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  • Healthwatch won’t be a “megaphone” for local groups, says chair
  • Urgent care centres “have low productivity rates”
  • Dementia funding boost
  • Demand to boost cancer survival rates
  • CCG veto kills off trust’s CCG application
  • Last suitor drops out of merger bid


18:06pm A CCG has become what is believed to be the first in the country to veto a trust’s foundation trust application.

GPs in south west London came close to the same thing with their mental health trust but this is the first time it has actually happened

18:10pm I am hearing a lot of theories on what caused Ashford and St Peter’s FT to drop their bid for Epsom Hospital. Fuller story later, basic story here.

12.26pm HSJ readers are so far uniformly sceptical about the high levels of confidence in the NHS structural transition revealed yesterday. “I work in one of the clusters with seven green ratings and let me tell you there is a great deal of politics behind the submissions as opposed to 100 per cent honesty,” writes one. “Delusional would be a kind word,” says another.

10.55am Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced £50m of funding for NHS trusts and councils to create environments appropriate for people with dementia. Full details here.

10.48am A leading cancer support charity has called on government and NHS Commissioning Board to ensure that patients suffering from all types of the disease are given the “best” chance of survival. It was responding to statistics showing survival rates from some cancers were 60 per cent lower than others.

10.38am The number of hospital beds available for patients in north-west London could be reduced by a quarter under plans to reconfigure services in the capital, a prominent campaigner has warned. The total number of adult, paediatric, critical care and maternity beds could be reduced from 4,065 to 3,044, according to proposals put forward by NHS North West London.

9.58am Healthwatch England will not be a “megaphone” for local interest groups, the body’s chair has told HSJ in her first interview since taking up the post. Read HSJ’s interview with Anna Bradley here:

9.47am Urgent care centres appear to have low productivity rates and lack clear data allowing commissioners to tell whether they are value for money, according to a Primary Care Foundation report.