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Exclusive: Regulator launches independent review into care of vulnerable man

NHS England and Improvement have launched an independent review into the care and death of a man with learning disabilities, following concerns raised by HSJ. 

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CCGs face external review into handling of troubled contract

An independent review triggered by NHS England will examine the oversight and management of a troubled children’s autism service by local commissioners, HSJ has learned.

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Children feared ‘lost to the system’ by failing service

Parents fear their children have been “lost to the system” because of problems with staffing and assessment delays in a failing service.

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GPs reject merger ‘driven by NHS England’

GPs have voted against proposals to merge six clinical commissioning groups in Staffordshire, after being told the plans were “driven by NHS England”, HSJ has learned.

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Provider withdraws services amid contract dispute

Children with autism have been left in limbo after a private provider withdrew the majority of its services amid a dispute with commissioners.

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Finance director of struggling CCGs resigns

The chief finance officer for six clinical commissioning groups facing financial difficulties has resigned.

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High Court orders second inquest into 'cover up' child death

The High Court has ordered a new inquest into the death of a three-year-old boy at Stafford Hospital following new evidence which called into doubt the original verdict.

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Financial regime has cost us £19m, says struggling trust

An acute trust in special measures has claimed the national financial regime for NHS trusts has resulted in £19m of extra costs and lost income.

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Troubled commissioners reveal £34m financial hole

Commissioning leaders in northern Staffordshire have admitted they will miss their financial plans by more than £30m in 2018-19.

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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.

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Solicitor general backs CCG bid for new inquest after HSJ exposé

The attorney general’s office has backed a bid for a new inquest into the death of a three-year-old boy at Stafford Hospital following an alleged “cover up”.

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Bid for new inquest after child death 'cover up'

The attorney general is considering granting a second inquest into the death of a three year old boy who died at Stafford Hospital after three independent experts have backed his parents and cast doubt on the original investigation.

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CCGs appoint joint accountable officer to cover entire county

The six clinical commissioning groups covering Staffordshire have appointed a single accountable officer.

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Leader stepping down at poorly rated STP

The leader of one of the most poorly rated STPs is expected to step down and be replaced.

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CCGs abandon £535m flagship prime provider contract

A tender worth half a billion pounds for end of life care services in Staffordshire has been abandoned due to the development of the area’s STP and difficulties, satisfying the new national scrutiny process, HSJ has learned.

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CCG leader appointed director of troubled STP

A commissioning leader from the North West has been appointed as director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent sustainability and transformation partnership, HSJ has learned.

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Trust chair steps in to lead STP

NHS England has appointed a community trust chair as interim leader for the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent sustainability and transformation partnership, following failure to recruit a permanent head since November.

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Flagship £690m cancer procurement abandoned over financial fears

A controversial tender for cancer services in Staffordshire worth £687m has been abandoned after a consortium led by a private provider failed to convince commissioners its offer was financially viable.

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Staffordshire still unsustainable after 'failed' Mid Staffs dissolution

NHS organisations in Staffordshire are facing huge deficits after the Mid Staffordshire trust special administration process did not deliver a sustainable solution for the health economy.

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Children's lives put at risk at Stafford hospital, royal college warns

Children’s lives were put at risk because of unsafe emergency services at Stafford Hospital, a review by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has warned.