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Trusts win A&E cash

Seventy hospitals have been allocated a share of a £56m tranche from the £100m of capital funding ringfenced in the budget for accident and emergency departments.

The funding was made available by chancellor Philip Hammond to help trusts fund upgrades to their A&E departments, such as onsite GP facilities and other streaming models.

Prior to Theresa May calling a general election last week, the funding announcement had been expected in May. It was brought forward just hours before election purdah began at midnight on Friday. It is not clear when the remaining £44m will be allocated.

The money is spread across a wide range of trusts – from large providers leading chains like Salford Royal Foundation Trust (£500,000) to some of the smallest NHS trusts such as The Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust (£952,361). See all the allocations in the table below.

Colchester Hospital University FT and Barking Havering and Redbridge Trust, which both received £1m, were among several trusts with well documented performance problems to secure funding.

CCG and council pool £600m

Hull CCG is aligning its entire budget with a local authority to create a strategic commissioning fund worth £600m.

The gorup is integrating its £400m budget with Hull City Council’s £200m budget for adult social care, public health and children’s services.

CCG chief officer Emma Latimer said the shift was a strategic step beyond joint commissioning arrangements adopted in other areas.

She told us: “Strategic commissioning is something we haven’t done very well in the NHS in the past… Rearranging the deckchairs just looking at health will not give us the outcomes we need. We need to be different and we need to be mature enough to say that.”

The CCG chair and two senior governing body members will join three councillors on a new “committee in common” to approve decisions by a new integrated commissioning board.

Ms Latimer, who is lead officer for the Humber, Coast and Vale STP, also said the CCG and the council could pool staff as well as resources in future but it was crucial not to get “hung up on organisational form”.