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‘Untenable stalemate’ is halting GP practice upgrades, say ICBs


An “untenable stalemate” in funding has virtually halted GP practice building work, despite national commitments to expand primary care, multiple NHS organisations are warning.


Trust appoints new chair from ICB


An acute trust in the West Midlands has appointed a new chair from its neighbouring integrated care board.

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire

£800m deal to transfer control of community services to acutes


An integrated care board is planning to hand over control of community services worth an annual £80m to two acute trusts for the next five to 10 years.

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Two ICBs appoint chief executives


Two integrated care boards in the Midlands have made their interim chief executives substantive.

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HSJ Awards 2023: Performance Recovery Award



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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.

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Exclusive: Tenfold variation in beds revealed by NHS England audit


The number of NHS community beds per head of population varies by more than 10 times between integrated care systems, an NHS England audit seen by HSJ  suggests.

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Chair who was ‘not always honest’ in old job gets NHSE’s ‘full support’


An integrated care board chair is keeping her job despite complaints being upheld against her in a previous role, it has emerged.

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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Protect trusts from ‘regulators’ demands’, ICB told


An external review has advised an integrated care board to do more to ‘hold the umbrella up’ to regulators, to protect its providers from their demands.

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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.

Money, finance and accounts

Revealed: the 14 ICSs admitting they will end the year in deficit


At least 14 integrated care systems have now officially admitted they will end the year with a budget deficit, after just five areas said this at the start of the year.


ICSs which ‘play the game’ offered extra funding


NHS England is offering extra revenue funding to systems that commit to hold their financial positions for 2022-23 at an agreed level, HSJ  has learned.

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Complaints against trust chair upheld by leaked report


A trust chair failed to follow proper processes when suspending a colleague and did not always act with “honesty, truthfulness and clarity”, an investigation found.

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Public do not support plans to prioritise patients based on ethnicity and deprivation


There is little public support for prioritising waiting lists based on factors such as ethnicity, deprivation or lifestyle habits, despite a growing number of trusts exploring such an approach, new research has found.

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Six ICS chiefs to lead regional decision-making group


Six integrated care boards across the West Midlands are proposing to establish a joint committee of chief executives to make shared decisions on key issues impacting the region, it has emerged.

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‘Real worry’ as two-thirds of ICSs fall into the red


Two out of three integrated care systems have fallen off track on their financial plans, with many now facing the prospect of having to report sizeable deficits in their first year of operation.


Middle-class patients to wait longer for care under health inequalities project


Dozens of NHS trusts are looking to adopt new software which can take health inequalities into account when prioritising patients for elective care.

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Revealed: The areas with the strongest and weakest primary care


Official workforce statistics reveal huge variation in primary care staffing across different health systems – with London and the South East appearing to be particularly underserved and the South West relatively well resourced.


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.