NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG

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Major reconfiguration given green light by commissioners

Mid and South Essex commissioners have approved a controversial acute reorganisation, which will involve major changes to where and how emergency, specialist and elective services across the patch.

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Success regime records huge delayed discharges cut

Mid and South Essex sustainability and transformation partnership, a success regime area which covers one of England’s most pressured health economies, cut its delayed discharges by two thirds in a year, its chair has revealed.

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Concerns raised over stroke reconfiguration transfer plans

Senior clinicians and local campaigners have raised safety concerns over plans for a major reconfiguration of stroke services in Essex.

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Controversial ‘CareBnB’ firm returns to launch new trial

The company developing a controversial “Airbnb for social care” model allowing homeowners to rent spare rooms to recuperating hospital patients is bidding to launch a new trial in Cambridge.

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Revealed: More older people waiting in pain for urgent hip operations

More older patients are waiting too long in hospital before treatment for painful and crippling hip fractures, new data reveals, potentially undermining “compassion and dignity” for patients.

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Analysis: The areas struggling most with cancer targets

Cancer patients in three counties are at greater risk of death than elsewhere in the country because of slow referrals and late diagnosis, official data reveals.

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CCG chairs abstain from crunch reconfiguration vote

Three out of the five clinical commissioning group chairs in mid and south Essex abstained from a vote over publishing a consultation on plans to reconfigure local hospital services, HSJ has learned.

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Revealed: 'NHS Airbnb' could have launched as early as December

Plans to pilot a controversial care model with private households renting spare rooms to NHS patients post discharge could have gone live from as early as December and are not dead in the water, HSJ understands.

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Success regime CCGs appoint single chief

The five clinical commissioning groups in the mid and south Essex success regime area have appointed a single lead accountable officer.

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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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Local leaders row back on A&E downgrade plans

NHS leaders in Essex have dropped plans for a “blanket” redirection of all blue light ambulances from two of the area’s hospitals to Basildon following a backlash from residents and clinicians.

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Election candidate calls for minor injuries unit closure and land sale

A Conservative election candidate in Essex has said local NHS organisations should close a minor injuries unit and sell the land, on the proviso alternative services are put in place first.

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Cancer services hit by raft of senior resignations

A general hospital’s oncology department has been hit by three senior resignations which have halved its consultant resource – creating “significant risk and [exposing] the fragility of the service model”.

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Hospital group launches review over 'higher than expected' mortality

Three Essex acute trusts establishing a new “group” model to run their hospitals have launched a mortality review in a bid to address “higher than expected” ratios and “sustained” rises across its sites, HSJ has learned.

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New merger trust sets out five year savings plan

Essex’s new mental health provider trust must deliver £43m of savings over the next five years to hit its business plan agreed with regulators, the trust’s interim chief executive has told HSJ.

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NHS England orders CCGs to join forces in 'success regime' area

NHS England has formally intervened in one of the three success regime areas, ordering its clinical commissioning groups to pool functions and create a single plan.

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Trust merger confirmed to go live next month

South Essex Partnership University and North Essex Partnership University foundation trusts have had their long awaited merger approved.

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Merger trusts set course for 'significant' service changes

Two Essex mental health trusts set to merge in April are planning a “significant” service reconfiguration, a report by the trusts revealed.

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Revealed: Significant variation in A&E cancer diagnoses across England

Cancer diagnosis in accident and emergency departments are three times more likely in some parts of England than others, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Success regime will not solve region's problems, warn senior medics

Plans for a major acute reorganisation in Essex will not address its financial and workforce sustainability problems and provide “relatively little change to current provision”, senior clinicians have warned.