Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping health and care systems, NHS providers, primary care, and commissioning. This week by deputy editor Dave West.
New funding allocations which favour areas of extreme deprivation will see some clinical commissioning groups receive cash growth of up to 15 per cent next year, with others receiving increases of less than 5 per cent.
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.
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.
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.
NHS England has released details of three arbitration cases between commissioners and trusts, which were arguing over millions in funding.
Commissioning leaders are aiming to save £50m a year by standardising policies in elective care across their sustainability and transformation partnership footprint.
A single chief officer has been appointed across neighbouring clinical commissioning groups in West Yorkshire.
A major reconfiguration of critical care in Yorkshire has been delayed after commissioners agreed reducing bed numbers “would not be safe”.
One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.
All the clinical commissioning groups across a sustainability and transformation plan footprint have signed up to form a commissioning committee covering the whole patch.
Cancer diagnosis in accident and emergency departments are three times more likely in some parts of England than others, HSJ analysis reveals.
Commissioners in Yorkshire have approved an 18 month moratorium on prescribing expensive, non-routine treatments as part of plans to save more than £2m.
New “accountable care organisations” will strengthen commissioning services in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, according to its published sustainability and transformation plan.
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.
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.
STRUCTURE: Commissioners may consult on plans to reconfigure acute services in Halifax and Huddersfield that would see the larger town lose its emergency services.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
STRUCTURE: A troubled Yorkshire trust has brought in consultants to draw up a reconfiguration plan for its two acute hospitals.
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.