HSJ’s roundup of Monday’s key stories and talking points

Echoes of Morecambe Bay

The avoidable death of a baby girl who died after errors at a midwifery led unit at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust in 2009 is to be reinvestigated after an NHS England review found the original investigation was not fit for purpose.

The highly critical review by midwifery expert Debbie Graham said the truth in the case of Kate Stanton-Davies had not been fully revealed and that the original investigation by a senior midwife was “poor” and had “multiple inaccuracies”. She said language used by midwife Angela Hughes was “offensive” when she referred to baby Kate as “it”.

The report said there were parallels with the Morecambe Bay care scandal and raised concerns over the national supervisory system for midwives.

James Titcombe, patient safety campaigner, tweeted: “How many other avoidable deaths have been whitewashed by the Local Supervisory System?”

More woe in commissioning support market

A major procurement of commissioning support services has been held up by a lack of market interest, we revealed today.

CCGs in Yorkshire and the Humber are attempting to bring in a new supplier of support services via NHS England’s lead provider framework. But HSJ has heard that there has been little interest so far. It is widely believed that only one organisation was likely to bid.

The deadline for submissions has been pushed back five weeks to late October.

An important factor is believed to be the low value of services offered. CCGs are only willing to spend under £20m a year – less than a quarter of the annual turnover of the commissioning support unit the new supplier will replace.

It is one of the first full tenders being run through NHS England’s lead provider framework for commissioning support.

A week ago we reported CCGs had set out a litany of concerns over the process.

SHA boss to chair North Cumbria ‘success regime’

Sir Neil McKay has been appointed chair of the North Cumbria success regime, the NHS Trust Development Authority has announced.

The former provider and strategic health authority boss presided over the North Cumbria scheme’s first “stakeholder meeting” last Friday.

The success regime, which was launched in North Cumbria, Essex, and Northern, Eastern and Western Devon in June, was conceived to turn around struggling health economies “at pace” by bringing together local NHS organisations and giving them national support.

However with local programme directors only now being interviewed three months after the scheme was announced, the success regime could perhaps do with picking up the pace.