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Proposed North Central London STP cuts condemned by RCS and NHS Providers
23 Jun 2017

What areas of hospital activity is North Central London STP considering for cuts? A leaked document seen by a national newspaper lists options to meet a £183m gap in funding among 10 hospital trusts in the North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership area. The proposals,...

Just one bidder for £5.9bn Manchester contract
23 Jun 2017

What is happening in procurement? A single bidder has thrown their hat into the ring for the biggest contract in the history of the NHS. Manchester Health and Care Commissioning Group (MHCCG) put out a tender notice in March via NHS Business Services for the local care organisation (LCO)....

STPs on route to fail, says report
23 Jun 2017

Can STPs deliver a better future for the NHS? Sustainability and transformation plans will not deliver a better future for the NHS as they stand, says a report from the London South Bank University (LSBU). The critical review of all 44 STPs says that to achieve their objectives they would...

CCGs in three STPs consider sharing decision making
23 Jun 2017

What areas of commissioning are NE and Cumbrian CCGs planning to combine? A group of North Eeast and Cumbria clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) haves drawn up proposals to form a joint committee to share some areas of decision-making. The 12 CCGs are divided split between three different...

Diabetes prevention programme to be expanded across the country
23 Jun 2017

Will educating people at risk slow down the increase in cases of Type 2 diabetes? The Healthier You programme, run by Public Health England, Diabetes UK and NHS England, is set to cover a further 25% of the population, with up to 50,000 more places. The programme already covers 26m people, almost...

Rise in number of children taking antidepressants in England
23 Jun 2017

Is a lack of funding in mental health affecting how we treat anxiety and depression in children? The number of young people on medication for depression and anxiety rose by 12% in the 12 month period up to June 2016, according to an investigation by the Guardian newspaper. The National Institute...

Wales: £90,000 drug now available for routine use in breast cancer
23 Jun 2017

Drugs fund and NHS England's negotiations bring cancer treatment to Wales  NHS Wales can now follow drugs watchdog guidance relating to the use of Kadcyla to treat breast cancer following negotiations with the manufacturer Roche. At list price treating a patient's HER2-positive...

GPs in Northern Ireland cut back on work to rescue under-pressure service
23 Jun 2017

Is GP crisis in Northern Ireland worse than the rest of the UK? The BMA in Northern Ireland is advising GPs to cut back on unnecessary work to rescue the service, which they say is in crisis. Contingency measures to cut down on workload include referring patients back to hospital for test...

NHS England confirms first wave of accountable care systems
16 Jun 2017

Which are the first areas in England to take on accountable care system status? NHS England boss Simon Stevens has confirmed the eight areas in England to become accountable care systems (ACSs). The aim is to integrate services 'to provide joined up, better co-ordinated care breaking down...

Commissioners' pounds are losing value
16 Jun 2017

NHS pressures put squeeze on commissioners’ cash Funds allocated to commissioners are not keeping pace with rising inflation and a growing population, according to NHS Clinical Commissioners. The organisation, which bills itself as the voice of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), has...