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Money, finance and accounts

Nearly a third of ICSs admit finance plans will be missed


At least 13 integrated care systems have now admitted they will miss the financial plans they signed up for at the start of the year.


London gets well over ‘fair share’ of specialised services while rural areas miss out


People in some more rural areas are missing out on specialist treatments they should be getting, while Londoners are receiving a lot more than their “fair share”, new NHS England figures suggest.

Money, finance and accounts

Exclusive: Government and NHS in talks over £1bn funding gap


Government is in talks with national NHS leaders over how to fill an urgent funding gap of at least £1bn this financial year, HSJ has learned, as new analysis shows all 42 local integrated care systems were behind their own plans less than halfway through 2023-24.

Digital innovation

Revealed: First ICS digital maturity ratings


HSJ  can reveal the first ratings given to every integrated care system for the ‘digital maturity’ of its NHS providers.

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Revealed: the tenfold regional difference in access to GP records


Fewer than one in 10 GP practices offers patients access to their records in several areas of England, with significant variation across England, six months ahead of a new deadline.

Digital network data

Revealed: two out of five ICSs lack a digital strategy


Over 40 per cent of integrated care systems are yet to establish digital strategies, HSJ research has discovered.


Revealed: the underserved areas losing more GPs


Several areas that already had low numbers of GPs in the middle of the last decade have seen some of the largest declines over the past six years, HSJ analysis reveals.


ICSs given £160m to ‘accelerate’ electives fail to hit pre-covid activity


A dozen health systems which received £160m from NHS England this summer to accelerate recovery of elective activity have so far fallen short of their pre-covid levels, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Named: the first 25 integrated care board chairs


The chairs have been chosen for 25 of the 42 NHS integrated care boards which will plan health services from April.

Innovation and technology

Revealed: the 12 ICSs receiving £160m to meet elective target


Twelve integrated care systems and a coalition of children’s hospitals will receive a share of a £160m fund and commit to delivering 120 per cent of their pre-covid elective activity levels by July.

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ICS criticised for ‘poor relationships’ and NHS leaders ‘jumping to Stevens’ commands’


A review of a health system deemed to be among the most advanced in terms of partnership working has discovered poor relationships and a lack of trust between partners.


Revealed: the nine hospital trusts where covid patients fill at least half the beds


Nine English NHS trusts now have at least half their adult acute beds occupied by covid-positive patients, with admissions still growing in every case.