Out of hours care


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.

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NHS England to look at costs hindering primary care expansion

NHS England is looking at how to bring down financial barriers deterring GPs from taking on out of hours work, participating in new care models and expanding primary care, HSJ has learned.

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NHS Employers: BMA has 'staggering lack of understanding'

NHS Employers has accused the British Medical Association junior doctors committee of ‘a staggering lack of understanding’ over the proposals to change medical contracts.


CCG Barometer: explore the data

Findings from HSJ’s summer 2015 CCG barometer, carried out with Capsticks, which focus on commissioners’ approach to financial problems, and preferred solutions for unsustainable providers.

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BMA outlines 'three major issues’ over contract changes

The British Medical Association has set out its main concerns over the proposed changes to medical contracts being sought by the government and NHS Employers.

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First eight urgent and emergency care vanguards revealed

The first wave of urgent and emergency care vanguard sites has been revealed by NHS England.

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Mapped: The urgent and emergency care vanguard sites

HSJ’s map of the eight sites identified by NHS England as the first urgent and emergency care vanguards.


HEE review: Primary care should be favoured for running community nursing

A series of recommendations have been set out by a major review of primary care workforce commissioned by Health Education England.

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Exclusive: All 111 and out of hours tenders suspended

NHS England has told commissioners to suspend all GP out of hours and NHS 111 procurements while it draws up new rules for creating ‘functionally integrated’ urgent care services, HSJ has learned.

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NHS England tells regions to create urgent care networks

NHS England has said urgent and emergency care networks should be set up across the country to set and monitor standards of care and ‘designate urgent care facilities’.