Some of the most cash strapped clinical commissioning groups in the country have paid out hundreds of thousands of pounds for interim executives – despite a promised NHS England crackdown on their use, an HSJ investigation has revealed.
An accountable officer has been appointed across eight clinical commissioning groups in London, covering the most populous patch of any chief officer.
Thirteen clinical commissioning groups have performed a U-turn on “de-humanising” funding policies, after being threatened with legal action by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
A much vaunted digital health firm that has partnered with Uber has been forced to remove incorrect claims about NHS partnerships from its marketing, and to launch a probe of fake five star reviews allegedly posted by employees.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has written to 13 clinical commissioning groups threatening legal action over “discriminatory” funding policies for people with serious long term health conditions.
There is dramatic variation across England in the rate of people with serious long-term conditions being approved to receive NHS-funded care at home.
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Six directors have left or not reapplied for their jobs at a troubled clinical commissioning group collaboration, HSJ can reveal.
Commissioners in north west London spent £36m on consultancy firms over the last four financial years – including millions on service redesign recently stalled by NHS Improvement.
NHS Improvement’s board has halted a £500m reconfiguration programme in north west London after concerns about activity projections.
HSJ’s analysis of Care Quality Commissioning ratings of GP surgeries shows that east London is underperforming against the rest of the capital.
FINANCE: Clinical commissioning groups in north west London have decided to retain their IVF restriction policy, so treatment will only be funded for couples who do not already have children, or children from a previous relationship.
COMMERCIAL: Central London Community Health Trust has taken over the provision of adult community health services in Harrow borough.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
Proposals to redesign London’s £93bn public services through wide ranging devolution from central government have been agreed by borough leaders and the city’s mayor.
FINANCE: Recently merged London North West Healthcare Trust finished the last financial year £55.9m in the red – £8m higher than its planned deficit for the year.