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money efficiency

CCGs to stunt GP spending growth in national savings drive

Commissioners in Cheshire are set to cut the growth in their primary care budgets in response to the national capped expenditure process, HSJ can reveal.

University Hospitals of North staffordshire Foundation Trust

CCG leader appointed director of troubled STP

A commissioning leader from the North West has been appointed as director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent sustainability and transformation partnership, HSJ has learned.

contract

Long-running contract row settled by trust and CCGs

The dispute over a multimillion pound contract between a foundation trust and its two clinical commissioning groups has ended after an expert determination.

Lawrence dunhill expert briefing

VAT risk for major Manchester contract

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. By Lawrence Dunhill

Lawrence dunhill expert briefing

North by North West: Crashing the devo party

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. By Lawrence Dunhill

Lawrence dunhill expert briefing

North by North West: The £6bn contract

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. By Lawrence Dunhill

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Four CCGs to create 'unified commissioner' and consider merger

Four clinical commissioning groups in the North West plan to establish a “unified health commissioner” that could lead to a formal merger of the organisations.

contract

Trust and CCGs locked in costly contract dispute

A foundation trust and its local commissioners are locked in a dispute over its 2016-17 and 2017-18 contracts, which has not been resolved despite meetings with Simon Stevens and Jim Mackey.

Lawrence dunhill expert briefing

North by North West: The unproven case for extended GP access

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. By Lawrence Dunhill

Lawrence dunhill expert briefing

North by North West: How not to transform the NHS

Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. By Lawrence Dunhill

surgery

CCGs ration hip and knee surgery for obese patients

Commissioners in Cheshire have introduced new restrictions to hip and knee replacements for obese patients, which appear to contradict national guidance.

Dave west expert briefing

The Commissioner: Who wants to be a combined authority?

What NHS England isn’t telling you, and more indispensable weekly insight for commissioners, by Dave West

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'Unsettling period' for community services trust losing £24m contract

East Cheshire Trust is to lose a £24m contract for community services from October after commissioners served notice on the trust, HSJ can reveal.

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.

Cheshire

Revealed: Second commissioning support tender winner

The second tender for commissioning support services awarded via NHS England’s procurement framework has gone to Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit.

Bob Rickets

CCGs must buy external support services, NHS England says

NHS England has told clinical commissioning groups in the north to jointly go to market to procure vital support services.

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust

Monitor to investigate finances at four northern FTs

FINANCE: Monitor has launched unrelated investigations into the finances at four foundation trusts in the north of England.

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Two Cheshire CCGs propose merger

STRUCTURE: Two clinical commissioning groups in Cheshire are planning to formally merge.

Manchester

Exclusive: Jobs at risk as NHS England rejects two CSU bids

Two commissioning support units have not made it on to NHS England’s procurement framework, placing their viability and the futures of around 2,200 staff in doubt, HSJ has learned

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Exclusive: CSU boss suspended amid governance investigation

A commissioning support unit managing director has been suspended from work for more than two months, HSJ has learned.