NHS Kernow CCG

Claire Murdoch

Revealed: One in 10 CCGs flout key NHS spending pledge

One in 10 clinical commissioning groups have cut their mental health spending according to new figures from NHS England, more than double the previous year.

Patient transport

'Inadequate' CCG's controversial transport contract fails to attract bidders

Commissioners are reviewing a failed procurement after a tender for a county wide patient transport service – which was amended after an outcry from patients – did not attract any bidders.

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Mapped: STP commissioning ratings

HSJ has produced commissioning ratings for every “sustainability and transformation partnership” in England, based on the new assessments of clinical commissioning groups published by NHS England.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

'System approach' helps trust boost A&E performance by 40 percentage points

Extra beds, more staff at night, and twice-daily meetings with health economy chiefs are among the factors that caused an “inadequate” trust’s A&E performance to rocket by nearly 40 percentage points in two months.

Cornwall

New ward to eliminate mental health trust out of area placements

A mental health trust in a rural location has opened 15 rehabilitation beds to implement a “unique” model of care which it says will eliminate the need for inappropriate out of n area placements.

Ambulance

CCG backs down over patient transport funding cuts

Kidney patients in Cornwall relying on dialysis treatment will continue to receive NHS funded transport to hospital after commissioners reversed a decision to make them pay.

Claire Murdoch

One in 10 CCGs missing spending target 'not good enough'

More than one in 10 clinical commissioning groups were forecasting they would miss the national mental health spending mandate for 2017-18, latest NHS England data shows.

Budget cuts

Exclusive: The 23 CCGs predicting a cut in mental health spending

The proportion of clinical commissioning groups whose mental health spending will fall in cash terms is predicted to double this year to one in 10, HSJ can reveal.

Cornwall

CCG plays down council's rejection of ACS

The council’s decision to reject plans for an accountable care system will not affect Cornwall’s progress towards integrated health and social care, the chair of Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group has said.

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Trust chief warns county council over unpaid invoices

A foundation trust boss in a struggling health economy has raised the prospect of a “formal dispute” with the county council over more than £2m of late invoice payments.

Lizard Cornwall

Council to become 'strategic commissioner for all healthcare' in county

Cornwall Council is set to take over the functions of Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group as part of the development of an accountable care system.

Great Yarmouth

NHS England accepts deficit forecasts for 14 CCGs

NHS England has accepted revised financial forecasts from 14 clinical commissioning groups, its mid-year report shows.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Trust faces special measures amid quality and bullying concerns

England’s most south westerly trust is set to be placed in special measures after it was rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.

Patient transport

Charity fears national precedent if CCG axes free transport services

A charity has warned a dangerous precedent may be set if a clinical commissioning group enforces its decision to stop funding non-emergency patient transport to people who rely on “life sustaining” treatment.

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CCGs overspend by £60m but only one revises forecast

Local commissioners overspent against their financial plans by nearly £60m in the four months to August, but NHS England still expects them to deliver a near breakeven position by the end of 2017-18.

money efficiency

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Lizard Cornwall

Financially struggling CCG has 'no plan' to hit deficit target

A clinical commissioning group that is in the capped expenditure process has said it has “no viable plan” to hit its control total this financial year.

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CCG gives green light to service switch in breach of procurement law

Commissioners have agreed to help an acute trust access more incentive funding through changing the way its accident and emergency performance is reported – despite the decision breaching procurement regulations.

The contract is for 111 and out-of-hours GP services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

New NHS-private partnership wins £48m contract

Commissioners have awarded a £48m contract for out of hours GP and 111 services to a consortium of public and private providers including an acute trust.

Surgery

'Never events' probe launched at trust after CCG concerns

A review has been launched into the quality and safety of acute services at a major acute provider after a cluster of “never events” at the trust alarmed commissioners.