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Region rejects regulator’s efficiency proposal

Pathologists in the west of England are set to ditch national proposals to centralise their laboratories after describing the idea as worse than the present situation.

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Exclusive: Death review backlog still growing despite NHSE commitment

A backlog of thousands of deaths of people with learning disabilities awaiting official review has grown further, despite NHS England committing in spring last year to “address” the buildup.

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CCG warns of large financial gap

A large clinical commissioning group has admitted it will miss its financial plan by around £13m, due to higher than expected spending on continuing healthcare costs.

Claire Murdoch

HSJ’s 10 most read mental health stories of 2019

As we get ready to say goodbye to 2019, HSJ takes a look back at the 10 most read mental health stories of the year.

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Regulator criticised system’s leaders for ‘critical incident’ response

An NHS England/Improvement regional manager has reported “serious concern” about the handling of a “critical incident”, in which an entire health economy was subjected to extreme operational pressure, HSJ can reveal.

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‘Temporary’ A&E overnight closure made permanent

The “temporary” overnight closure of one of England’s smallest accident and emergency departments is set to become permanent, following a unanimous vote by commissioners.

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NHS England launches independent review of teen death cover-up

An independent review is to be held into the death of a teenager after a clinical commissioning group interfered in an earlier investigation.

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CCG awards £1.2bn community services contract

A social enterprise has seen off two other rivals to win a £1.2bn community health contract aimed at bringing services together under one provider.

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NHSE to step in after CCG rewrote teenager's mortality review

NHS England is to issue new guidance to clinical commissioning groups in the wake of an alleged cover-up of a teenager’s avoidable death.

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CCG rewrote mortality review to eliminate blame

A clinical commissioning group altered a review of the death of a teenager with a learning disability – including removing a finding that it was “avoidable” – sparking concern that the national system may be flawed.

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CQC launches criminal prosecution of trust

The Care Quality Commission is prosecuting an NHS trust for allegedly failing to provide safe care to one of its patients.

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Trusts at risk of losing millions in tariff row

Hospital trusts along the Welsh border are at risk of losing millions of pounds this year, as a cross-border dispute over tariffs drags on.

Weston General Hospital

CCG backs downgrade of 'temporarily closed' A&E

Commissioners are set to approve the permanent downgrade of the A&E department at the country’s smallest hospital trust.

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Health secretary asked to halt £1bn community services tender

An MP has asked health secretary Matt Hancock to halt the “potentially disastrous” procurement of community services worth more than £1bn, after claiming the process does not align with the NHS long-term plan.

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Incumbents to compete for £1.2bn community contract

Community providers in the south west will compete to take over each other’s services after the local CCG announced it would accept only single-provider bids for a new £1.2bn contract.

Weston General Hospital

Downgrade proposed for A&E at country's smallest trust

The country’s smallest hospital trust could lose its A&E service under proposals that will be put to the public for consultation next year.

Weston General Hospital

A&E unit’s fate to be decided next year

The fate of one of the NHS’ smallest emergency departments will be decided “later next year”, commissioners announced this month.

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CCG to tender billion pound community services contract

A community services contract, worth £1.7bn, is set to be procured by commissioners in the South West of England

Claire Murdoch

Revealed: One in 10 CCGs flout key NHS spending pledge

One in 10 clinical commissioning groups have cut their mental health spending according to new figures from NHS England, more than double the previous year.

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High paid interims at overspending organisations revealed

Some of the most cash strapped clinical commissioning groups in the country have paid out hundreds of thousands of pounds for interim executives – despite a promised NHS England crackdown on their use, an HSJ investigation has revealed.