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NHS Improvement team to examine variation among GPs

NHS Improvement’s top efficiency team has been asked by commissioners in London to tackle clinical variation in general practice, HSJ has learned.

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CCGs clash over GP at Hand patients

Commissioners in south London have complained to counterparts in the north west of the city about GP at Hand – claiming patients who switch to the online service are not clearly told they could lose access to their existing GP.

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Hosting GP at Hand may cost CCG more than £10m

Commissioners in London are asking NHS England for extra funding to cover rising costs associated with the controversial digital practice GP at Hand.

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GPs block pilot of new Babylon service

A clinical commissioning group has dropped a plan to pilot an asthma service with the controversial online primary care company Babylon Health, after opposition from its GPs.

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NHS 'must be ready to evolve', says NHS England digital chief

NHS England’s digital chief says the primary care payments model may need to “evolve” to accommodate new digital patient services such as the controversial GP at Hand.

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London Eye: Elton John weighs in on public health funding

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy

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London Eye: Capital's cancer turnaround

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy.

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Babylon GP service was scaled back after NHS England objection

Babylon sought to expand its GP practice chain further across London and to Manchester and Birmingham last year, but scaled back the plans after NHS England “issued a formal objection”, it has emerged.

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London Eye: Getting on with the day job

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

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Senior leaders depart troubled CCG cluster

Six directors have left or not reapplied for their jobs at a troubled clinical commissioning group collaboration, HSJ can reveal.

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CCGs spend millions on consultancy for stalled reconfiguration

Commissioners in north west London spent £36m on consultancy firms over the last four financial years – including millions on service redesign recently stalled by NHS Improvement.

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NHS Improvement knocks back multimillion pound reconfiguration

NHS Improvement’s board has halted a £500m reconfiguration programme in north west London after concerns about activity projections.

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GP quality - London: CQC ratings confirm challenge in East London

HSJ’s analysis of Care Quality Commissioning ratings of GP surgeries shows that east London is underperforming against the rest of the capital.

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Exclusive: STP to press on with controversial London hospital changes

A late draft of North West London’s sustainability and transformation plan, seen by HSJ, says the patch will press on with moves to reduce the number of sites providing acute services.

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Seven councils reject STP submissions

Local authorities in London and Yorkshire have said they cannot sign up to their areas’ sustainability and transformation plans due to concerns about hospital reconfiguration and transparency.

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London Eye: Baby STPs

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

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London trusts seek major savings through pathology consolidation

STRUCTURE: Three trusts in north west London have decided to consolidate their pathology services in a bid to save money.

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Analysis: CCGs with biggest increases and decreases in GP access

HSJ analysis has identified the clinical commissioning groups with greatest improvements and biggest declines in patient access to GP services over the last three years, following the annual GP patient survey.

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North west London retains IVF restriction policy

FINANCE: Clinical commissioning groups in north west London have decided to retain their IVF restriction policy, so treatment will only be funded for couples who do not already have children, or children from a previous relationship.

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Exclusive: Vanguard GP ‘super partnership’ in talks to expand across England

One of the country’s leading large scale GP providers – which is also a new care model vanguard – is in talks to expand to other locations across England, HSJ has learned.