NHS Dorset CCG

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Distance not always factor in ambulance response times

There is significant variation in ambulance response times to patients with serious conditions such as suspected strokes or heart attacks, which is not fully explained by how rural an area is, an HSJ analysis has revealed.

RBH

Landmark FT merger goes back to competition regulator

Two Dorset foundation trusts have welcomed the launch of the latest regulatory investigation into their proposed merger, which was infamously blocked seven years ago.

Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Hancock backs controversial A&E downgrade

The health secretary has given the green light to a major overhaul of Dorset’s acute hospital services, including the long-planned downgrade of Poole’s A&E department.

Sharon Brennan (june 18)

The dearth of system leaders

Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping health and care systems, NHS providers, primary care, and commissioning. This week by integration correspondent, Sharon Brennan.

Poole hospital

Bosses still confident of NHS’ longest-running merger, despite delays

A trust merger which was first proposed in 2011 has been delayed again – this time by up to 18 months.

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Tens of millions in STP tech funding held back

More than £35m of central tech funding for NHS providers was held back last year, with at least one region losing out after local organisations failed to reach a financial deal.

Lizard Cornwall

Coroner report sparks concern over lack of ADHD services

Experts have warned commissioners are being “short-sighted” in their lack of support for adults with ADHD, with many areas failing to provide a diagnosis service.

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An open-book approach to finances

Tim Goodson explains how a two-year financial collaborative agreement, committing all four providers in Dorset and Dorset CCG to take joint decisions and agree a system control total, has left them better placed to serve their population

Poole hospital

Second council supports referral to Hancock over £150m reconfiguration

Health chiefs in Dorset have “confidence” in their plans to reconfigure acute services in the county despite two local authorities asking for a review by health secretary Matt Hancock, they have said.

Chris ham

King’s Fund chief: Regulators poised for 'huge mistake' on integration

National leaders are threatening to make a “huge mistake” in the NHS long-term plan by imposing a national blueprint for integrated care systems, the King’s Fund chief executive has said.

Dorset

Trust leader retires after 21 years in CEO role

A trust leader has announced his retirement after 21 years as an NHS provider chief executive.

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Revealed: Babylon’s national expansion push

Digital health company Babylon Healthcare has contacted more than a dozen clinical commissioning groups as it pushes for expansion across the country, including extending its NHS GP partnership to two new cities.

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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Acute reconfiguration to go ahead after CCG wins judicial review

Plans to reconfigure acute services and merge two NHS trusts have been boosted after a judicial review was dismissed by a High Court judge.

Chief executive interview: Tony Spotswood, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals Foundation Trust

This is the latest in a series of interviews with provider chief executives, which are available exclusively to HSJ Membership subscribers. Each month in 2018 a member of the HSJ expert team will conduct a challenging, candid and in-depth interview with a provider trust boss.

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Exclusive: NHS national deal with Microsoft imminent

The NHS is close to signing a new national contract with Microsoft to provide Windows 10 nationally, as the first anniversary on WannaCry cyberattack approaches, HSJ can reveal.

Poole hospital

Legal challenge pushes back £147m hospital reconfiguration

Plans to split two hospitals into emergency and elective care centres as part of a £147m reconfiguration are being held up by a judicial review, which could delay a long awaited trust merger.

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Government interrogates prices to stymie £200m-plus drugs overspend

Government has begun intensively monitoring new information on the generic drug market to try to stymie additional costs which are running into hundreds of millions of pounds, HSJ has been told.

Dave west expert briefing

The Commissioner: New commissioners - an ACS leader

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

Poole hospital

Long awaited merger pushed to April 2019

Local NHS leaders have amended the estimated finish date of a long awaited merger in the South West, which they say will make it easier to achieve major service reconfiguration.