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Trust’s £9m gift to charity reveals governance ‘weakness’


A trust donated £9m to its charity without the permission of NHS England or the Treasury.

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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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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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London Eye: Trusts wobble on consultant pay demand


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.


Mayor intervenes in NHSE reconfiguration row


The mayor of London is independently reviewing NHS England plans to reconfigure children’s cancer services in the capital, which were triggered when the commissioner finally accepted the current arrangements are unsafe.

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Revealed: the ICSs that refused to set breakeven plans


More than half the integrated care systems in the north of England have refused to agree a balanced financial plan, HSJ has learned.

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ICSs get ‘significantly harder’ savings target of 6pc


NHS organisations will have to make average efficiency savings of almost 6 per cent to meet their financial requirements this year, a report suggests, which is significantly higher than the levels demanded before the pandemic.

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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.

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ICS gets new boss after eight-month wait


A new chair has been announced for South West London Integrated Care Board, eight months after his predecessor quit following a row over a ‘toxic’ working environment.

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NAO alerted over impact of Barclay’s delay in signing off CQC board appointments


The Care Quality Commission has been unable to appoint any new non-executive directors for months because of delays in ministerial sign-off, leading to the regulator flagging its concerns about the potential impact on its governance with the National Audit Office.

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Thirty-five ICSs publish first ‘integrated care strategies’


Seven integrated care systems have not yet published a version of their integrated care strategy, despite government setting a deadline of the end of 2022 to do so.

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HSJ’s 10 most read integration stories of 2022


As we get ready to say goodbye to 2022, HSJ takes a look back at the 10 most read integration stories of the year.

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London Eye: Commissioning yourself


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

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London Eye: Paying the consultants


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.


Revealed: Only two ICSs seeing more elective inpatient activity than pre-covid


Providers in just two integrated care systems carried out more inpatient elective procedures in the first quarter of this year than before the covid pandemic, HSJ analysis of official data has revealed.


ICS chair resigns after ‘illegal’ recording sent to journalists


A prominent system leader in London has resigned after a recording of a private conversation in which she made several disparaging comments was sent to journalists.

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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.


Patients asked to travel 200 miles in push to cut elective waits


Long waiting times at Devon’s acute hospitals have forced commissioners to offer patients treatment 200 miles away in London in a bid to reduce the elective backlog.

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‘Disproportionate’ infection control holding back electives, say NHS bosses


Infection control rules in the NHS are ‘now disproportionate to the risks’ posed by covid and should be relaxed, including potentially allowing staff with covid to work, some of the NHS’s most senior leaders have said.

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London Eye: Omicron in the capital


Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by Ben Clover.