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  • CCG group to appraise NHS commissioning board
  • £25m for maternity ward improvement
  • Call for help for antenatal depression sufferers

2.54pm: NHS Clinical Commissioners - which represents CCGs - has announced its intention to regularly appraise the performance of the NHS Commissioning Board, which will oversee CCGs.

Its statement says: “NHS Clinical Commissioners has today announced that it will be delivering a locally led appraisal of the NHS Commissioning Board.

Dr Michael Dixon, Interim NHSCC President explained “NHSCC has made it clear that we believe the success of the NHS Commissioning Board in its duty to promote autonomy should beassessed through a CCG led appraisal process.”

12.10pm: Unions have agreed a draft proposal to reduce terms and conditions for NHS staff under which staff earning more than £54,500 could be removed from the Agenda for Change framework.

Proposals will see the end of automatic incremental pay rises, enhanced sick pay and other reductions in terms and conditions. See the detailed story here.

The government has pledged £25m to help improve maternity wards. The cash can be used to create ensuites, rooms where partners can stay overnight or other facilities such as birthing pools.

More needs to be done to spot and support women suffering with antenatal depression, the Royal College of Midwives has warned. It said that more attention needs to be paid to the condition, which is less known and talked about than postnatal depression.