NHS England has agreed to investigate concerns raised by an MP about a clinical commissioning group’s procurement of children’s autism services following a request from the health and social care secretary.
Serious safety concerns over a children’s autism service went unaddressed for at least two years, despite an admission from commissioners that the services were “not fit for purpose”.
GPs have voted against proposals to merge six clinical commissioning groups in Staffordshire, after being told the plans were “driven by NHS England”, HSJ has learned.
A mental health trust is to take over a contract for children’s autism services following a dispute between a private provider and local commissioners.
Children with autism have been left in limbo after a private provider withdrew the majority of its services amid a dispute with commissioners.
An acute trust in special measures has claimed the national financial regime for NHS trusts has resulted in £19m of extra costs and lost income.
Commissioning leaders in northern Staffordshire have admitted they will miss their financial plans by more than £30m in 2018-19.
The proportion of clinical commissioning groups whose mental health spending will fall in cash terms is predicted to double this year to one in 10, HSJ can reveal.
The six clinical commissioning groups covering Staffordshire have appointed a single accountable officer.
Commissioners in Staffordshire have received endorsement from members for their plans to appoint a single accountable officer, despite GPs previously submitting a vote of no confidence in the CCGs.
A commissioning leader from the North West has been appointed as director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent sustainability and transformation partnership, HSJ has learned.
An accident and emergency department will close in Staffordshire along with 100 community hospital beds, according to the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent sustainability and transformation plan.
The leader of Staffordshire’s sustainability and transformation plan has resigned ahead of the five year strategy being published.
Four of the five most overspent clinical commissioning groups so far in 2016-17 are in the West Midlands, but most still expect to recover their positions by March.
Clinical commissioning groups in south Staffordshire are considering a clampdown on community pharmacies ordering prescriptions on behalf of their patients, following a spike in spending on prescription items.
The Royal Wolverhampton Trust will take over the running of three GP practices from April as part of a pilot scheme to integrate primary and secondary care in the West Midlands city.
COMMERCIAL: The country’s largest GP federation has changed its constitution to become a community interest company.
STRUCTURE: The chief officer of a trio of clinical commissioning groups in Staffordshire has said that by the middle of the year they could merge virtually all of their functions.
The largest outcomes based contracting tender exercise in the country has been paused in response to the collapse of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s £800m contract for older people’s care.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.