HSJ’s innovation channel on how to coordinate and integrate care on the ground and the rest of today’s news
14.20pm: Monitor has announced reviews of four trusts it is investigating over potential breaches of the terms of their license.
South Warwickshire Foundation Trust and University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust are being investigated over “persistent breaches of A&E targets”.
Poole Hospital Foundation Trust is now predicting a financial deficit.
Aintreee University Hospital Foundation Trust is being investigated because it “has failed to meet C. Difficile, MRSA, A&E four-hour waiting time and the referral to treatment (admitted patients) targets.”
14.13pm: The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, is urging more carers to come forward and express concerns and complaints about public services if they have had a raw deal.
Today is the start of Carers Week, and the PHSO says many carer do not know how make a complaint about care.
11.53am: The Nuffield Trust also have a bit of footage of chief eceonmist Anita Charlesworth setting out some of the financial context for health over the coming decade at this year’s NHS Confederation.
11.48am: Monitor have released the performance data for foundations trusts for the fourth quarter of 2012-13.
11.43am: A non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission believes many NHS hospitals are still not safe, meaning patients’ lives are being put at risk
Speaking to the Telegraph, Kay Sheldon said that the CQC is failing to push through the reforms that are needed in its role as the NHS’s official regulator of hospitals and care homes.
11.35am: The Nuffield Trust has published a commentary piece entitled “nudging hospitals towards better care”.
11.23am: A joint BMJ and Channel 4 Dispatches investigation into diabetes drugs has found “evidence suggesting potential harm from the drugs in industry studies has not been published”.
A joint press release said: “Some independent studies challenge the conclusions of the drugs manufacturers’ own research. Now some medical experts and patient groups are calling on the pharmaceutical companies to be more transparent in reporting of study data and to enter into dialogue about safety concerns.
“As a result, millions of patients around the world have not been fully informed about some of the possible risks.”
Dispatches: Diets, Drugs and Diabetes will be shown at 8pm tonight on Channel Four.
11.06am: Members of the Unite union wil be visiting health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s Surrey constituency in biohazard suits on Saturday “to drive home the point that Jeremy Hunt is ‘a hazard to public health’”.
In a press release the union made the point that a closure of St Helier hospital’s A&E would have knock-on effects on the Royal Surrey County Hospital, which is in Mr Hunt’s constituency.
Mr Hunt last week admitted his party had played politics with reconfigurations in the past.
10:37am: Good morning, there are many proponents of care integration, but what exactly is it? Integrated care is simply about people working together in a co-ordinated fashion to solve a problem for the patient. Consequently, some people are starting to call it “co-ordinated care”.
Today on HSJ’s innovation and efficiency channel, Anoop Maini explores what commissioners and providers can do to deliver change in the wake of an impending healthcare financial crisis.