Leaders of two acute hospital trusts have agreed to go ahead with plans to merge into one organisation.
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The last commissioner with advanced plans to award an accountable care organisation contract has scaled back its proposals, HSJ can reveal.
Health leaders in the North East have warned councillors of the “significant risk” to protecting patient safety if they seek to block a reconfiguration of “vulnerable” acute services.
Commissioners in the North East have approved plans to shift a range of hospital based services from South Tyneside to Sunderland.
There is a risk of a “loss of momentum” in new care models ahead of a major shift in their funding in the next financial year, the GP lead for two national vanguards has warned.
Clinical leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnerships are defying public health guidelines and refusing to commission flu antivirals, HSJ can reveal.
A clinical commissioning group has three months to decide if it will join the region’s strategic joint committee of CCGs.
Providing talking therapies to patients with long term conditions saved nearly £200,000 for physical health services in one trailblazing site, data shared exclusively with HSJ shows.
Health leaders are in discussions over merging three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships to create the largest in the country, HSJ can reveal.
Hospital based stroke, maternity, gynaecology and paediatric services could be shifted from South Tyneside to Sunderland as part of a major overhaul in services.
Commissioning leaders across three sustainability and transformation partnership footprints are considering creating a joint commissioning committee with delegated decision making powers.
A leading vanguard project is planning to draw up a £340m contract to get a single provider to run its new care model by April 2018, HSJ can reveal.
A commissioning support unit is to be turned into a community interest company owned by its CCG customers, according to the region’s sustainability and transformation plan.
Public sector leaders should set a target for ”radically” increasing preventative spending and create a dedicated investment pot for it, according to a commission chaired by the Public Health England chief executive.
PRIMARY CARE: A GP has resigned following the procurement of a primary care contract that merges three Sunderland practices.
PRIMARY CARE: Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group has been forced to tender a contract for GP services across three practices for a second time since January after the first attempt attracted no viable bids.
COMMERCIAL: Commissioners in the North East are urgently searching for providers to take on three “emergency” GP surgery contracts from March, with the provision of primary care services for over 13,000 patients at risk.
Six clinical commissioning groups will see real terms cuts to their core budgets next year, according to financial allocations published by NHS England.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.