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‘Borderline critical’ stock leads to new blood test restrictions

Local NHS organisations are ramping up their efforts to conserve ubiquitous blood collection products as concern grows current measures have not been sufficient and stocks may run even lower.

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Tech firm takes CCGs to court over ‘unlawful’ contract award

A US-backed tech firm has taken three clinical commissioning groups to court after claiming they ‘unlawfully’ awarded a contract to another company.

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ICS asks private providers for £10,000 contributions

An integrated care system is asking independent providers on its patch to pay a substantial annual fee to fund system ‘running costs’, HSJ  has learned.

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All but eight health systems have given the covid jab to more than half of 45- to 49-year-olds

The great majority of England’s health systems have given first doses of the covid vaccination to more than half of those aged 45 to 49 in their area, according to the latest NHS England data.

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£100m deficit ‘real danger’ to STP’s covid recovery

A £106m deficit across the councils in a South West health system presents a “real danger” to the next phase of its covid-19 response, a local health chief has told HSJ.


Distance not always factor in ambulance response times

There is significant variation in ambulance response times to patients with serious conditions such as suspected strokes or heart attacks, which is not fully explained by how rural an area is, an HSJ analysis has revealed.

Stephanie Elsy

Former council leader to chair South West health system

A new independent chair has been appointed to the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire health and care system.

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Batch of CCG mergers approved for next year

NHS England has approved a first tranche of clinical commissioning group mergers for April 2020, but has declined to say which ones.


First quarter A&E performance worst since records began

The NHS has recorded its worst first quarter accident and emergency performance since records started, data released this morning revealed.

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HSJ Partnership Awards 2019: Consultancy Partnership of the Year

WINNER: 2020 Delivery and Portsmouth Hospitals Trust: Urgent Care Performance and Culture Change

Tracey Cox

Three CCGs appoint single CEO

Three clinical commissioning groups in the South West have appointed a single chief executive, who will also lead their sustainability and transformation partnership.

Lincolnshire: eyeing savings of £14m through redesign

CCGs reveal large backlogs of death reviews

NHS England has been urged to dramatically increase its funding for reviews of learning disability deaths, as clinical commissioning groups have revealed large backlogs with their investigations

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Early cancer diagnosis rates drop in several areas

The proportion of cancers being diagnosed at an early stage has dropped in several areas across England, according to recently released data.


CCG U-turn on life-saving care to vulnerable patient after legal challenge

A clinical commissioning group has reversed a decision to pull life saving support from a vulnerable patient, after his lawyers argued the commissioner was breaching the Equality Act.

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Significant savings from mental and physical health integration pioneers

Providing talking therapies to patients with long term conditions saved nearly £200,000 for physical health services in one trailblazing site, data shared exclusively with HSJ shows.

Chris Bown

Former chief of several trusts to lead advanced STP

A former trust chief executive has been appointed leader of a sustainability and transformation partnership covering two counties in the South West.

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GP quality: The best and worst areas in the South

East Berkshire and bordering areas in Hampshire and Surrey have the majority of worst rated GP surgeries in the South, exclusive HSJ analysis has shown.

Cara Charles-Barks

New chief executive for South West trust

Salisbury Foundation Trust has appointed Cara Charles-Barks as its new chief executive.

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Deep South: Tributes to a GP leader

Weekly updates and essential insight into the NHS in the South West, by Will Hazell

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Second South West social enterprise to close next month

A second social enterprise in the South West is to be wound down after it lost its main contract to an NHS trust.