NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG

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Region aims to clear all two-year waiters by March

An NHS region is aiming to have no patients waiting more than two years on its waiting lists by the end of March.

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Exclusive: Multiple whistleblowers flag ‘heartbreaking’ incidents at major trust

Clinicians within a major teaching hospital’s cancer services have raised multiple concerns over patient safety, which they believe have resulted from badly planned service changes in response to the covid crisis.

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Exclusive: Region could run out of critical care beds in two weeks

Hospitals in the Midlands could exceed their maximum number of critical care beds in just two weeks, data leaked to HSJ indicates.

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Trust becomes the first to record 1,000 covid-19 deaths

University Hospitals Birmingham FT has become the first trust to record more than 1,000 deaths from covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, new data has revealed.

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City plans ‘integrated care system for mental health’

Local mental health commissioning may be transferred to NHS providers under a new contract in one of the UK’s biggest cities.


Exclusive: Trust CEO subject to ‘fit and proper person’ review

The chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust is facing a fit and proper persons review following a critical employment tribunal hearing,HSJ  can reveal.

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Exclusive: Senior doctors warned of service failings before 12 deaths

Senior doctors repeatedly raised concerns over safety and staffing problems at a mental health trust before a cluster of 12 deaths, an HSJ investigation has found.


NHSE defends primary care cuts for marginalised patients

NHS England/Improvement has defended a clinical commissioning group over planned cuts to services aimed at health inequalities facing marginalised groups.

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‘Appalling’ primary care cuts for minority ethnic patients

A GP surgery will lose funding for services designed to address health inequalities facing black, Asian and minority ethnic patients, while others serving deprived areas also face cuts, under a system-wide review commissioners.

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Hundreds recalled as consultant accused of ‘unnecessary’ surgery

A surgeon has been accused of carrying out “unnecessary” shoulder operations on several NHS patients at a private hospital linked to the Ian Paterson scandal, with 217 patients recalled.

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HSJ’s 10 most read integration and system change stories of 2019

As we come to the closing days of 2019, HSJ reveals its most read stories on integration and system change for the year.

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New triage process helps struggling service cut waiting list by 30pc

An overhaul in the pathway for a flagship mental health service in Birmingham has led to a 30 per cent decrease in its waiting list since June.

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Babylon given the green light to expand in Birmingham

A cap on the number of patients that can register at Babylon GP at Hand’s new Birmingham service will be lifted next month, providing certain criteria are met, after commissioners backed the move this afternoon.

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Plan to break up CCG rejected

Sandwell and West Birmingham GPs have rejected a proposal to break-up their clinical commissioning group, despite the city’s local medical committee saying a vote against the split would be a “disaster”.

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Babylon PCN is a temporary arrangement, confirms NHSE

A primary care network composed only of Babylon’s GP at Hand is only a temporary measure while NHS England conducts a review of digital first providers and out of area registration.

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Babylon GP at Hand launches Birmingham clinic this week

Controversial digital GP practice Babylon GP at Hand has officially launched a new clinic in Birmingham, offering services in the city from tomorrow.

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GP at Hand’s Birmingham practice faces catchment area limits

Restrictions are set to be placed on Babylon GP at Hand’s new practice in Birmingham, including the size of its catchment area and the number of patients who can sign up to services.

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More STPs being 'milked' to bail out neighbours

More health systems are being asked to bailout their neighbours after national regulators introduced new regional financial targets, HSJ has learned.

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'Outstanding' trust blocks GP referrals to under pressure service

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Foundation Trust has stopped all new referrals to one of its paediatric specialities due to capacity problems, local GPs have been told.


Commissioners reject funding request for in demand service

Commissioners in the West Midlands have rejected a request for additional mental health funding, despite an increase in case loads and concerns raised over patient safety.