NHS Merton CCG

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'Alarming' figures show thousands still waiting too long for wheelchairs

Thousands of disabled children who need a wheelchair are still being forced to wait more than four months from the time of their referral to the equipment being delivered, an exclusive HSJ analysis of official data has revealed.

St George’s Hospital

Patients suffer 'severe harm' after waiting list failures

Fifteen patients have come to severe harm after a London trust with long standing record keeping problems lost track of their appointments.

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Commissioners get unexpected £20m bill after trust coding flaw

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”.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: Zone four and beyond

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

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Joint chief appointed to run five CCGs

A collective of clinical commissioning groups in south London has appointed Sarah Blow as their new accountable officer.

Kingston upon Thames

London CCGs to share 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.

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: Baby STPs

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

London CCGs award urgent primary care contract

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).

Ben clover expert briefing

London Eye: A&E

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

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South West London refused entry to 'success regime'

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.

St George’s Hospital

Monitor could remove directors at financially stricken FT

PERFORMANCE: A London hospital trust that only gained foundation status in February has been threatened with leadership change following an investigation by Monitor.

Boris Johnson

London's devolution demands revealed

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.

St George’s Hospital

Trust with £17m deficit launches resignation scheme

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.

St George’s Hospital

New FT probed by Monitor after finances plummet

FINANCE: St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust is under investigation by Monitor because of a sudden deterioration in its finances.

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt opposes accidentally leaked hospital reconfiguration proposal

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.

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Mental health trust preferred for £160m revamp

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.

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Fifty-seven Filipino nurses to join Kingston Hospital

WORKFORCE: Kingston Hospital has recruited 57 nurses from the Philippines during the last two months to work in emergency care, theatres and intensive care.

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CCGs consider swapping GPs to avoid conflict of interest

Clinical commissioning groups are considering swapping GPs with their neighbouring groups to safeguard against potential conflicts of interest in commissioning primary care.

Walk in centre

Updated: Third of CCGs apply for full co-commissioning powers over GP members

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.