NHS North West Surrey CCG

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Commissioners settle with Virgin following contract dispute

A legal dispute between Virgin Care and six Surrey clinical commissioning groups has been resolved – with an apparent payment by the NHS to the company.

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Major new NHS devolution deal revealed

A health and social care devolution style deal is being put in place in Surrey, it has been announced – the second after Greater Manchester.

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Virgin Care submits inaccurate data for children's wheelchair waits

Waiting times for children in need of a wheelchair have been inaccurately reported by Virgin Care.

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GP quality: The best and worst areas in the South

East Berkshire and bordering areas in Hampshire and Surrey have the majority of worst rated GP surgeries in the South, exclusive HSJ analysis has shown.

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Thousands of disabled people forced to wait months for wheelchairs

One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.

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'Special measures' CCG group hires STP lead as joint chief officer

Three clinical commissioning groups – two of which are in financial special measures – have recruited a joint chief officer for the first time.

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HSJ Awards 2016 shortlist unveiled

We have today revealed the shortlist for the 2016 HSJ Awards.

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Exclusive: London STP considers cutting number of acute sites to three

The draft sustainability and transformation plan for southwest London reveals that leaders are considering cutting the number of acute sites in the patch from five to four or three.

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Community services face shake-up as CCGs go solo

RECONFIGURATION: Adult community services in Surrey face a shake-up next year with clinical commissioning groups choosing to work alone rather than commissioning across the county.

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Health on the back burner in southern devolution bid

Complex integration left to later stage by Surrey, East and West Sussex

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FTs agree to push ahead with merger

STRUCTURE: Two Surrey trusts could merge as early as the summer after their boards decided to press ahead with revised plans.

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Investigation: ‘Unwarranted and unfair’ disparity in elective surgery revealed

Wide variations in elective surgery rates among the most affluent and deprived areas in England raise serious questions about the use of NHS resources, a leading public health expert has warned.

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Surrey FTs merger gets green light from competition authority

STRUCTURE: The proposed merger between two Surrey foundation trusts has been given the go ahead by the Competition and Markets Authority.

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Surrey merger 'provisionally cleared' by CMA

The proposed merger between Royal Surrey County Hospital Foundation Trust and Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Foundation Trust has been ‘provisionally cleared’ by the Competition and Markets Authority.

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Revamped Surrey ward to open this autumn

STRUCTURE: Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust expects the redevelopment of inpatient facility Farnham Road Hospital in Guildford to be completed in June and to have patients by November.

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Monitor appoints oversight director at Peterborough and Stamford FT

PERFORMANCE: Monitor has appointed an oversight director at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust after it “consistently failed” to meet the four hour accident and emergency target.

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Aspirant FTs could have option to become a mutual

NHS trusts could in future choose between becoming a foundation trust or an independent mutually owned company as the provider sector becomes increasingly ‘fluid and uncertain’, HSJ has been told.

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Virgin clinic probed over 'large number' of waiting time breaches

PERFORMANCE: A Surrey breast screening centre run by Virgin Care Services is being investigated following a ‘large number’ of waiting times breaches.

Private providers turn away trust's elective referrals

PERFORMANCE: Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Foundation Trust is struggling to clear a backlog of patients waiting for planned treatment because private providers are turning away more than expected, the trust has said.

Concern over stroke admissions at Surrey trust

PERFORMANCE: South east commissioners have issued a critical assessment of stroke services at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Foundation Trust as it seeks to establish a round the clock unit for acute patients.