A well-known NHS figure will take over as interim accountable officer of five clinical commissioning groups next month, after they were “unable” to recruit someone substantively.
PCTs face a £600m bill for backdated claims for care funding, and this is causing anxiety for clinical commissioning groups too
PERFORMANCE: Bexley Primary Care Trust sae elective referrals 14 per cent higher for 2012-13 to date than over the equivalent period last year, NHS London data shows.
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.
Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group has banned a member GP from standing to become a governing body representative.
STRUCTURE: The south east London primary care trust cluster’s risk register reveals that the organisation has lost its third “senior information risk owner” since April 2011.
What happens next for South London Healthcare Trust - the first to be placed in the failure regime?
It now makes sense for clinical commissioning groups to take the reins from providers
Savings schemes set out by the London clusters entail significant reductions in work done by provider trusts.
FINANCE: NHS South East London was granted £800,000 of its two per cent topslice back by NHS London to “support transition” to the Global Sum Equivalent payment system.
FINANCE: NHS London has approved a £4.8m bailout of NHS Bexley this financial year to allow it to set a “realistic and suitable QIPP target”.
FINANCE: NHS London has approved NHS South East London’s application for an emergency readmissions avoidance scheme, funded from the primary care trust cluster’s 2 per cent annual top-slice.
Two Kent trusts will seek to expand their market share in surrounding health economies, including becoming the main acute provider for a London borough, if their merger bid is successful.
James Sorrowiecki’s The Wisdom of Crowds presents a compelling theory of how “collective wisdom shapes businesses, economies, societies and nations”. It is a philosophy that appears tailor-made for an evolving NHS.
PERFORMANCE: One of London’s biggest teaching hospitals has called in the Department of Health’s intensive support team after experiencing significant problems hitting the 18-week wait for elective procedures target.
PERFORMANCE: Commissioners expressed concerns about south east London mental and community health provider Oxleas Foundation Trust at a quality and safety meeting last month.
FINANCE: NHS Bexley has received permission to use the 2 per cent top-slice of budget levied on all London PCTs to pay the extra costs it will incur from South London Healthcare Trust.
STRUCTURE: A risk register document produced by the south east London PCT cluster said 45 live “issues of concern” posed an “almost certain” risk to primary care.
PERFORMANCE: A report to the cluster’s board said the list validation would include “a one-off programme and an ongoing rolling programme”.
FINANCE: A report presented to the south east London cluster has said in some cases GPs are being paid for work that has not been done.