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.
Thousands of disabled children who need a wheelchair are still being forced to wait more than four months from the time of their referral to the equipment being delivered, an exclusive HSJ analysis of official data has revealed.
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.
Public sector leaders should set a target for ”radically” increasing preventative spending and create a dedicated investment pot for it, according to a commission chaired by the Public Health England chief executive.
The managing director of the North of England Commissioning Support Unit has been appointed as chief executive for Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, and will do both jobs.
PATIENT SAFETY: Care of mothers and babies is being put at risk due to bullying and a blame culture at a North East maternity unit, a report has warned.
Out of hours services costs could face a significant hike as off-payroll payments to GPs come under scrutiny from the government.
Clinical commissioning groups could face significant bills for unpaid tax and penalty fines after falling foul of rules over the use of off-payroll payments to GP leaders.
Reports of “serious operational problems” at acute hospitals more than halved over the Christmas period compared to the previous year, according to national data.
Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie has been appointed chair of the North East’s commission for health and social care integration.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
COMMERICAL: A Yorkshire trust has complained to Monitor about a tender process which resulted in the loss of a £190m mental health contract.
A third of clinical commissioning groups with control of their primary care budgets plan to fund member GP practices to get them to form federations, HSJ has found
FINANCE: Northumberland Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust plans is to loan £3m from the Department of Health’s independent trust finance facility to cover a shortage of funds for capital projects this year.