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Justice

Judge criticises CCGs for spending public money on 'expensive lawyers'

A judge has criticised two clinical commissioning groups for spending public money on “expensive lawyers” in a ruling on funding of care for patients registered in another area.

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National learning disabilities programme 'leading to unplanned costs'

The biggest “fast track” area moving people with learning disabilities out of hospitals has warned it faces an additional £8m annual bill, while others also anticipate increased costs.

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STP commissioners appoint single leader

A single accountable officer will lead all four clinical commissioning groups across a West Midlands sustainability and transformation partnership.

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Analysis: The areas struggling most with cancer targets

Cancer patients in three counties are at greater risk of death than elsewhere in the country because of slow referrals and late diagnosis, official data reveals.

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Trust selected as accountable care 'integrator' for county

Worcestershire commissioners have chosen a community and mental health trust to be an “integrator” for accountable care across the county.

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Former PCT chief appointed to chair STP

The Worcestershire and Herefordshire sustainability and transformation partnership has appointed veteran NHS manager Charles Waddicor as its independent chair.

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Three CCGs move towards merger

Three West Midlands clinical commissioning groups will will hold their governing body meetings and share the majority of their members ahead of a possible merger in 2019.

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HSJ Awards 2017: CCG and Local Authority Integrated Commissioning for Carers

The team developed a service that offered a single point of access to support and care for dementia patients and carers.

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STPs given targets for GP recruitment

Every sustainability and transformation partnership area has been set a target for the number of GPs it needs to recruit by 2020 by NHS England, HSJ has learned.

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CCG trio appoints joint accountable officer

Three West Midlands clinical commissioning groups have appointed their first joint accountable officer – a year after they merged their leadership team.

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Three CCGs to appoint joint accountable officer

Three clinical commissioning groups in the West Midlands are set to appoint a single accountable officer, HSJ has learned.

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‘Serious concern’ over new GP contracts going to private firms

The British Medical Association has expressed “significant concern” about “local GP-led groups” missing out on new contracts around the country to provide additional GP appointments.

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Revealed: Under pressure trust raises bar to admit patients

A struggling trust has said it must to raise the “acuity threshold” for emergency admissions and discharge due to a surge in the number of people attending its accident and emergency department, HSJ has learned.

Surgery

CCGs claim rationing decision based on Right Care programme

One of the three West Midlands CCGs that plans to ration knee and hip operations to save £2m a year has said it was advised by an NHS England official prior to making the decision.

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Troubled trust given two month deadline to fix safety concerns

A troubled West Midlands acute trust has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it has two months to make significant safety improvements, HSJ has learned.

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'No justification' for CCGs' rationing, says royal college

The Royal College of Surgeons has said there is “no clinical justification” for three CCGs’ plan to greatly reduce eligibility for knee and hip replacements, which could save £2m a year.

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Trust sought millions in compensation for 'horrendous' handover delays

An ambulance trust sought millions of pounds in compensation from commissioners for “horrendous” handover delays as part of 2017-18 contract negotiations, HSJ has learnt.

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NHS England agrees £29m acute reconfiguration plan

NHS England given approval in principle for £29m of capital spending to pay for the reconfiguration of acute services at Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust.

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A&E closures not ruled out in troubled STP patch

The new health system for Hereford and Worcestershire has requested national support to help consolidate back office services across all of its NHS organisations and local councils.

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16 CCGs launch integrated NHS 111 and urgent care services

Sixteen West Midlands clinical commissioning groups are set to mobilise a new integrated NHS 111, GP out of hours and urgent care service across a population of 4.6 million after awarding a set of contracts worth up to £172m.