A large clinical commissioning group – which is part of a proposed accountable care system – has been put back in financial special measures, less than a year after coming out of the regime.
Two Bedfordshire hospital trusts intend to merge by April – a timeframe that both organisations admit is “ambitious”.
Bedford Hospital Trust is seeking a formal merger with Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Foundation Trust, HSJ has learnt.
The government will distribute £181m to a second wave of digital trusts, the health secretary is expected to announce tomorrow.
A Midlands trusts is asking staff to stand when meetings run over an hour to help meet its staff health and wellbeing CQUIN goal, which is worth £900,000 this financial year.
Twenty four emergency departments - around 15 per cent of the national total - could be closed or downgraded in the next four years, according to HSJ analysis.
The STP for Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes reveals plans for “unified leadership, management and operations across all three hospitals” on the patch, but states that the three will not formally merge.
Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.
Several NHS trusts which were slated by officials for takeover or management franchise are revealed in a list obtained by HSJ, which regulators sought to keep secret for 18 months.
COMMISSIONING: A “flawed” review of health services should be rejected in full rather than become part of sustainability and transformation plan for health and social care integration, according to the elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council.
ACUTE CARE: A standalone review into reconfiguring accident and emergency services at Bedford and Milton Keynes hospitals has been scrapped in favour of merging it into the sustainability and transformation plan for the region.
FINANCE: Bedford Hospital Trust has agreed a loan of £13.2m from NHS Improvement to cover its deficit in the current financial year, according to its latest annual report.
RECONFIGURATION: Bedford Hospital Trust should be stripped of major services including obstetrics and the majority of its emergency surgical care as part of a local service reconfiguration, a review has recommended.
Twenty hospitals trusts are responsible for more than half the overall decline in the annual accident and emergency waiting times performance, HSJ analysis reveals.
NHS Improvement has revealed the 16 trusts in the first wave of its £25m turnaround programme.
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A London CCG is commissioning a musculoskeletal contract with capped costs.
ACUTE CARE: A prestigious teaching hospital trust has temporarily restricted access to its outpatient cardiology service for out of area referrals, a leaked letter has revealed.
By using publicly available data, HSJ has been able to closely match the methodology used by Lord Carter to produce trusts’ headline “savings opportunity” figures. Here we list the least and most efficient trusts according to the headline measure, as well as data for all trusts.