FINANCE: NHS Trafford has received 536 retrospective claims for continuing healthcare funding, according to NHS Greater Manchester’s latest finance report.
STRUCTURE: The board overseeing the planned reconfiguration of health services in Trafford has approved proposals to stop emergency surgery at Trafford General Hospital, and to replace its emergency department with an urgent care centre.
COMMERCIAL: Twenty three NHS and private sector providers have been awarded “any qualified provider” contracts to offer direct access diagnostics across Greater Manchester.
WORKFORCE: The NHS Commissioning Board has appointed six directors for its Greater Manchester local area team.
STRUCTURE: NHS Trafford has begun public consultation on proposals to replace the accident and emergency unit at Trafford General Hospital with an urgent care centre.
NHS North of England has approved plans to remove accident and emergency services and all inpatient surgery from Trafford General Hospital, known as the “birthplace of the NHS”.
PERFORMANCE: NHS North of England will this week consider proposals to remove accident and emergency services, acute surgery and inpatient surgery from Trafford General Hospital, health minister Simon Burns said today.
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.
STRUCTURE: The trust’s takeover by Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust has been cleared to go through at the end of this month, the acquiring trust reported this afternoon.
WORKFORCE: A paper to GMW’s January board warned that the “economic climate” may prompt Trafford council to pull staff out the trust’s community mental health teams.
COMMERCIAL: The primary care trust has launched a tender process for organisations seeking to take over its community services.
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STRUCTURE: The NHS competition watchdog has approved Central Manchester University Hospitals’ proposed takeover of Trafford Healthcare Trust, the hospital known as the “birthplace of the NHS”.
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.
STRUCTURE: Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust’s proposed takeover of Trafford Healthcare Trust would give it a market share of more than a fifth of all admissions in Greater Manchester, it has told the NHS’s competition watchdog.
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.
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.
STRUCTURE: The start of work to rebuild the trust’s Altrincham General Hospital is set to be pushed back a year, to November 2012, a revised timeline for the project shows.
FINANCE: Trafford Healthcare Trust would need to conclude an “accountability agreement” with its commissioners to secure a further £5.4m tranche of “transitional” funding, its last board meeting was told.