Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups have appointed a new joint accountable officer, a key appointment as it bids to move towards an integrated care system model.
A large clinical commissioning group – which is part of a proposed accountable care system – has been put back in financial special measures, less than a year after coming out of the regime.
Commissioners have abandoned plans to restrict access to hearing aids after a foundation trust warned they could be breaching their legal duties.
A foundation trust is warning commissioners they risk breaching their legal duties by rationing hearing aids.
COMMISSIONING: A “flawed” review of health services should be rejected in full rather than become part of sustainability and transformation plan for health and social care integration, according to the elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council.
A county council struggling to make £60m of savings in 2016-17 is planning to scrap funding for a joint discharge project with local NHS hospitals, it has emerged.
RECONFIGURATION: Bedford Hospital Trust should be stripped of major services including obstetrics and the majority of its emergency surgical care as part of a local service reconfiguration, a review has recommended.
COMMERCIAL: Milton Keynes Hospital Foundation Trust has been given university hospital status as part of plans to create the country’s first private medical school.
PRIMARY CARE: GPs in Milton Keynes will start an early detection of atrial fibrillation pilot this month by carrying out screening as part of the patient Health Check programme.
The chief clinical officer of Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group appears to have ruled out a radical reconfiguration proposal for its acute services that would downgrade Bedford Hospital to a GP led facility with no beds.
A reshaping of hospital services in the east of England could result in the accident and emergency departments of Bedford or Milton Keynes hospitals being downgraded, commissioners have announced.
STRUCTURE: : A Monitor-backed review of health services across Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes has pinpointed three key areas to be revamped across the two regions.
STRUCTURE: Monitor has launched a review of health services in Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes in an attempt to avert “significant problems ahead” at two hospitals.
PERFORMANCE: The number of people receiving mental health treatement under the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies scheme is off target in Milton Keynes.
PERFORMANCE: The number of serious incidents reported at Milton Keynes Hospital Foundation Trust has increased by 36 in 11 months compared to the previous year.
PERFORMANCE: A telephone line and email account could be set up for GPs in Milton Keynes to raise concerns on behalf of their patients.
FINANCE: A Milton Keynes CCG finance board paper warned of an over performance on the organisation’s acute service contracts of £10m in 2012-13.
FINANCE: A review of QIPP schemes for Milton Keynes CCG has identified a potential for £13.3m worth of savings.
FINANCE: Milton Keynes CCG is grappling with a £10m over-performance on acute services.
Commissioners have admitted a mistake was made in the awarding of a £60m community services contract after independent sector providers were excluded from the process.