PERFORMANCE: Healthcare acquired infections are causing concern in Merseyside where two trusts in particular are exceeding their targets.
FINANCE: The four PCTs in the Merseyside cluster expect to end the year with a £11.9m surplus – 0.5 per cent of their overall resources.
FINANCE: The takeover of 20 practices by a family run GP firm is being examined by the Office of Fair Trading and Cooperation and Competition Panel.
WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board has appointed four directors for its Merseyside Local Area Team.
PERFORMANCE: In June NHS Sefton was one of five North West primary care trusts to miss the national target of less than 1 per cent of patients waiting more than six weeks for diagnostic tests, latest Department of Health data shows.
PERFORMANCE: Sefton PCT did not achieve a target to ensure 90 per of cancer patients were treated within 62 days after screening, says a report to the Merseyside PCT cluster.
Primary care trust cluster NHS Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral has approved a controversial plan for the reconfiguration of vascular services across Cheshire and Merseyside.
PERFORMANCE: The trust had four unjustified breaches of the national bar on mixed sex accomodation in March, commissioner board papers show.
PERFORMANCE: The trust had eight breaches of the national bar on mixed sex accomodation in March, according to its commissioners latest performance report.
WORKFORCE: Diana Grice, director of public health for East Sussex, has been appointed vice president of the Association of the Directors of Public Health.
FINANCE: A ‘block contract’ with the trust’s main commissioners has lost it around £1.6m for the year to date, its latest finance report suggests.
STRUCTURE: Aintree University Hospitals Foundation Trust today reported it had received planning permission for £20m of new facilities for patients requiring urgent hospital care.
PERFORMANCE: Continued increasing demand for neurosurgery has hit the specialist foundation’s ability to meet referral-to-treatment waiting times targets, its commissioners have reported.
PERFORMANCE: The trust has exceeded its annual target limit for MRSA infections, its commissioners have reported.
STRUCTURE: Podiatry, musculoskeletal and adult hearing services will be opened up to competition from any qualified provider by NHS Liverpool in 2012, according to a new “AQP map” published by the Department of Health.
STRUCTURE: The primary care trust cluster’s board has heard a proposal to save £1.06m by merging two shared services organisations to create a single family services agency for Cheshire and Merseyside.
PERFORMANCE: The primary care trust’s latest board assurance framework identifies the potential impact of the NHS reforms as one of the two most serious risks it faces.
COMMERCIAL: Capita has been named “preferred supplier” of HR services for 12 north Merseyside NHS organisations. The deal gives the outsourcing firm a toehold in NHS human resources.
COMMERCIAL: Outsourcing firm Capita Group has announced it has been appointed as preferred provider of human resources, payroll, and recruitment services for up to 12 NHS organisations in north Mersey.
STRUCTURE: The Cooperation and Competition Panel has accepted the referral of a proposed merger between nine GP practices currently in NHS Sefton’s provider arm and a community health trust.