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Trusts and ICS miss out on millions after NHSE shifted goalposts

Trusts and commissioners have confirmed they lost out on millions of pounds after NHS England changed funding rules three months into the financial year, angering local leaders.

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Trusts struggle with growing backlog of uninvestigated incidents

The backlog of serious clinical incidents that need investigating is building up throughout the NHS, due to the impact of coronavirus and emergency service pressures.

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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.

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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.

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Five CCGs plan merger to cut running costs

Five clinical commissioning groups in the north east of England are considering mergers to cut running costs, HSJ has learned.

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NHS wins landmark legal battle against drug companies

The NHS has today won a landmark legal battle against two international pharmaceutical giants which could save the health service hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

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GP to head new cross-CCG leadership team

A GP has been appointed to lead a joint management team across five north east clinical commissioning groups.

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'Alarming' figures show thousands still waiting too long for wheelchairs

Thousands of disabled children who need a wheelchair are still being forced to wait more than four months from the time of their referral to the equipment being delivered, an exclusive HSJ analysis of official data has revealed.

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Exclusive: CCGs across region refuse to commission flu antivirals

Clinical leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnerships are defying public health guidelines and refusing to commission flu antivirals, HSJ can reveal.

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CCG given ultimatum to join regional committee

A clinical commissioning group has three months to decide if it will join the region’s strategic joint committee of CCGs.

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Exclusive: Merger talks to create largest STP in the country

Health leaders are in discussions over merging three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships to create the largest in the country, HSJ can reveal.

Durham

Twelve CCGs propose joint decision making across three STPs

Commissioning leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnership footprints are considering creating a joint commissioning committee with delegated decision making powers.

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Commissioners to take over leading CSU

A commissioning support unit is to be turned into a community interest company owned by its CCG customers, according to the region’s sustainability and transformation plan.

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Latest STP published reveals hospital reconfiguration

Consolidating specialist hospital services on to two sites and creating a string of multispecialty community providers are key elements of the latest sustainability and transformation plan to be published.

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PHE-led panel calls for target to increase preventative spend

Public sector leaders should set a target for ”radically” increasing preventative spending and create a dedicated investment pot for it, according to a commission chaired by the Public Health England chief executive.

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CSU director named as CCG chief officer

The managing director of the North of England Commissioning Support Unit has been appointed as chief executive for Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, and will do both jobs.

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'Bullying and blame culture' poses risk to patients at maternity unit

PATIENT SAFETY: Care of mothers and babies is being put at risk due to bullying and a blame culture at a North East maternity unit, a report has warned.

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Legal battle could cause out of hours costs to rocket

Out of hours services costs could face a significant hike as off-payroll payments to GPs come under scrutiny from the government.

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CCGs risk fines and unpaid tax bills for breaking pay rules

Clinical commissioning groups could face significant bills for unpaid tax and penalty fines after falling foul of rules over the use of off-payroll payments to GP leaders.

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North East CCGs could take over CSU

STRUCTURE: Plans are being drawn up to turn the North East’s commissioning support unit into a company owned by its customer CCGs.