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.
Five clinical commissioning groups have significantly improved their ratings in the new assessment framework published by NHS England.
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.
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.
Consolidating specialist hospital services on to two sites and creating a string of multispecialty community providers are key elements of the latest sustainability and transformation plan to be published.
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.
STRUCTURE: Plans are being drawn up to turn the North East’s commissioning support unit into a company owned by its customer CCGs.
COMMERICAL: A Yorkshire trust has complained to Monitor about a tender process which resulted in the loss of a £190m mental health contract.
WORKFORCE: South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust chief executive Tricia Hart is to retire.
PEFORMANCE: South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust been rated ‘requires improvement’ by the Care Quality Commission.
COMMERCIAL: The North of England Commissioning Support has been recognised at the European Shared Services and Outsourcing Network Excellence Awards.
PRIMARY CARE: Pharmacies in the North East have started to provide free pain killers so that patients with minor ailments do not have to make appointments with their GPs.
COMMERCIAL: A North East trust has announced it is outsourcing payroll services to a trust in Lancashire, affecting up to 37 members of staff.
PERFORMANCE: South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust has failed to meet its admitted standard for 18 week referral to treatment times for three consecutive quarters.
STRUCTURE: Clinical commissioning groups in the North East and Cumbria have formed a collaborative group for joint contracting, system leadership and sharing expertise.