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CCGs fear patients will stockpile drugs ahead of Brexit

Multiple clinical commissioning groups have raised concerns that patients will start stockpiling medicines and costs will rise if a Brexit deal is not confirmed soon.

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Struggling hospital trust needs 200 beds for winter

A struggling hospital trust says it will not have enough beds for one in every six patients this winter without a drastic increase in capacity or intervention.

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'Alarming' figures show thousands still waiting too long for wheelchairs

Thousands of disabled children who need a wheelchair are still being forced to wait more than four months from the time of their referral to the equipment being delivered, an exclusive HSJ analysis of official data has revealed.

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Consultancies hired to 'accelerate' integration of four STPs

Two management consultancies have been commissioned to help four STPs in the West Midlands “accelerate” their integration plans, HSJ has learned.

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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.

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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.