NHS Stoke on Trent CCG

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GPs reject merger ‘driven by NHS England’

GPs have voted against proposals to merge six clinical commissioning groups in Staffordshire, after being told the plans were “driven by NHS England”, HSJ has learned.

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CQC imposes conditions on major trauma centre

One of the busiest accident and emergency departments in the country has had conditions imposed on its registration by the Care Quality Commission after an inspection identified patient safety concerns.

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Revealed: The new CCG ratings

Sixty-three clinical commissioning groups have seen their overall performance ratings change over the past year, according to NHS England’s latest assessment framework.

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Finance director of struggling CCGs resigns

The chief finance officer for six clinical commissioning groups facing financial difficulties has resigned.

Jonnie Meek

High Court orders second inquest into 'cover up' child death

The High Court has ordered a new inquest into the death of a three-year-old boy at Stafford Hospital following new evidence which called into doubt the original verdict.

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NHS England to arbitrate on £20m of disputed payments

Around £20m in disputed payments between trusts and commissioners have been referred to NHS England for arbitration so far this financial year, board papers have revealed.

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Financial regime has cost us £19m, says struggling trust

An acute trust in special measures has claimed the national financial regime for NHS trusts has resulted in £19m of extra costs and lost income.

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Troubled commissioners reveal £34m financial hole

Commissioning leaders in northern Staffordshire have admitted they will miss their financial plans by more than £30m in 2018-19.

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Government ranks areas on health and social care joint working

A league table rating performance on patient flow between the boundaries of health and social care has been published, as the Care Quality Commission announces it will continue local area reviews ahead of possible inspections of council commissioning.

Jonnie Meek

Solicitor general backs CCG bid for new inquest after HSJ exposé

The attorney general’s office has backed a bid for a new inquest into the death of a three-year-old boy at Stafford Hospital following an alleged “cover up”.

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Revealed: Millions of patients denied access to extended GP hours

More than five million patients have no access to extended GP opening hours with new NHS England data showing those CCGs which are furthest away from meeting national deadline.

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NHS Improvement rejects trust's bid for extra beds funding

A trust with a bed deficit of more than 100 has had its bid for funding to open more beds rejected by NHS Improvement, HSJ has learned.

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Trust extends winter pressures plan until summer

A trust with one of the worst-performing emergency departments in the country is planning to keep its extra winter capacity open until the summer, HSJ can reveal.

Jonnie Meek

Bid for new inquest after child death 'cover up'

The attorney general is considering granting a second inquest into the death of a three year old boy who died at Stafford Hospital after three independent experts have backed his parents and cast doubt on the original investigation.

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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.

Stoke-on-Trent

City's care system puts older people 'at significant risk'

The health and wellbeing of older people in Stoke-on-Trent is being put at “significant risk” by poor joint working between the council and clinical commissioning group, the Care Quality Commission has found.

Marcus Warnes

CCGs appoint joint accountable officer to cover entire county

The six clinical commissioning groups covering Staffordshire have appointed a single accountable officer.

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Exclusive: GPs back CCG shake up despite 'no confidence' vote

Commissioners in Staffordshire have received endorsement from members for their plans to appoint a single accountable officer, despite GPs previously submitting a vote of no confidence in the CCGs.

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GPs oppose 'huge and unwieldy' STP plans

GPs in North Staffordshire have said they want to see a new multispecialty community provider set up for the region instead of the larger organisation covering the whole county outlined in its sustainability and transformation partnership.

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CCGs abandon £535m flagship prime provider contract

A tender worth half a billion pounds for end of life care services in Staffordshire has been abandoned due to the development of the area’s STP and difficulties, satisfying the new national scrutiny process, HSJ has learned.