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Surgery dwindles at major trauma centre as patients opt for private care

Commissioners have intervened after a drop in hip and knee surgery patients at a major NHS trauma centre sparked concerns about its ability to train junior doctors.

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Seven CCGs to merge into three under new proposals

Sussex’s seven clinical commissioning groups could merge into three, while a nearby CCG could potentially leave the area’s sustainability and transformation partnership.

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Revealed: Collapsed private provider to the NHS owes £11m

A patient transport company which collapsed after it withdrew from a key NHS contract owes more than £11m, including to the NHS, statements filed with Companies House have revealed.

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Senior responsible officer appointed at 'improving' STP

A sustainability and transformation partnership which has faced a turbulent few years has appointed new leadership.

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Regional stroke plans given the green light

Controversial plans to create three hyperacute stroke units in Kent and Medway have been approved, but could still face a judicial review.

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Single leader chosen for eight CCGs

The eight clinical commissioning groups in Sussex and East Surrey have appointed a permanent single accountable officer.

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CCGs taken out of legal directions

Three clinical commissioning groups have been released from legal directions relating to the quality of their leadership after a major management shake-up.

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Financially distressed CCGs criticised for 'lack of grip'

Two clinical commissioning groups showed a “lack of grip” and “over optimism” about their financial position, while one of them was demoralised by a long standing investigation into an alleged conflict of interest, a governance review has revealed.

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Commissioners give struggling ambulance service £10m extra

Commissioners are to pump an extra £10m into ambulance services in the south east this financial year so national standards for responding to emergency calls can be met from the middle of 2019.

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Plans to close three acute stroke units revealed

Proposals to replace six stroke units with three new hyper acute stroke facilities across Kent and Medway have been revealed.

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Chief officer of struggling CCGs steps down

The chief officer of two clinical commissioning groups is leaving her job, after they were put under directions by NHS England.

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Referral restriction plan 'puts patients at risk of opiate addiction'

Patients could be at risk of opiate addiction while waiting for surgery under policies being considered by seven clinical commissioning groups, the British Orthopaedic Association has warned.

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Five CCGs forced to make £50m savings

Five clinical commissioning groups in Sussex have to save £50m in the next nine months to achieve an agreed £65m deficit – and to gain access to sustainability funding.

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CCGs face losing millions after contract collapse

Seven clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are trying to recover £7.4m from a collapsed private provider but could face a counter-claim from administrators, HSJ has learned.

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Single accountable officer to lead six CCGs

Six clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are to share an accountable officer from next week – at the request of NHS England.

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New CCG alliance brings in consultants to review governance

Four clinical commissioning groups that formed an alliance at the start of the year have hired PwC to carry out a review of their governance.

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Regulator criticises 'passive and unwieldy' STP

A sustainability and transformation partnership had “not begun to function effectively” when the Care Quality Commission carried out a local system review at the end of 2017.

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CCGs move to claw back cash from failed transport firm

Clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are taking legal advice on whether they can get money back from a failed patient transport operator.

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Exclusive: Private patient transport firm to be dissolved

A company that was heavily criticised over a shambolic patient transport services contract in Sussex is to be dissolved, Companies House has confirmed.

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CCGs to share leader in move towards 'alliance'

Four clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are to share a single accountable officer as they start working as a “commissioning alliance”.