NHS Stoke on Trent CCG

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Troubled commissioners reveal £34m financial hole

Commissioning leaders in northern Staffordshire have admitted they will miss their financial plans by more than £30m in 2018-19.

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Government ranks areas on health and social care joint working

A league table rating performance on patient flow between the boundaries of health and social care has been published, as the Care Quality Commission announces it will continue local area reviews ahead of possible inspections of council commissioning.

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Solicitor general backs CCG bid for new inquest after HSJ exposé

The attorney general’s office has backed a bid for a new inquest into the death of a three-year-old boy at Stafford Hospital following an alleged “cover up”.

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Revealed: Millions of patients denied access to extended GP hours

More than five million patients have no access to extended GP opening hours with new NHS England data showing those CCGs which are furthest away from meeting national deadline.

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NHS Improvement rejects trust's bid for extra beds funding

A trust with a bed deficit of more than 100 has had its bid for funding to open more beds rejected by NHS Improvement, HSJ has learned.

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Trust extends winter pressures plan until summer

A trust with one of the worst-performing emergency departments in the country is planning to keep its extra winter capacity open until the summer, HSJ can reveal.

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Bid for new inquest after child death 'cover up'

The attorney general is considering granting a second inquest into the death of a three year old boy who died at Stafford Hospital after three independent experts have backed his parents and cast doubt on the original investigation.

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Significant savings from mental and physical health integration pioneers

Providing talking therapies to patients with long term conditions saved nearly £200,000 for physical health services in one trailblazing site, data shared exclusively with HSJ shows.

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City's care system puts older people 'at significant risk'

The health and wellbeing of older people in Stoke-on-Trent is being put at “significant risk” by poor joint working between the council and clinical commissioning group, the Care Quality Commission has found.

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CCGs appoint joint accountable officer to cover entire county

The six clinical commissioning groups covering Staffordshire have appointed a single accountable officer.

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Exclusive: GPs back CCG shake up despite 'no confidence' vote

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.

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GPs oppose 'huge and unwieldy' STP plans

GPs in North Staffordshire have said they want to see a new multispecialty community provider set up for the region instead of the larger organisation covering the whole county outlined in its sustainability and transformation partnership.

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CCGs abandon £535m flagship prime provider contract

A tender worth half a billion pounds for end of life care services in Staffordshire has been abandoned due to the development of the area’s STP and difficulties, satisfying the new national scrutiny process, HSJ has learned.

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CCG leader appointed director of troubled STP

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.

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Trusts need millions in extra funding for Mid Staffs dissolution

Trust leaders in the Midlands are seeking millions of pounds in extra financial support linked to the dissolution of Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, HSJ has learned.

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Police arrest man on suspicion of arson at hospital

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life following a fire at a major NHS hospital.

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Patients evacuated in beds last night after hospital fire

Patients were evacuated from a hospital in their beds last night after a fire broke out in the main hospital building of University Hospital of North Midlands Trust in Staffordshire.

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Flagship £690m cancer procurement abandoned over financial fears

A controversial tender for cancer services in Staffordshire worth £687m has been abandoned after a consortium led by a private provider failed to convince commissioners its offer was financially viable.

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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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230 patients wait over 12 hours in A&E amid beds dispute

More than 230 patients waited on trolleys for more than 12 hours in one trust’s A&E department during a single month.