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Exclusive: Merger talks to create largest STP in the country

Health leaders are in discussions over merging three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships to create the largest in the country, HSJ can reveal.

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Twelve CCGs propose joint decision making across three STPs

Commissioning leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnership footprints are considering creating a joint commissioning committee with delegated decision making powers.

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Revealed: Significant variation in A&E cancer diagnoses across England

Cancer diagnosis in accident and emergency departments are three times more likely in some parts of England than others, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Commissioners to take over leading CSU

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.

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Latest STP published reveals hospital reconfiguration

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.

Darlington Memorial Hospital

'Bullying and blame culture' poses risk to patients at maternity unit

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.

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‘Good Christmas’ for NHS hospitals but some trusts still struggle

Reports of “serious operational problems” at acute hospitals more than halved over the Christmas period compared to the previous year, according to national data.

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Exclusive: GP groups cover most of England but ‘lack ambition and priorities’

Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.

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Revealed: the £2bn switch back to payment by results

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.

Primary care strategy in development by Darlington CCG

PERFORMANCE: Darlington CCG has announced it is developing a primary care strategy, aimed at developing integrated care services around practices.

Durham and Darlington CCGs examine community services ahead of contract break

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.

Two Darlington CCG governing body members step down

STRUCTURE: Two members of Darlington CCG’s governing body are stepping down, due to health reasons and retirement.

Darlington care provider fined £4,000

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.

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ANALYSED: The rollout of NHS 111

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.

Four directors appointed to Durham, Darlington & Tees LAT

WORKFORCE: Four directors have been appointed to the NHS Commissioning Board’s Durham, Darlington & Tees Local Area Team.

North East NHS Direct staff get pay protection

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.

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Analysed: The reorganisation of commissioning in the North East

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.