Five clinical commissioning groups in the north east of England are considering mergers to cut running costs, HSJ has learned.
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.
A GP has been appointed to lead a joint management team across five north east clinical commissioning groups.
Clinical leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnerships are defying public health guidelines and refusing to commission flu antivirals, HSJ can reveal.
A clinical commissioning group has three months to decide if it will join the region’s strategic joint committee of CCGs.
Health leaders are in discussions over merging three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships to create the largest in the country, HSJ can reveal.
Commissioning leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnership footprints are considering creating a joint commissioning committee with delegated decision making powers.
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.
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.
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.
STRUCTURE: Plans are being drawn up to turn the North East’s commissioning support unit into a company owned by its customer CCGs.
Reports of “serious operational problems” at acute hospitals more than halved over the Christmas period compared to the previous year, according to national data.
Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie has been appointed chair of the North East’s commission for health and social care integration.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
The urgent and emergency care vanguards are overhauling 111 systems and moving activity out of hospital, but the constraints of finance and workforce shortages are a concern, HSJ has been told.
COMMERICAL: A Yorkshire trust has complained to Monitor about a tender process which resulted in the loss of a £190m mental health contract.
There is a little appetite among clinical commissioning groups to move their member practices off the national GP pay for performance framework, despite recently being given powers to do so, HSJ has found.
STRUCTURE: A foundation trust that shelved plans to build a new hospital until after the election has given itself a six month deadline to decide whether to abandon the project, its chief executive has told HSJ.
FINANCE: Monitor has launched unrelated investigations into the finances at four foundation trusts in the north of England.
NHS England has revealed the 64 clinical commissioning groups that will take full control of their local primary care budgets from April.