At least 10 primary care trusts would face finishing 2012-13 in the red without loans or bailouts from their neighbouring commissioners, HSJ research has found.
The first community based service for treating a common orthopaedic problem has been found to improve patient experience and reduce costs, and been awarded funding to spread nationally.
Savings schemes set out by the London clusters entail significant reductions in work done by provider trusts.
Two thirds of the cost of paying off primary care trust managers to make early financial savings went on allowing them to retire early or volunteer to leave the NHS.
Two NHS 111 pilots have been delayed after commissioners decided they had not followed their own procurement procedures and could be at risk of legal challenge.
NHS North West London will next June consult on “ambitious” reconfiguration plans to move the local health economy “to a more sustainable clinical and financial basis”, HSJ has learned.
A chair designate has been appointed for one of the largest primary care trust clusters in the country.
Public health minister Anne Milton has told primary care trusts not to cut public health capacity, ahead of their transfer to local authorities as part of the government’s health reforms.
The carve-up of primary care trust provider arms has seen mental health and acute trusts pick up the greatest amount of work while the private sector will secure the least.
NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson’s decision to leave aspirant community foundation trust pay decisions with strategic health authorities could be a barrier to appointments, unions have warned.
NHS London has finalised the new management structure for the first of its merged primary care trusts.
London strategic health authority is bringing forward a planned £50m cut in its management costs by a year.
Representatives of eight London primary care trusts have agreed to put their organisations into three clusters under one management framework, saving £48m.
Primary care trusts in London and Liverpool will be among the first to “road test” direct payments for personal health budgets, care services minister Paul Burstow announced today.
Variations between primary care trusts in the quality of their GP services and how easily patients can access them remain stark.
The majority of primary care trusts are meeting only “minimum requirements” in their use of resources, the results of the Audit Commission’s annual test have shown.
London’s hospital trusts are being told to plan their future in a significantly smaller acute sector - or have it dictated to them.
The Department of Health is downplaying Mark Britnell’s departure for the private sector, insisting the world class commissioning programme will not flounder without him.
Funding shortfalls and cutbacks mean NHS staffing levels will likely remain static at best over the next five years, experts have said.