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NHS Oldham receives 275 retrospective continuing care claims

FINANCE: NHS Oldham has received 275 retrospective claims for continuing healthcare funding, according to NHS Greater Manchester’s latest finance report.

Greater Manchester awards 'any qualified provider' diagnostics contracts

COMMERCIAL: Twenty three NHS and private sector providers have been awarded “any qualified provider” contracts to offer direct access diagnostics across Greater Manchester.

Six appointments for Greater Manchester LAT

WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board has appointed six directors for its Greater Manchester local area team.

Pennine Acute hit waiting times targets for July, figures suggest

PERFORMANCE: “Unvalidated figures” show that Pennine Acute achieved all national standards for referral-to-treatment waiting times in July, commissioner board papers state.

Pennine Care nearly doubled in size through TCS

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.

Manchester CCGs to take on acutes with united commissioning pact

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.

HSJ Local Briefing - Greater Manchester and Liverpool

Analysed: the reconfiguration plan for Greater Manchester's hospitals

HSJ Local Briefing is our new in-depth analysis of the key issues facing the NHS’s major health economies. This week: acute reconfiguration in Greater Manchester.

NHS Oldham falls behind on ‘stretch’ savings target

FINANCE: The primary care trust booked quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) savings of just £6.8m in the first eight months of 2011-12, against a plan to have saved £11.5m by that point.

Greater Manchester reduces underuse of private sector contracts

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.

Greater Manchester signs £1.8m home oxygen contract

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.

Greater Manchester cluster proposes responsibility for networks’ funding

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.

Rise in child TB across Greater Manchester

PERFORMANCE: A rise in child TB cases has led to a renewed emphasis on the disease by Greater Manchester PCTs.

Just two Greater Manchester PCTs fall behind financial plans

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.

AQP areas announced in Manchester

FINANCE: Greater Manchester PCTs have identified podiatry and diagnostics as priorities for introducing any qualified provider.

Greater Manchester lacks capacity to cope with disease outbreak

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.

Manchester PCTs poised to award home oxygen contract

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.

Bury ‘patients champion’ charged with £60,000 fraud

WORKFORCE: A “patients champion” and former chair of Bury’s local involvement network has been charged with committing £60,000 of VAT fraud, in the course of half a decade of paid consultancy work for the NHS.

NHS Oldham forecasts £5.3m savings shortfall

FINANCE: The primary care trust was forecasting at the end of July that it would miss its 2011-12 QIPP (quality, innovation, productivity and prevention) savings plans by £5.3m.

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Manchester fires starting gun on major reconfiguration

STRUCTURE: Primary care trusts across greater Manchester have agreed to pool resources worth tens of millions of pounds a year to fund a major reconfiguration of the city’s planned and emergency hospital services.

Ashton, Wigan and Leigh £116,000 behind plan by the end of May

FINANCE: The primary care trust was showing a surplus £116,000 behind plan at the end of the second month of 2011-12, strategic health authority board papers show.