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    Mapped: The financial health of every STP area


    Some of the 44 new health systems for England could be in such deep financial trouble that they will struggle to plan their way out of deficit, according to policy experts.

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    Exclusive: NAO investigates £725m Cambridgeshire contract collapse


    National Audit Office is investigating collapse of Cambridgeshire £725m older people’s contract NAO will examine role of national bodies and how contract was designed Investigation follows previous reviews into the collapse carried out by NHS England and CCG The National Audit Office has opened

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    NHS England told: urgently review all major contracts


    NHS England review of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough contract failure is published Report calls for further reviews of CCG’s advisers VAT liabilities contributed to a £14m gap Contract should never have gone live in April 2015, review says NHS England should review all current and planned major

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    Send patients to other trusts to avoid IT rollout 'turmoil', says tech chief


    Hospitals rolling out large IT projects could send some patients to other trusts during “go live”, chief clinical information officer suggests Cambridge FT director admits Epic implementation threw it into “turmoil” But he says system is now driving benefits and he wants others to learn from the

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    Monitor 'pushing hard for Hinchingbrooke merger by April 2017'


    Regulator “pushing hard” for Peterborough and Stamford to acquire Hinchingbrooke Concerns raised about speed at which Monitor wants a deal done for the two financially challenged trusts Monitor’s timetable could lead to “rushed and acrimonious” merger, says senior source Local MP has opposed idea

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    Join up scrutiny to avoid another UnitingCare, says CCG lead


    Join up scrutiny of CCGs and providers to get more “holistic” picture, says Cambridgeshire CCG lead Neil Modha’s comments follow publication of audit into how £725m flagship deal collapsed Dr Modha says CCG gave NHS England “all the information” about UnitingCare deal before it went live

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    Expert Briefing

    Following the Money: The nastiest hazards facing finance directors


    HSJ’s new weekly email briefing on NHS finances, savings, and efforts to get the health service back in the black

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    CCGs could face tighter scrutiny when tendering big contracts


    NHS England probe into UnitingCare collapse likely to recommend “proactive assurance” around large contracts Regional director suggested the £725m deal structure was too complicated NHS England probe will give a “definitive answer” on Strategic Projects Team’s role in the deal Monitor director

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    Revealed: Failed Cambridgeshire provider asked for £34m bailout after just one month


    Audit of older people’s contract details £34m dispute one month after go-live UnitingCare planned to negotiate on income after the contract was awarded Significant shortcomings in the tender process identified Advisers from Strategic Projects Team failed to secure guarantees from winning bidders

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    Jim Mackey warns against 'trendy' transformation plans


    STP plans must not rely on new organisational models, says Jim Mackey He cites collapsed £800m contract as example of what not to do Leaders selected to head up STPs by local areas may also be changed Local NHS organisations have been warned against building their sustainability and