Variation in dementia diagnosis rates across England has fallen, but a senior GP has told HSJ such targets risked being too “simplistic” and the focus should shift to ensuring patients are supported post-diagnosis.
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.
COMMERICAL: A Yorkshire trust has complained to Monitor about a tender process which resulted in the loss of a £190m mental health contract.
PEFORMANCE: South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust been rated ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission.
QUALITY: Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group has moved some residents from Admiral Court Care Home in Hartlepool because their nursing needs were not being met there.
COMMERCIAL: The Treasury’s approval process for the private finance 2 programme has been criticised by a hospital chief executive whose trust was forced to halt plans to build a new hospital.
STRCUTURE: North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust has shelved a plan to build a new hospital until after the next general election.
STRUCTURE: Clinical commissioning groups in the North East and Cumbria have formed a collaborative group for joint contracting, system leadership and sharing expertise.
STRUCTURE: A public consultation on the centralisation of critical care and emergency medicine services at the University Hospital of North Tees has begun.
FINANCE: GPs in seven North East primary care trusts are prescribing paracetamol at twice the expected rate and could save the NHS an estimated £2.5m a year by their bringing reducing to the national average, the healthcare analysis firm CHKS has said.
WORKFORCE: Four directors have been appointed to the NHS Commissioning Board’s Durham, Darlington & Tees Local Area Team.
The NHS in the North East has healthy finances but an unhealthy population. This briefing looks at how its new structure could overcome these problems.