FINANCE: NHS Bury CCG is anticipating it will have a further £6.4m taken out of its budget to fund specialised commissioning during 2013-14, board papers state.
PERFORMANCE: Recent board papers warn of a decrease in the response times of ambulances against the contracted target across Bury PCT.
FINANCE: NHS Bury has received 230 retrospective claims for continuing healthcare funding, according to NHS Greater Manchester’s latest finance report.
PERFORMANCE: NHS Bury’s rate of C difficile infection was higher than planned in the first four months of 2012-13, latest NHS Greater Manchester board papers state.
COMMERCIAL: Twenty three NHS and private sector providers have been awarded “any qualified provider” contracts to offer direct access diagnostics across Greater Manchester.
PERFORMANCE: NHS Bury is now receiving daily notifications about incidences of Clostridium difficile from Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, in a drive to tackle rates of infection in the area, clinical commissioners report.
WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board has appointed six directors for its Greater Manchester local area team.
PERFORMANCE: Just 830 people in NHS Bury’s catchment were offered health checks in the first quarter of 2012-13, against a target of 2,000, NHS Greater Manchester board papers show.
PERFORMANCE: “Unvalidated figures” show that Pennine Acute achieved all national standards for referral-to-treatment waiting times in July, commissioner board papers state.
FINANCE: The foundation trust nearly doubled its turnover in 2011-12 through the Transforming Community Services programme of transferring commissioners’ provider arms, its annual report shows.
STRUCTURE: Greater Manchester’s clinical commissioning groups are developing a pact to work collectively after April 2013, to ensure they are strong enough to deal with powerful hospital providers.
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PERFORMANCE: NHS Bury has “enforced contractual levers” in a bid to increase the speed at which the trust refers patients in need of specialist cancer treatment, board papers state.
FINANCE: At the end of November the primary care trust was forecasting it would overspend its secondary care budget by £8m this year, its latest finance report shows.
FINANCE: Primary care trusts in the cluster lost £2.6m through underuse of contracted independent sector providers in the first eight months of this year, compared with £4.5m for the same period in 2010-11, its latest finance report shows.
COMMERCIAL: The Greater Manchester cluster of primary care trusts has signed a contract worth an estimated £1.8m for the provision of home oxygen services to all 10 PCTs in the area.
STRUCTURE: The NHS Greater Manchester ‘cluster’ of primary care trusts has proposed that it take over responsibility funds held to support the Making it Better reconfiguration of the city’s maternity services.
FINANCE: The primary care trust was forecasting it would break even for 2011-12 at the end of October after receiving an additional £3m in-year allocation, its latest finance report shows.
FINANCE: PCTs across Greater Manchester are making reasonable progress towards their year-end financial targets with just two areas - NHS Bolton and NHS Oldham - behind plan.