NHS Shropshire CCG

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Financially-challenged CCG appoints new chief ahead of merger

Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin clinical commissioning groups have appointed a joint accountable officer ahead of their upcoming merger in 2020.

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Hancock gives controversial reconfiguration the green light

Matt Hancock has given a controversial A&E reconfiguration the green light following almost a decade of delays.

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Chair orders review of whistleblowing concerns

The chair of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust has commissioned an independent review, following allegations the trust failed to properly investigate concerns around asbestos exposure.

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Revealed: Nearly half of CCGs planning mergers for 2020

Nearly half of clinical commissioning groups are proposing to merge next year in what would be the biggest cull of NHS organisations for more than a decade, HSJ can reveal.

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Revealed: The new CCG ratings

Sixty-three clinical commissioning groups have seen their overall performance ratings change over the past year, according to NHS England’s latest assessment framework.

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Maternity probe now considering more than 250 cases

An independent inquiry into alleged poor maternity care at an NHS trust is now considering more than 250 separate cases, HSJ has learned.

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NHSI stands down review panel over 'cover up' concern

A controversial panel set up by NHS Improvement to review the findings of an independent investigation into poor maternity care has been disbanded after HSJ exposed concerns it was a “cover up” and that its members were conflicted.

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NHSI accused of 'cover up' over maternity deaths investigation

NHS Improvement, two royal colleges and the Care Quality Commission have been accused by a mother who lost her baby of trying to cover-up the findings of an independent investigation into a trusts’ maternity services.

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'Inadequate' trust's controversial hospital reconfiguration approved

Plans to reconfigure acute services in Shropshire, resulting in the downgrading of one A&E, have been given the green light by commissioners.

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'Flexible' pay cap helps trust avoid A&E closure

A trust has reversed its decision to close one of its accident and emergency departments overnight after being given flexibility over the pay cap for agency doctors.

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Revealed: Third of population overseen by 13 CCG leaders

Almost a third of England’s population is now overseen by 13 clinical commissioning group leaders, according to new analysis.

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Review of 1,400 patients after 'inappropriate' treatment concerns

Fears over the “inappropriate” treatment of children and young people with autism has prompted a review of 1,400 cases in a trust’s under pressure mental health service.

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Trust prosecuted for asbestos failings

An NHS trust in the West Midlands is to be prosecuted for asbestos failures by the Health and Safety Executive.

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Chief officer for West Midlands CCG to step down

The accountable officer for Shropshire clinical commissioning group has announced his intention to retire next March

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Exclusive: More than 100 maternity cases to be probed at Midlands trust

More than 100 cases of allegedly poor maternity care at a troubled NHS trust are now set to be independently investigated - after earlier concerns highlighted by HSJ led to more families coming forward.

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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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Exclusive: Dozens more maternity failings exposed at scandal hit trust

Dozens more cases of poor care have been uncovered at a hospital’s maternity service, which is already under investigation for failing 23 families, HSJ has learned.

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Updated: Nurses walk away from ‘unsustainable’ A&E amid safety fears

Five nurses have resigned from an “unsustainable” A&E department in the last two months with at least one leaving after raising safety concerns.

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Judge criticises CCGs for spending public money on 'expensive lawyers'

A judge has criticised two clinical commissioning groups for spending public money on “expensive lawyers” in a ruling on funding of care for patients registered in another area.

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CCGs drop children's mental health restriction after national 'advice'

Commissioners have backtracked on decisions not to accept out of area children who are in care of its under pressure mental health service.