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Uncontrolled costs and misplaced optimism sank deficit trust

A teaching hospital that ran up a deficit of more than £100m overstated the income it hoped to receive while significantly increasing staff numbers, a report has revealed.

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Eight trusts tender £2bn pathology contract amid network shake-up

An NHS pathology contract worth more than £2bn has been put on the market with the aim of linking eight trusts’ laboratory services.

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Revealed: Babylon’s national expansion push

Digital health company Babylon Healthcare has contacted more than a dozen clinical commissioning groups as it pushes for expansion across the country, including extending its NHS GP partnership to two new cities.

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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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London Eye: Elton John weighs in on public health funding

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy

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Revealed: Plans for 'new towns' on hospital sites

Two large scale developments on hospital sites in south London are being considered, documents obtained by HSJ reveal.

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New leader named for five CCGs and STP

A cluster of five London clinical commissioning groups has appointed a single accountable officer.

King's College Hospital, Golden Jubile Wing

Exclusive: Shelford Group trust risks £96m deficit

A Shelford Group trust has revealed a £31.8m deterioration in its financial position after carrying out a re-forecast ordered by NHS Improvement.

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CCGs in legal directions lose commissioning responsibilities

Five clinical commissioning groups have been given legal directions by NHS England this month – two of which have been ordered to stop commissioning all acute services.

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STP dilutes plan to centralise elective work

An STP in the capital has dropped plans to centralise elective orthopaedic work at two sites.

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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: CCGs warn over 'insufficient' funding for fetal medicine

Clinical commissioning groups in London have said funding for fetal medicine services is “insufficient”, and warn that unless current arrangements are improved it could “impact on equitable provision”.

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London Eye: Baby STPs

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

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Exclusive: Frontrunners for elective centres revealed

Commissioners have revealed the frontrunners to host elective centres in south east London.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: What the consultants are doing

What is going on in England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover

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'Good' GP service suspended by CQC over safety

PRIMARY CARE: Services by a GP practice in south London have been suspended over patient safety concerns despite it being rated good by the Care Quality Commission last year.

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South east London CCGs consider centralising electives

FINANCE: Clinical commissioning groups in south east London are working on a plan that could see elective orthopaedic work concentrated on two sites.

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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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Leading London trust told to improve by CQC

PERFORMANCE: King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust has been rated ‘requires improvement’ after the Care Quality Commission found overcrowding in emergency departments and patients waiting for long periods.

King's College Hospital, Golden Jubile Wing

FT finance: Biggest spenders on private healthcare

Foundation trusts spent more than £475m on sending patients to private and third sector providers in 2014-15 - a 43 per cent increase on the figure two years ago.