A major teaching trust has presented its commissioners with an unexpected £20m bill after discovering it has been inaccurately coding its activity “for a number of years”.
Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover
A collective of clinical commissioning groups in south London has appointed Sarah Blow as their new accountable officer.
Commissioning chiefs in south west London are proposing to share an accountable officer in a bid to streamline decision-making and cut costs.
Six south west London clinical commissioning groups have awarded an integrated urgent care contract - combining NHS 111 and out of hours services across several boroughs - to South London Doctors Urgent Care (SLDUC).
South West London NHS organisations have asked to join the ‘success regime’, the national programme of directive support for struggling health economies, but have been turned down.
PERFORMANCE: A London hospital trust that only gained foundation status in February has been threatened with leadership change following an investigation by Monitor.
Proposals to redesign London’s £93bn public services through wide ranging devolution from central government have been agreed by borough leaders and the city’s mayor.
WORKFORCE: St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust has started a round of mutually agreed resignations after its finances deteriorated sharply at the beginning of the year.
FINANCE: St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust is under investigation by Monitor because of a sudden deterioration in its finances.
STRUCTURE: A proposal to replace two district general hospitals with a single facility was revealed after consultants hired to investigate the move were overheard discussing it in a conference call on a train.
A clinical commissioner’s perspective
MENTAL HEALTH: New inpatient accommodation in Tooting and Kingston is the public’s preferred option for a £160m revamp of mental health services in South London.
WORKFORCE: Kingston Hospital has recruited 57 nurses from the Philippines during the last two months to work in emergency care, theatres and intensive care.
Clinical commissioning groups are considering swapping GPs with their neighbouring groups to safeguard against potential conflicts of interest in commissioning primary care.
Around a third of clinical commissioning groups are bidding to take over responsibility for performance management and budgets of their member GP practices from April, HSJ can reveal.
Six clinical commissioning groups in South West London have formally dismantled their Better Services Better Value programme designed to reconfigure acute services. However, they admit service change is still required.
A doctor accused of taking £100,000 from an out-of-hours GP service and being 125 miles away from sick patients while he was supposed to be on duty will be grilled by a new panel when his tribunal resumes on Wednesday.