Massive Support Service Cuts Expected in Cornwall

A £57 million overspend in Cornwall has led to a dramatic restructuring of NHS support services. Over 300 such local support services in the region are currently being reviewed as health commissioners deal with the fallout from another NHS region in massive deficit. NHS Kernow has confirmed it is assessing small service providers with contracts of £1 million and under amid a "serious and challenging financial position". There are already massive concerns among the general public in Cornwall... Readmore

GMB Warns of Critical Underfunding in Scottish Ambulance Service

GMB Scotland has warned that the chronic underfunding of the Scottish Ambulance Service is literally putting lives at risk. The union notes that staff within the Scottish Ambulance Service are regularly working shifts in excess of 12 hours with minimal breaks in order to keep the service online. Scotland has the only ambulance service in the UK that still has staff working on-call. GMB claims that in some regions staff are working 12 hour shifts followed by 12 hours on-call for just £18 for a 12-hour... Readmore

Commissioning Show 2015 gets underway in London

The Commissioning Show 2015, , kicks off today with the NHS Five Year Forward View and its ambitions for delivering integrated and new models of care at the top of the agenda. Returning this year as part of Health+Care, the two-day Commissioning Show is the largest national event for health and care professionals. Hosted at Excel in London, the event features a host of distinguished speakers this year including Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham. As well... Readmore

New NHS England toolkit introduced to drive in-patient care improvements

A new toolkit designed to assist commissioners in reducing instances of poor in-patient care has been published by NHS England today. The toolkit, developed to support NHS commissioners to work collaboratively with patients, carers and NHS provider organisations to reduce poor experiences of in-patient care, has been produced in partnership with a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). It also highlights a number of good practice and improvement tools for commissioners, including guidance... Readmore

Regulator agrees plans to ensure greater patient choice in Lancashire

Healthcare regulator Monitor has agreed plans to improve how a choice of hospital care is offered to thousands of patients in parts of Lancashire. Commissioners in Blackpool and in Fylde and Wyre have each set out a package of steps they will take to ensure patients are offered choice and are aware of the options available to them. Monitor has accepted undertakings from both Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group and Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group that include conducting a survey... Readmore

NHS England announces 150 CCGs now approved to jointly commission GP services

NHS England has announced that over a third of GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have now been given approval to jointly commission GP services. The 87 CCGs which received approval today (5 March) means that, subject to constitutional amendments and the signing of terms of reference by the 31 March 2015, more than 150 have now been confirmed. “We’ve now backed a total of 150 CCGs to take on delegated and joint commissioning powers to improve local primary care”, said Ian Dodge,... Readmore

NHS England approves first CCGs to take on commissioning of GP services

NHS England has given its approval for the first set of GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to take responsibility for commissioning the majority of GP services. 64 CCGs across the country have been approved to take on greater ‘delegated’ commissioning responsibility for GP services and others may follow. ‘Delegated’ responsibility from NHS England means that CCGs will be able to commission general medical services.  “This is a journey to enable local commissioning arrangements... Readmore
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