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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.

Durham

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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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.

Durham

North East CCGs could take over CSU

STRUCTURE: Plans are being drawn up to turn the North East’s commissioning support unit into a company owned by its customer CCGs.

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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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Selbie to chair North East health devolution commission

Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie has been appointed chair of the North East’s commission for health and social care integration.

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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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Vanguards reveal transformation plans and barriers to change

The urgent and emergency care vanguards are overhauling 111 systems and moving activity out of hospital, but the constraints of finance and workforce shortages are a concern, HSJ has been told.

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

'Conflict of interest' claim over mental health contract

COMMERICAL: A Yorkshire trust has complained to Monitor about a tender process which resulted in the loss of a £190m mental health contract.

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Exclusive: CCGs choose not to use power to ditch QOF

There is a little appetite among clinical commissioning groups to move their member practices off the national GP pay for performance framework, despite recently being given powers to do so, HSJ has found.

North Tees and Hartlepool FT

Trust delays new hospital decision after forced land sale

STRUCTURE: A foundation trust that shelved plans to build a new hospital until after the election has given itself a six month deadline to decide whether to abandon the project, its chief executive has told HSJ.

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust

Monitor to investigate finances at four northern FTs

FINANCE: Monitor has launched unrelated investigations into the finances at four foundation trusts in the north of England.

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CCGs taking on full primary care co-commissioning powers revealed

NHS England has revealed the 64 clinical commissioning groups that will take full control of their local primary care budgets from April.

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PF2 approvals process 'not fit for purpose', hospital chief warns

COMMERCIAL: The Treasury’s approval process for the private finance 2 programme has been criticised by a hospital chief executive whose trust was forced to halt plans to build a new hospital.

Foundation trust 'pauses' development of new hospital

STRCUTURE: North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust has shelved a plan to build a new hospital until after the next general election.

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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.