NHS Improvement’s top efficiency team has been asked by commissioners in London to tackle clinical variation in general practice, HSJ has learned.
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.
Commissioners in London are asking NHS England for extra funding to cover rising costs associated with the controversial digital practice GP at Hand.
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.
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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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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Six directors have left or not reapplied for their jobs at a troubled clinical commissioning group collaboration, HSJ can reveal.
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.
NHS Improvement’s board has halted a £500m reconfiguration programme in north west London after concerns about activity projections.
HSJ’s analysis of Care Quality Commissioning ratings of GP surgeries shows that east London is underperforming against the rest of the capital.
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.
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.
STRUCTURE: Three trusts in north west London have decided to consolidate their pathology services in a bid to save money.
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.
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.
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.