NHS North Kirklees 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.

Human hip

Revealed: More older people waiting in pain for urgent hip operations

More older patients are waiting too long in hospital before treatment for painful and crippling hip fractures, new data reveals, potentially undermining “compassion and dignity” for patients.

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Significant savings from mental and physical health integration pioneers

Providing talking therapies to patients with long term conditions saved nearly £200,000 for physical health services in one trailblazing site, data shared exclusively with HSJ shows.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Winners of NHS contract disputes worth millions revealed

NHS England has released details of three arbitration cases between commissioners and trusts, which were arguing over millions in funding.

Surgery

STP region aims for huge savings across elective care

Commissioning leaders are aiming to save £50m a year by standardising policies in elective care across their sustainability and transformation partnership footprint.

Carol mckenna

CCGs to share chief officer

A single chief officer has been appointed across neighbouring clinical commissioning groups in West Yorkshire.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Major hospital shake-up delayed because reducing beds is 'unsafe'

A major reconfiguration of critical care in Yorkshire has been delayed after commissioners agreed reducing bed numbers “would not be safe”.

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Thousands of disabled people forced to wait months for wheelchairs

One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.

Leeds town hall

CCGs to join up for STP-wide commissioning

All the clinical commissioning groups across a sustainability and transformation plan footprint have signed up to form a commissioning committee covering the whole patch.

Breast cancer radiology

Revealed: Significant variation in A&E cancer diagnoses across England

Cancer diagnosis in accident and emergency departments are three times more likely in some parts of England than others, HSJ analysis reveals.

medicine

CCGs to impose temporary ban on prescribing expensive treatments

Commissioners in Yorkshire have approved an 18 month moratorium on prescribing expensive, non-routine treatments as part of plans to save more than £2m.

Rob Webster

Big STP plots 'accountable care organisations' across 2.5m patch

New “accountable care organisations” will strengthen commissioning services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, according to its published sustainability and transformation plan.

Town hall sign

Seven councils reject STP submissions

Local authorities in London and Yorkshire have said they cannot sign up to their areas’ sustainability and transformation plans due to concerns about hospital reconfiguration and transparency.

Waiting room

Analysis: CCGs with biggest increases and decreases in GP access

HSJ analysis has identified the clinical commissioning groups with greatest improvements and biggest declines in patient access to GP services over the last three years, following the annual GP patient survey.

A&E

A&E shake-up needs £490m 'external funding support'

STRUCTURE: Commissioners may consult on plans to reconfigure acute services in Halifax and Huddersfield that would see the larger town lose its emergency services.

Medical tray with syringe, pills and water

Exclusive: GP groups cover most of England but ‘lack ambition and priorities’

Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.

Puzzle pieces

Consultants prepare acute reconfiguration plans for troubled FT

STRUCTURE: A troubled Yorkshire trust has brought in consultants to draw up a reconfiguration plan for its two acute hospitals.

Community nurse and patient

Trust to complain to Monitor over £285m contract award

STRUCTURE: A foundation trust in Yorkshire is set to lodge a formal complaint with Monitor after a £285m contract was awarded to a rival group of bidders.

community services care worker elderly woman patient

CCGs confirm winner of £285m 'prime provider' contract

STRUCTURE: Two Yorkshire clinical commissioning groups have confirmed that Locala Community Partnerships has been named preferred bidder to be their lead provider for a £285m ‘prime provider’ community services contract.

Older woman with nurse

Exclusive: Preferred bidder named for £285m 'prime provider' contract

STRUCTURE: A consortium bid led by social enterprise Locala has been selected as the preferred bidder for a ‘prime provider’ community services contract worth £285m, HSJ can reveal.