FINANCE: NHS Brent and neighbour Harrow propose to charge their providers £20,000 for each month they fail to offer the choice of a named consultant led team, which was due to be introduced at the start of the month.

The north-west London commissioning group also plans to fine hospital trusts £500 per patient who breaches the mixed sex accomodation rules and fine A&E providers £20,000 for each month they do not have an automatic alert system for known oncology patients.

The north west London PCTs’ main acute providers are North West London Hospitals Trusts and Imperial College Healthcare Trust.