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CCGs fear patients will stockpile drugs ahead of Brexit

Multiple clinical commissioning groups have raised concerns that patients will start stockpiling medicines and costs will rise if a Brexit deal is not confirmed soon.

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New CCG ratings revealed

Five clinical commissioning groups have significantly improved their ratings in the new assessment framework published by NHS England.

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Exclusive: CCGs U-turn on ‘de-humanising’ funding policies after legal threat

Thirteen clinical commissioning groups have performed a U-turn on “de-humanising” funding policies, after being threatened with legal action by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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Watchdog threatens 13 CCGs with legal action over 'discrimination'

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has written to 13 clinical commissioning groups threatening legal action over “discriminatory” funding policies for people with serious long term health conditions.

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STP commissioners appoint single leader

A single accountable officer will lead all four clinical commissioning groups across a West Midlands sustainability and transformation partnership.

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Analysis: The areas struggling most with cancer targets

Cancer patients in three counties are at greater risk of death than elsewhere in the country because of slow referrals and late diagnosis, official data reveals.

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Trust selected as accountable care 'integrator' for county

Worcestershire commissioners have chosen a community and mental health trust to be an “integrator” for accountable care across the county.

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Former PCT chief appointed to chair STP

The Worcestershire and Herefordshire sustainability and transformation partnership has appointed veteran NHS manager Charles Waddicor as its independent chair.

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CCGs facing 'significant financial risk' after generic drug price surge

Clinical commissioning groups are facing “significant financial risk” this financial year due to supply issues pushing up the prices they have to pay for generic drugs.

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Three CCGs move towards merger

Three West Midlands clinical commissioning groups will will hold their governing body meetings and share the majority of their members ahead of a possible merger in 2019.

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CCG trio appoints joint accountable officer

Three West Midlands clinical commissioning groups have appointed their first joint accountable officer – a year after they merged their leadership team.

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Three CCGs to appoint joint accountable officer

Three clinical commissioning groups in the West Midlands are set to appoint a single accountable officer, HSJ has learned.

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Revealed: Under pressure trust raises bar to admit patients

A struggling trust has said it must to raise the “acuity threshold” for emergency admissions and discharge due to a surge in the number of people attending its accident and emergency department, HSJ has learned.

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CCGs claim rationing decision based on Right Care programme

One of the three West Midlands CCGs that plans to ration knee and hip operations to save £2m a year has said it was advised by an NHS England official prior to making the decision.

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Troubled trust given two month deadline to fix safety concerns

A troubled West Midlands acute trust has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it has two months to make significant safety improvements, HSJ has learned.

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'No justification' for CCGs' rationing, says royal college

The Royal College of Surgeons has said there is “no clinical justification” for three CCGs’ plan to greatly reduce eligibility for knee and hip replacements, which could save £2m a year.

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Trust sought millions in compensation for 'horrendous' handover delays

An ambulance trust sought millions of pounds in compensation from commissioners for “horrendous” handover delays as part of 2017-18 contract negotiations, HSJ has learnt.

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NHS England agrees £29m acute reconfiguration plan

NHS England given approval in principle for £29m of capital spending to pay for the reconfiguration of acute services at Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust.

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A&E closures not ruled out in troubled STP patch

The new health system for Hereford and Worcestershire has requested national support to help consolidate back office services across all of its NHS organisations and local councils.

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CCGs consider sweeping restrictions to plug £25m hole

FINANCE: A group of clinical commissioning groups in the Midlands have outlined proposals for wide ranging restrictions to NHS services in order to close a £25m funding gap.