WORKFORCE: Practice nursing is facing a future workforce crisis in the East of England, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.
WORKFORCE: The total number of health visitors in Cambridgeshire and Luton needs to double by 2015 to meet the government’s pledge to provide 4200 extra health visitors nationally.
FINANCE: NHS Luton was on track to break even but has identified around £2m of pressures, September’s board meeting heard.
PERFORMANCE: The Luton and Bedfordshire PCT cluster is being monitored monthly by its strategic health authority, after a “significant drop” in performance at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital.
WORKFORCE: Chairs have been appointed for the five primary care trust clusters that now commission NHS healthcare in the East of England region.
FINANCE: NHS East of England has raised a series of concerns over plans for quality and productivity savings by a primary care trust cluster in its region.
FINANCE: The primary care trust has revised down its required efficiency savings by almost a quarter, following the release of the NHS operating framework.
FINANCE: Luton PCT has said it has begun to make “rigorous challenges” to its providers because it faces a deficit for the year.
STRUCTURE: A single commissioning consortium is emerging covering practices under Luton Teaching PCT.
FINANCE: NHS Luton has reported that the risk of it not breaking even for the year has increased.