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High covid vaccine uptake in nearly all CCGs

There has been very high uptake of the covid vaccine among those aged 70 and over in nearly all parts of England, new figures from NHS England suggest.

Digital innovation

Improving the quality of the outpatient referral process

Some areas report that giving GPs improved ability to seek advice from specialists is in turn improving the outpatient referral process.

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HSJ’s most read technology stories of 2020

With 2020 down to its final days, it’s time to take a look back at HSJ’s most read technology stories of the year.

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What should the future of outpatient care look like?

A recent HSJ webinar supported by Vantage Health heard that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to creating a new model of outpatient care

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Region will have just five CCGs by April

The capital is set to have just five clinical commissioning groups by April, after hold-out GPs in one north west London CCG belatedly sanctioned the merger on their patch.

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Babylon claims unfair treatment after ‘unique’ funding bid rejected

Digital GP provider Babylon Health has hit out at what it says is unfair treatment and an NHS “system problem” which is blocking innovation, after commissioners rejected its latest bid for costs reimbursement.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: Mental Health Service Redesign Initiative

Covering the populations of Cheshire East and Vale Royal (7,000 people accessing specialist mental health services), this redesign is centred on service users, providers and commissioners working together to transform services for people severely affected by mental health problems, to improve:

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‘Abysmal’ communication blamed for variations in self-isolation list

A rushed and confused process has resulted in huge variation in the national list of extremely vulnerable people advised to self-isolate from coronavirus, HSJ has found.

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Private provider takes CCGs to court over contract decision

Five clinical commissioning groups have been accused of acting unlawfully in their decision to award a contract for community diagnostic services to a new private provider last year.

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Babylon Birmingham expansion approved but Manchester plans blocked

Babylon GP at Hand was given the green light today to expand in Birmingham after a cap on the number of patients who can register to the service was lifted.

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Babylon GP at Hand announces Manchester expansion plans

Babylon GP at Hand has announced plans to expand its video consultation service to Manchester at the beginning of next year.

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Manager wrongly sacked amid theft row, tribunal heard

A GP unfairly dismissed her practice manager, a tribunal has found, after the manager and her mother gave themselves large unauthorised pay rises.

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NHS England sets playing field for digital GP providers

Digital-first GP providers will have to set up a clinic in most localities where they have patients, and will be denied entry to areas which already have enough doctors, under new rules adopted by NHS England.

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Revealed: The CCGs where cancer referral is slowest

One London borough has nearly double the national average rate on an indicator that general practice is missing the early signs of cancer.

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Exclusive: NHSE plans ‘unworkable’, says Babylon

Proposed rule changes to the provision of video GP appointments would have “unworkable practical and administrative implications” on digital primary care services, Babylon GP at Hand has said.

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Babylon given the green light to expand in Birmingham

A cap on the number of patients that can register at Babylon GP at Hand’s new Birmingham service will be lifted next month, providing certain criteria are met, after commissioners backed the move this afternoon.

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London Eye: No learning, no remorse?

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.

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Revealed: Nearly half of CCGs planning mergers for 2020

Nearly half of clinical commissioning groups are proposing to merge next year in what would be the biggest cull of NHS organisations for more than a decade, HSJ can reveal.

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London Eye: Another joint chair for London?

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.

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Exclusive: NHS money at risk as firm winds up subsidiary and changes name

NHS hospitals, GP practices and commissioners could lose £4m after a firm providing NHS dermatology services was put into liquidation, according to documents obtained by HSJ.