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Private supplier drops NHS contract with just five days’ notice

A troubled private company has terminated a contract to provide dermatology services two months early and at very short notice, HSJ has learned.

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The CCGs with the most procurement challenges revealed

HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black. This week by correspondent Nick Carding.

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Beleaguered trust’s chief steps down after less than a year

The chief executive of inadequate-rated Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust is stepping down after less than a year in charge, the trust has announced.

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CCG accused of using 'flawed' test to cut spending on elderly

A clinical commissioning group has been accused of blocking potentially eligible patients from receiving continuing healthcare funding under a programme supported by NHS England.

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Challenged trust lines up interim chief

East of England Ambulance Service Trust has lined up an interim chief executive following the resignation of Robert Morton last month, HSJ understands.

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Hospital hit A&E target by 'making staff bothered', says CEO

Making staff “bothered” about the four hour metric and recognising it was a “quality standard not a performance target” was the main driver behind a struggling hospital’s accident and emergency performance recovery, a senior trust chief has told HSJ.

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Exclusive: Trust considers drafting in military and using volunteer ambulance drivers

An embattled ambulance trust has floated the unprecedented move of asking volunteers to drive ambulances, HSJ can reveal.

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Hospitals merger goes live

Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust and Ipswich Hospital Trust have completed their merger to create East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust.

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Safety delays trust rated ‘requires improvement’

East of England Ambulance Service Trust has been rated requires improvement by the Care Quality Commission, which raised concerns about a “lack of leadership”, “low staff morale”, and an “unsustainable” strategy in key areas.

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Exclusive: Stroke patient who died waited 19 hours for ambulance, leak reveals

A 91-year-old stroke patient who waited nearly 19 hours for an ambulance in the East of England was among 22 cases investigated by an external review which found no one died “as a direct consequence” of long delays, HSJ has learned.

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Empowering dementia patients and their carers

Alison Moore reports on an award winning dementia care service that’s helping to keep people out of crisis.

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Three CCGs plan to consolidate across county boundary

Three clinical commissioning groups in Essex and Suffolk have set out plans to form a “single strategic commissioning body” across county boundaries as part of local plans to establish an integrated care system

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Extra costs for CCGs after NHS England pauses procurement

Commissioners in two counties have incurred extra costs after NHS England delayed their procurement for an NHS 111 and out of hours GP service.

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Hospital trusts set out merger plans

Struggling Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust and neighbouring Ipswich Hospital Trust are likely next week to approve plans to merge.

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NHS England relaxes position on clinicians' use of WhatsApp

NHS England has shifted its position on the use of WhatsApp by staff in the NHS.

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STP to appoint new chair

The Suffolk and north east Essex sustainability and transformation plan footprint is searching for an independent chair with just days to go until the submission deadline for the high profile plans, HSJ has learned.

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Special measures trust’s problems 'worse than I thought', says new chief

PERFORMANCE: The scale of problems at troubled Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust is even “worse than I thought”, the trust’s new chief executive has told HSJ.

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More South East CCGs plan cuts to IVF services

COMMISSIONING: Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups have announced plans to cut NHS funded IVF services.

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Exclusive: 14 practices on course to form ‘single partnership’

Fourteen practices in Suffolk are close to agreeing to form a “single partnership” covering 155,000 patients, HSJ understands.