HSJ’s round-up of Monday’s top stories and debate

UnitingCare fiasco continues

As Daily Insight was being finalised, the latest report into the UnitingCare Partnership debacle was released.

The PwC report, commissioned by NHS England, raised concern about every step of the process, from the budget set by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group to how the CCG and advisers managed it.

The latest in a string of post mortems of the project focused on the commissioner and its advisers which awarded the older people’s services contract, which collapsed just eight months into a five year deal in December 2015.

The Wolverhampton way

A Midlands hospital trust is seeking to establish an accountable care model in partnership with its local metropolitan borough council and clinical commissioning group.

The Royal Wolverhampton Trust is looking to create the new organisational model to deliver services to the population of Wolverhampton, a city with 250,000 people.

Wolverhampton City Council and Wolverhampton CCG say an accountable care organisation will help move care closer to patients’ homes; remove barriers between organisations; and address the pressures on the NHS and local authorities through better integration.

ACOs are designed to bring together a number of providers of services to take responsibility for the cost and quality of care for a defined population within an agreed budget.

The Wolverhampton organisations have not yet said which outcomes the model is expected to deliver or the timetable for development of the ACO.

Strike off

In case you missed it over the weekend, the BMA announced that strikes by junior doctors, planned for the next three months, have been suspended

The union had planned 15 days of strikes, five in each of October, November and December, including by doctors working in emergency care.

The BMA said the decision “follows feedback from doctors, patients and the public, and discussions with NHS England about the ability of the NHS to maintain a safe service”.