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Dementia UK

Commissioners investigate variations in dementia diagnosis

Variation in dementia diagnosis rates across England has fallen, but a senior GP has told HSJ such targets risked being too “simplistic” and the focus should shift to ensuring patients are supported post-diagnosis.

Royal courts of justice

NHS wins landmark legal battle against drug companies

The NHS has today won a landmark legal battle against two international pharmaceutical giants which could save the health service hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

Durham

GP to head new cross-CCG leadership team

A GP has been appointed to lead a joint management team across five north east clinical commissioning groups.

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Exclusive: CCGs across region refuse to commission flu antivirals

Clinical leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnerships are defying public health guidelines and refusing to commission flu antivirals, HSJ can reveal.

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CCG given ultimatum to join regional committee

A clinical commissioning group has three months to decide if it will join the region’s strategic joint committee of CCGs.

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Exclusive: Merger talks to create largest STP in the country

Health leaders are in discussions over merging three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships to create the largest in the country, HSJ can reveal.

Durham

Twelve CCGs propose joint decision making across three STPs

Commissioning leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnership footprints are considering creating a joint commissioning committee with delegated decision making powers.

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Commissioners to take over leading CSU

A commissioning support unit is to be turned into a community interest company owned by its CCG customers, according to the region’s sustainability and transformation plan.

James Cook University hospital

Latest STP published reveals hospital reconfiguration

Consolidating specialist hospital services on to two sites and creating a string of multispecialty community providers are key elements of the latest sustainability and transformation plan to be published.

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

'Conflict of interest' claim over mental health contract

COMMERICAL: A Yorkshire trust has complained to Monitor about a tender process which resulted in the loss of a £190m mental health contract.

James Cook University hospital

South Tees hit by regulatory double whammy

PEFORMANCE: South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust been rated ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission.

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Residents moved from care home by commissioners

QUALITY: Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group has moved some residents from Admiral Court Care Home in Hartlepool because their nursing needs were not being met there.

Treasury

PF2 approvals process 'not fit for purpose', hospital chief warns

COMMERCIAL: The Treasury’s approval process for the private finance 2 programme has been criticised by a hospital chief executive whose trust was forced to halt plans to build a new hospital.

Foundation trust 'pauses' development of new hospital

STRCUTURE: North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust has shelved a plan to build a new hospital until after the next general election.

Northern CCGs form collaborative

STRUCTURE: Clinical commissioning groups in the North East and Cumbria have formed a collaborative group for joint contracting, system leadership and sharing expertise.

Hartlepool begins consultation on critical care shake-up

STRUCTURE: A public consultation on the centralisation of critical care and emergency medicine services at the University Hospital of North Tees has begun.

North East GPs 'prescribe paracetamol at more than twice expected rate'

FINANCE: GPs in seven North East primary care trusts are prescribing paracetamol at twice the expected rate and could save the NHS an estimated £2.5m a year by their bringing reducing to the national average, the healthcare analysis firm CHKS has said.

Four directors appointed to Durham, Darlington & Tees LAT

WORKFORCE: Four directors have been appointed to the NHS Commissioning Board’s Durham, Darlington & Tees Local Area Team.

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Analysed: The reorganisation of commissioning in the North East

The NHS in the North East has healthy finances but an unhealthy population. This briefing looks at how its new structure could overcome these problems.

Tees Valley mulls 'shared public health service'

STRUCTURE: Teesside is considering creating a shared public health service for the Tees Valley.