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Five CCGs forced to make £50m savings

Five clinical commissioning groups in Sussex have to save £50m in the next nine months to achieve an agreed £65m deficit – and to gain access to sustainability funding.

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CCGs face losing millions after contract collapse

Seven clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are trying to recover £7.4m from a collapsed private provider but could face a counter-claim from administrators, HSJ has learned.

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Single accountable officer to lead six CCGs

Six clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are to share an accountable officer from next week – at the request of NHS England.

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New CCG alliance brings in consultants to review governance

Four clinical commissioning groups that formed an alliance at the start of the year have hired PwC to carry out a review of their governance.

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Regulator criticises 'passive and unwieldy' STP

A sustainability and transformation partnership had “not begun to function effectively” when the Care Quality Commission carried out a local system review at the end of 2017.

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CCGs move to claw back cash from failed transport firm

Clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are taking legal advice on whether they can get money back from a failed patient transport operator.

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Exclusive: Private patient transport firm to be dissolved

A company that was heavily criticised over a shambolic patient transport services contract in Sussex is to be dissolved, Companies House has confirmed.

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CCGs to share leader in move towards 'alliance'

Four clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are to share a single accountable officer as they start working as a “commissioning alliance”.

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Independent hospital provider to NHS rated outstanding

An independent provider has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

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CCG pays ambulance staff wages following private provider dispute

Commissioners in Sussex paid a total of £642,000 in wages to former NHS staff after their private company employer ceased trading, HSJ can reveal.

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Analysis: Commissioners have questions to answer over failed contract

The “phased withdrawal” of Coperforma from providing Sussex’s patient transport service has been greeted with a sigh of relief from unions and many patients. But it leaves many questions unanswered.

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Company 'disappointed' to give up patient transport contract after seven months

Coperforma, the company which is handing back its Sussex patient transport contract, has said it is “disappointed” but has not commented on a critical inspection report.

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Updated: Patient transport firm to relinquish contract after CQC concerns

An independent patient transport provider is to hand back a £63m contract to the NHS, as it was revealed the Care Quality Commission has served six improvement notices on it.

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Deficit forecast quadruples at financial special measures trust

A leading teaching hospital is forecasting a £60m deficit this financial year – nearly four times its control total.

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CCG steps in to pay owed wages in patient transport debacle

A clinical commissioning group has paid the wages owed to the staff of a patient transport services subcontractor, amid a dispute with the main provider.

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Memory test showed value of keeping it local

The results of a pilot memory assessment service showed the value of delivering dementia services within primary care

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Trust to review patient homicides following manslaughter case

LEGAL: An independent review will examine the cases of patients at Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust who went on to kill after a patient was found guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

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CCGs order inquiry into disrupted switch to private transport firm

PERFORMANCE: Clinical commissioning groups in Sussex have ordered an independent inquiry into the troubled start of a new patient transport service.

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Private firm may have been only bidder for £12m a year contract

COMMISSIONING: The company in charge of patient transport services in Sussex may have been the only bidder for the £12m a year contract, HSJ has learned.

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MP and union demand improvement from private transport service

Less than a week after new providers took over patient transport services in Sussex an MP is warning she will raise issues with ministers if they are not resolved quickly, while union members have also been balloted over strike action.