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North East GPs 'prescribe paracetamol at more than twice expected rate'

FINANCE: GPs in seven North East primary care trusts are prescribing paracetamol at twice the expected rate and could save the NHS an estimated £2.5m a year by their bringing reducing to the national average, the healthcare analysis firm CHKS has said.

Cumbria and North East LAT hires nurse and medical director

WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board local area team for Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear has appointed a nursing and medical director.

Large commissioning board LAT gets interim director

STRUCTURE: An interim director has been appointed to the Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear local area team, pending a permanent appointment.

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Analysed: The reorganisation of commissioning in the North East

The NHS in the North East has healthy finances but an unhealthy population. This briefing looks at how its new structure could overcome these problems.

Care UK contract sparks protests

COMMERCIAL: NHS North of Tyne is facing angry opposition to its decision to award the contract for running a GP practice to private provider Care UK.

Mark Adams named designate accountable officer for three North East CCGs

WORKFORCE: Mark Adams has been appointed as the designate accountable officer for for NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Newcastle North and East CCG and NHS Newcastle West CCG.

Commissioners report Lucentis pressure from Newcastle FT

FINANCE: North Tyneside PCT, Northumberland CT and Newcastle PCT are facing overspending risks in relation to Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust, largely attributable to use of Lucentis (ranibizumab injection).

Three North East CCGs sharing chief officer

WORKFORCE: NHS Newcastle West CCG, NHS Newcastle North and East CCG and NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group are sharing a chief officer under an interim arrangement.

North of Tyne CCGs budgets identified

FINANCE: The North of Tyne primary care trust cluster has announced the delegated budgets for its shadow clinical commissioning groups for 2012-13.

Newcastle GP practice moved and renamed

STRUCTURE: The Regent Medical Centre in Gosforth, Newcastle, has opened.

North East CSS passes checkpoint 2

STRUCTURE: The single commissioning support service for the North East has been told it has only “medium to low issues” by the NHS Commissioning Board.

North of Tyne CCGs sharing chief officers

WORKFORCE: The four clinical commissioning groups in Newcastle and North Tyneside are proposing to share two accountable officers.

North East appoints interim commissioning support lead

WORKFORCE: The primary care trusts in the North East have appointed an interim managing director for their emerging single commissioning support service.

Commissioners overspending at Newcastle FT by £10.5m

FINANCE: North of Tyne commissioners are overspending on their contract with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust by £10.5m.

North East revalidation senior responsible officer appointed

WORKFORCE: Bill Cunliffe, consultant surgeon and NHS North East planned care clinical innovation team lead, has been appointed senior responsible officer for the revalidation process in the North East.

North East PCTs pursue single commissioning support organisation

STRUCTURE: The North East primary care trusts have begun a project developing a single commissioning support organisation for the region.

Overspends on Newcastle Hospital care

FINANCE: The North of Tyne PCTs - Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland - are overspending against planned activity for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust, but still on target to meet their planned surplus.

North of Tyne PCTs provide information dashboard to GPs and CCGs

COMMERCIAL: The North of Tyne PCTs have provided a new health information reporting tool to all their GP practices and emerging clinical commissioning groups.

Consultants working on 'clear and credible plans' with North Tyne CCGs

STRUCTURE: Management consultants are working with clinical commissioning groups in North Tyneside PCT to develop “clear and credible” commissioning plans for 2012-13.

NHS North cluster names senior executive directors

WORKFORCE: The senior executive team has been appointed for the NHS North cluster, made up of NHS Yorkshire and the Humber, North West and North East.

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