Commissioners are investigating the abrupt closure of a midwifery service hailed as a “trailblazing” model in the NHS long-term plan which ceased operations after racking up £900,000 of debt.
An £84m urgent and emergency care transformation in Middlesbrough, system wide cancer reconfiguration in South Yorkshire, and a large elective care centre in Norfolk were among projects which missed out on recent government funding.
The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed the trusts and partnerships which will receive capital funding worth around £900m for building developments.
The establishment of a new primary care organisation in Greater Manchester has been halted after an independent review heard “fierce” criticism of those leading the project.
A flagship national programme to move people with learning difficulties out of hospital has been branded a “failure” by a former minister after it emerged areas were struggling to set up specialist community services.
Plans for new standardised NHS buildings are being drawn up by efficiency directors in a bid to speed up much needed improvements to ageing estate.
An acute hospital trust could merge with a social enterprise company that provides community, mental health and social care services, HSJ has learned.
NHS England should publish a ‘five year forward view’ for community services and the sector should be given ‘priority’ for additional NHS funding, the King’s Fund has argued.
A London teaching hospital trust has lost multimillion community services contracts.
Southern Health Foundation Trust has confirmed it is considering divesting itself of its community services provision – which accounts for a third of its turnover – ahead of a procurement for a new integrated model of care.
A tribunal has backed the Care Quality Commission after a legal challenge accusing it of acting “outside of its powers” in refusing to register a new learning disability facility.
Oxfordshire health services will see “significant structural change” as part of transformation plans currently under discussion, HSJ can reveal, with the Horton General Hospital singled out as “not sustainable in its current form”.
The scale of the transfer of NHS staff to independent sector providers in recent years has been revealed in new figures.
Jeremy Hunt has said that his biggest mistake to date as health secretary was to rely too heavily on inspection to improve poor care before he realised that culture change would have a greater impact.
Commissioners have voiced concern that their efforts to integrate services will be hampered by ‘enforced competition’ after Monitor released a report warning them against simply rolling over existing community services contracts.
Monitor is closely observing the decisions clinical commissioning groups are making about transforming community services contracts, its chief executive has told HSJ.
“Communities” must be given the chance to own and run smaller hospitals and help push forward the changes the NHS needs to succeed, a Conservative MP has said.
Community services trusts are starting work on a national programme to develop indicators to benchmark their performance and value, which could potentially underpin a tariff payment system for the sector, HSJ can reveal.
As government and NHS leaders step up pressure for radical change in general practice, existing extended services – such as Leeds’ York Street practice for homeless people and asylum seekers – may point the way to new approaches and models for primary care.
Almost two thirds of NHS in-house mental health providers now also provide non-mental health services, a survey shared with HSJ reveals.
Aspirant community foundation trusts plan to lobby for changes to the NHS finance system to prevent activity being driven into acute hospitals.
Aggressive cost saving will mean new NHS organisations will not have to make further deep cuts in management and administration spending from next year, Andrew Lansley has revealed to HSJ.
A leading provider of integrated health and social care looks set to abandon its ambitions to become a standalone community foundation trust in a move lawyers say could be repeated elsewhere.
The new NHS property company is set to take over a core portfolio worth at least £1.7bn, HSJ can disclose.
Private sector outsourcing giant Serco has been selected as preferred bidder to take over nearly all NHS community services in Suffolk in a deal worth £140m to the company over three years.
A campaign has been launched for a community hospital to be run as a social enterprise - to stop it becoming part of a foundation trust.
Plans to transfer NHS properties to community service providers have stalled amid an ongoing dispute between trusts and the Department of Health, and claims of irrational behaviour by commissioners.
A judge has ordered a primary care trust to halt the planned transfer of its provider arm to a social enterprise, pending the outcome of a High Court hearing.
There have been just three expressions of interest to set up social enterprises under the Department of Health’s “right to provide” scheme, none of which have been approved.
Social enterprises have been left out of plans to allow NHS providers to take over community service properties, in a move condemned as a “slap in the face” for the government’s Big Society agenda.