QUALITY: The former chief executive of Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust has apologised for not tackling the organisation’s problems more quickly.
STRUCTURE: The majority of stroke patients in Greater Manchester will be treated at specialist hospitals, under plans to increase the centralisation of services which it is hoped could save 50 lives a year.
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.
COMMERCIAL: Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale’s clinical commissioning group will this week be asked to approve the award of a £1.36m contract for community IV therapy to not-for-profit provider Mastercall.
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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COMMERCIAL: The primary care trust’s board was asked to approve contract extensions for two independent sector-run clinical assessment and treatment services (CATS).
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.
PERFORMANCE: 250 of the trust’s patients will be transferred to the private sector in an effort to improve waiting times at Pennine Acute, one of its commissioners has reported.
FINANCE: At the end of October 2011 the primary care trust had under-spent its budget to the value of £1.7m, according to its latest finance report.
STRUCTURE: Three GP groups within Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT have merged to form a single CCG, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG.
STRUCTURE: Podiatry, diagnostics and adult hearing services will be opened up to competition from any qualified provider by the primary care trust NHS Manchester in 2012, according to a new “AQP map” published by the Department of Health.
PERFORMANCE: A rise in child TB cases has led to a renewed emphasis on the disease by Greater Manchester PCTs.
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.
FINANCE: Greater Manchester PCTs have identified podiatry and diagnostics as priorities for introducing any qualified provider.
PERFORMANCE: Infection control teams in Greater Manchester PCTs would struggle to cope with disease outbreaks over the winter months, the area’s cluster board heard.
FINANCE: PCTs across the North West are being recommended to approve a contract for Air Liquide (Homecare) Ltd to provide home oxygen services across the region.