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Vaunted health tech firm forced to act on misleading marketing

A much vaunted digital health firm that has partnered with Uber has been forced to remove incorrect claims about NHS partnerships from its marketing, and to launch a probe of fake five star reviews allegedly posted by employees.

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Watchdog threatens 13 CCGs with legal action over 'discrimination'

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has written to 13 clinical commissioning groups threatening legal action over “discriminatory” funding policies for people with serious long term health conditions.

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London Eye: Elton John weighs in on public health funding

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London Eye: Capital's cancer turnaround

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London Eye: Getting on with the day job

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover

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Senior leaders depart troubled CCG cluster

Six directors have left or not reapplied for their jobs at a troubled clinical commissioning group collaboration, HSJ can reveal.

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Babylon pilot was not pursued by CCGs

Commissioners in London have ditched a planned pilot of Babylon Health’s primary care app after patients in a test “tried speed up GP access, rather than [use] the symptom checker”.

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CCGs spend millions on consultancy for stalled reconfiguration

Commissioners in north west London spent £36m on consultancy firms over the last four financial years – including millions on service redesign recently stalled by NHS Improvement.

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NHS Improvement knocks back multimillion pound reconfiguration

NHS Improvement’s board has halted a £500m reconfiguration programme in north west London after concerns about activity projections.

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NHS England could take over ambulance service commissioning

Clinical commissioning groups in the capital could lose their responsibility for commissioning London Ambulance Service following a review proposed by NHS England.

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London Eye: Baby STPs

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover

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London trusts seek major savings through pathology consolidation

STRUCTURE: Three trusts in north west London have decided to consolidate their pathology services in a bid to save money.

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North west London retains IVF restriction policy

FINANCE: Clinical commissioning groups in north west London have decided to retain their IVF restriction policy, so treatment will only be funded for couples who do not already have children, or children from a previous relationship.

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Exclusive: GP groups cover most of England but ‘lack ambition and priorities’

Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.

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Revealed: London CCGs dominate requests for consultancy spending over £50k

More than half of the requests from clinical commissioning groups for management consultancy contracts worth more than £50,000 have come from London, data obtained by HSJ reveals.

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London's devolution demands revealed

Proposals to redesign London’s £93bn public services through wide ranging devolution from central government have been agreed by borough leaders and the city’s mayor.

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Newly merged trust sees deficit rise to £56m

FINANCE: Recently merged London North West Healthcare Trust finished the last financial year £55.9m in the red – £8m higher than its planned deficit for the year.

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London Ambulance asks CCGs for £27m extra funding

FINANCE: London Ambulance Service Trust has asked clinical commissioning groups to contribute more than £27m extra funding to help it recruit more staff and buy new vehicles.

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CCGs to use primary care powers to develop new care models

The first clinical commissioning groups to be given control of their the primary care budgets have said they will use their new powers to implement the NHS Five Year Forward View’s new models of care and scale up GP services, HSJ has learnt.

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Imperial puts FT bid on hold following ‘requires improvement’ CQC rating

PERFORMANCE: Imperial Healthcare has set back its plans to become a foundation trust for at least a year after the Care Quality Commission rated it as ‘requires improvement’ during a December inspection.