NHS Fareham and Gosport CCG

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CCG chief leaves for Catholic church

A long-serving accountable officer has left her clinical commissioning group to take up a position in the Catholic church.

Maggie MacIsaac

CCG cluster boss replaces retiring health chief

The leader of a partnership of clinical commissioning groups has added another CCG to her portfolio after replacing a long-serving chief officer who retired this month.

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Revealed: CCGs with highest rates of lung cancer detected in A&E

Two counties have six of the 10 worst performing areas for having lung cancer picked up in A&E, new data reveals.

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Trust reviews 250 patients waiting to access flagship service

One of England’s largest mental health trusts is reviewing 250 patients who have endured long waits to access one of its flagship services.

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Region's health chief to step down

A sustainability and transformation partnership chief has revealed he will step down from his position once a successor is found.

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Ministers told to close 'arbitrary' gap on NHS historical cases

An “arbitrary” gap in regulation is preventing NHS care failures, including alleged cover-ups, from being investigated according to senior figures who have led some of the most important NHS safety inquiries of recent years.

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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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Trust agrees to move 'unsustainable' service to neighbour after three year saga

“Unsustainable” spinal services are set to be transferred from a cash strapped acute provider to its tertiary neighbour after three years of uncertainty.

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'Disregard for human life' - 450 patients killed by painkillers at hospital, report says

More than 450 patients died from prescriptions made “without medical justification” at a hospital where the use of opioids resulted in an “institutionalised practice of shortening patients’ lives”, an investigation has found.

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CCG to lose powers by joining commissioning partnership

Certain responsibilities are set to be moved from a struggling clinical commissioning group after it joined a partnership of four other CCGs.

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Fears over 'loss of momentum' for new care models as funding shifts

There is a risk of a “loss of momentum” in new care models ahead of a major shift in their funding in the next financial year, the GP lead for two national vanguards has warned.

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Corrected: Vanguard areas saw fall in GP referral rate last year, analysis shows

Areas covered by new care model vanguards saw a fall in the GP referral rate during 2016 and 2017, and very slightly lower growth in emergency admission rates than the rest of England, analysis by HSJ indicates.

Maggie MacIsaac

Four CCGs share accountable officer after leadership reshuffle

Four clinical commissioning groups have appointed a single accountable officer as part of a new partnership to “share expertise and reduce duplication”.

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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.

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CCGs tell hospitals not to request non-emergency transport after 6pm

More than 100 hospital wards across South Central England have been told they must prioritise patients for discharge before 6pm at night.

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Analysis: CCGs with biggest increases and decreases in GP access

HSJ analysis has identified the clinical commissioning groups with greatest improvements and biggest declines in patient access to GP services over the last three years, following the annual GP patient survey.

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Deep South: Smart's verdict on Southern Health

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

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Hampshire GP leaders declare backing for Katrina Percy

Three GP leaders of the Hampshire multispeciality community provider vanguard have formally backed Katrina Percy, the under-pressure chief executive of Southern Health Foundation Trust.

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Longstanding trust chief executive resigns

WORKFORCE: Ursula Ward, the chief executive of Portsmouth Hospitals Trust, has resigned after leading the trust for 12 years.

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Deep South: Goodbye, hello to Angela Pedder

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