NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG

Wheelchair on pavement

'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.

Huddersfield royal infirmary

Green light for judicial review into A&E closure

A High Court judge has granted a judicial review for campaigners opposing the closure of Huddersfield’s accident and emergency department.

HMRC sign

Tax regulator scrutinises CCG payments to GPs

HM Revenue and Customs has been scrutinising potential attempts from clinical commissioning groups to minimise GPs’ tax payments, HSJ has learned.

Rob Webster

STP moves towards shared control total

Leaders across a sustainability and transformation partnership are drafting a new agreement that could lead to the organisations in the STP sharing a control total.

Informal group meeting

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.

Surgery

STP region aims for huge savings across elective care

Commissioning leaders are aiming to save £50m a year by standardising policies in elective care across their sustainability and transformation partnership footprint.

Carol mckenna

CCGs to share chief officer

A single chief officer has been appointed across neighbouring clinical commissioning groups in West Yorkshire.

Calderdale royal hospital

A&E faces 'temporary' overnight closure

Calderdale and Huddersfield Trust has confirmed plans that could see Calderdale Royal Hospital’s emergency department in Halifax “temporarily” closed at night and patients sent to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary instead.

Jeremy hunt

Reasons for referring controversial hospital closure to Hunt revealed

An acute trust has been accused by councillors of “inadequate” consultation over controversial plans involving the closure of an emergency department and a new £298m private finance initiative hospital.

Calderdale Royal Hospital

Trust plans new PFI deal to fund controversial hospital shake up

A foundation trust is proposing procuring a new private finance initiative to fund its controversial “hot” and “cold” site hospital reconfiguration plans.

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt to have final say over A&E closure

Controversial plans to close an accident and emergency department and centralise emergency services in a neighbouring town have been referred to Jeremy Hunt for a final decision.

wheelchair

Thousands of disabled people forced to wait months for wheelchairs

One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.

Leeds town hall

CCGs to join up for STP-wide commissioning

All the clinical commissioning groups across a sustainability and transformation plan footprint have signed up to form a commissioning committee covering the whole patch.

medicine

CCGs to impose temporary ban on prescribing expensive treatments

Commissioners in Yorkshire have approved an 18 month moratorium on prescribing expensive, non-routine treatments as part of plans to save more than £2m.

Rob Webster

Big STP plots 'accountable care organisations' across 2.5m patch

New “accountable care organisations” will strengthen commissioning services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, according to its published sustainability and transformation plan.

A&E

A&E shake-up needs £490m 'external funding support'

STRUCTURE: Commissioners may consult on plans to reconfigure acute services in Halifax and Huddersfield that would see the larger town lose its emergency services.

Medical tray with syringe, pills and water

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.

Puzzle pieces

Consultants prepare acute reconfiguration plans for troubled FT

STRUCTURE: A troubled Yorkshire trust has brought in consultants to draw up a reconfiguration plan for its two acute hospitals.

Community nurse and patient

Trust to complain to Monitor over £285m contract award

STRUCTURE: A foundation trust in Yorkshire is set to lodge a formal complaint with Monitor after a £285m contract was awarded to a rival group of bidders.