Out of hours care

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Junior doctors secure changes to disputed contract

Junior doctors have secured changes to their contract deal in the wake of the huge row with government in 2015 and 2016, including annual 2 per cent pay rises and extra money for working weekends and night shifts.

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Major trust opens talks with Babylon, claiming GPs unable to stem demand

One of the country’s biggest hospital trusts has entered talks with digital health company Babylon Healthcare after concluding local GPs were unable to support its “painful” transformation efforts, HSJ can reveal.

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Exclusive: Delayed spinal surgery costs £23m in compensation

An “unacceptable” postcode lottery is leading to tens of millions being spent compensating patients left disabled by delayed treatment, a government report has found.

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'Unaffordable' urgent care procurement halted

Procurement of urgent treatment centres and GP out-of-hours services across two clinical commissioning groups has been discontinued – because the money on offer was not enough to attract providers.

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Revealed: Social enterprises now dominate GP out of hours sector

Most out of hours GP services are now delivered by social enterprise companies which are being “hobbled” by long term underfunding, according to a representative body.

Doctor strike Jan 2016

'Substantive' review of junior doctors' contract to go ahead

A review of the terms and conditions of the controversial junior doctors’ contract, which led to nationwide strike action will start in August, HSJ understands.

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CCGs braced for care firm collapse

NHS organisations are understood to be developing contingency plans in case a company providing services to around 90 clinical commissioning groups runs into further financial trouble.

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Revealed: Pay deal includes permanent cut to some out of hours rates

Some NHS staff will see a permanent reduction in their out of hours pay rates as part of the new Agenda for Change deal agreed between unions and NHS Employers.

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Employers confident contract deal will end NHS pay drift

NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer has said he is confident NHS trusts will implement reforms to prevent automatic pay rises following a deal on the Agenda for Change contract.


Out of hours care provider bought for £11m

An out of hospital care provider has been bought by a private limited company.


CCGs tender £125m contract for integrated urgent care

A distressed health economy is redesigning its urgent care services with commissioners releasing a £125m contract to bring urgent out of hospital services together.


Private provider withdraws from regional urgent care deal

Care UK has pulled out of a contract to provide NHS 111 and out of hours services across several clinical commissioning group areas six weeks after it was awarded, putting the intended launch date of the service at risk.


16 CCGs launch integrated NHS 111 and urgent care services

Sixteen West Midlands clinical commissioning groups are set to mobilise a new integrated NHS 111, GP out of hours and urgent care service across a population of 4.6 million after awarding a set of contracts worth up to £172m.

London CCGs award urgent primary care contract

Six south west London clinical commissioning groups have awarded an integrated urgent care contract - combining NHS 111 and out of hours services across several boroughs - to South London Doctors Urgent Care (SLDUC).

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Out of hours provider to go into administration

An out of hours provider has been forced to end provision of services across the East Midlands after it announced it intends to file for administration.


Legal battle could cause out of hours costs to rocket

Out of hours services costs could face a significant hike as off-payroll payments to GPs come under scrutiny from the government.


Private provider considers ‘pop up’ urgent care centres

A company which provides out of hours care across England has said it is considering setting up a network of “pop up” urgent care centres.

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Hunt: Families have 'too many choices' in urgent care

Jeremy Hunt has said there are “too many choices” in urgent care, leading to confusion among patients who as a result are not always able to access medical help when they need it.

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‘Collapsing’ out of hours providers would get help, says Burt

The government would step in to save GP out of hours services “on the verge of collapsing” if nearby providers running extended hours services made them financially unsustainable, a health minister has told MPs.


PM's GP fund 'adding to pressure on OOH services'

The government’s flagship policy for extending primary care access is pushing up the cost of GP shifts and destabilising existing out of hours services, several sector leaders have warned.