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Five CCGs forced to make £50m savings

Five clinical commissioning groups in Sussex have to save £50m in the next nine months to achieve an agreed £65m deficit – and to gain access to sustainability funding.

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CCGs face losing millions after contract collapse

Seven clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are trying to recover £7.4m from a collapsed private provider but could face a counter-claim from administrators, HSJ has learned.

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Trusts in talks to guarantee payment after 'paperless' switch

Trusts are having to negotiate local deals to ensure they still get paid for outpatient referrals after the NHS switches from paper to electronic referrals later this year.

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Single accountable officer to lead six CCGs

Six clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are to share an accountable officer from next week – at the request of NHS England.

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New CCG alliance brings in consultants to review governance

Four clinical commissioning groups that formed an alliance at the start of the year have hired PwC to carry out a review of their governance.

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Regulator criticises 'passive and unwieldy' STP

A sustainability and transformation partnership had “not begun to function effectively” when the Care Quality Commission carried out a local system review at the end of 2017.

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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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CCGs handed legal directions after deficits slide

Two clinical commissioning groups in Sussex have been given legal directions after their forecast deficits increased by millions of pounds after just seven months of the financial year.

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CCGs to share leader in move towards 'alliance'

Four clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are to share a single accountable officer as they start working as a “commissioning alliance”.

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CCG leaders step down amid NHS England investigation

Two senior clinical commissioning group leaders have stepped down, and the CCG is being investigated by NHS England, it has emerged.

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Exclusive: GP groups cover most of England but ‘lack ambition and priorities’

Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.

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Mouth care to become mandatory as part of nurse training

WORKFORCE: Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust plans to make mouth care training mandatory as part of its certified training for all nurses.

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NHS England resolves £50m dispute with CCGs

NHS England has settled a dispute with clinical commissioning groups in the south of England over its proposal to transfer £50m from their budgets to its own specialised commissioners.

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Exclusive: CCGs criticise NHS England co-commissioning 'confusion'

The leaders of six clinical commissioning groups have written to NHS England criticising “apparent confusion and lack of clarity” in its proposals for primary care co-commissioning, HSJ can reveal.

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Mental health hospital stops accepting new patients following CQC concerns

A mental health hospital in Sussex has stopped accepting new routine patients following concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission during a recent inspection

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NHS England struggling to balance £97bn budget

NHS England this week confirmed it had still not managed to set plans to balance its £97bn budget for 2014-15, in what experts saw as a sign that the NHS overall could face financial crisis sooner than expected.

Consortium wins £210m MSK contract

FINANCE: A four-strong consortium of Sussex providers has scooped a five-year musculoskeletal contract worth £210m.

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HSJ Live 21.03.2014: CQC trialling appeals process for quality ratings

CQC trialling a new appeals process that will allow providers to challenge their rating, plus the rest of today’s news and comment

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Two CSUs announce formal merger

STRUCTURE: Two commissioning support units have announced they are entering into a formal merger.

Sussex-based accountants target GPs

COMMERCIAL: Sussex-based chartered accountants and tax advisers, Carpenter Box LLP, has launched a new team specialising in the healthcare sector.