NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG

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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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Mapped: Sweeping CCG mergers planned for next year

HSJ’s map shows the 86 clinical commissioning groups proposing mergers in 2020, in what looks set to be the largest NHS consolidation for more than a decade.

Stoke-on-Trent

Revealed: The new CCG ratings

Sixty-three clinical commissioning groups have seen their overall performance ratings change over the past year, according to NHS England’s latest assessment framework.

Friarage hospital

Workforce shortages force A&E downgrade

An accident and emergency department is to be temporarily downgraded to a 24/7 urgent treatment centre because of patient safety fears.

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Exclusive: CCG inefficiencies 'blocking' access to IVF

Commissioning inefficiencies are said to be “blocking” patients’ access to IVF, as new data reveals some areas are spending at least twice as much as others on a single cycle of fertility treatment.

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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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CCGs and trust set up mental health partnership board

Commissioners have set up a joint board with their mental health trust to create an integrated health and social care partnership, HSJ can reveal.

Whitby in Yorkshire

CCG risks NHS England intervention over deficit plan

A clinical commissioning group could face action from NHS England after admitting it is facing a £4m deficit and will miss its breakeven control total this financial year.

Durham

Three STPs to share leader and form integrated care system

Three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships have appointed a single leader and are aiming to become an integrated care system by April 2019.

Whitby hospital

Trust secures vital capital for hospital rebuild

The redevelopment of a community hospital is back on track after NHS Property Services approved one of its largest ever individual capital investments of nearly £12m.

Whitby hospital

Uncertainty over capital stalls hospital rebuild

The redevelopment of a community hospital has been delayed because NHS Property Services has not agreed its capital budgets for next financial year.

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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.

Whitby in Yorkshire

Cash-strapped trust withdraws community outpatient services

A cash-strapped teaching hospital trust has announced it will stop providing outpatient services at a community hospital because they are not financially viable.

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CCGs rule out merger as 'unwelcome distraction'

Three clinical commissioning groups in Leicestershire have ruled out merging as it would be “an unwelcome distraction”.

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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.

York Hospital

Exclusive: Trusts face cash flow crisis as CCGs stop advance payments

Trusts are facing increasing cash flow pressures after NHS England instructed local commissioners to stop making advance payments on block contracts, HSJ can reveal.

Whitby in Yorkshire

NHS England to take 'light touch' approach to CCG collaboration

Three clinical commissioning groups could create a joint committee after one ruled out a merger and sharing a single accountable officer.

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.

Bolton Town Hall

GP quality – North: Greater Manchester and surrounds lags rest of region

Exclusive analysis of Care Quality Commissioning ratings of GP surgeries shows that the majority of the worst performing areas for primary care are within a 40 mile radius of Manchester.