Flagship £690m cancer procurement abandoned over financial fears

– Staffordshire CCGs unable to award £687m cancer prime provider contract   – Privately led consortium unable to convince CCGs the contract was financially viable   – Decision follows the collapse of the UnitingCare Partnership contract in 2015   – The procurement has cost the four Staffordshire CCGs more than £840,000   A controversial tender […]

‘Fit for the Few’ – report by Cambridge Peoples’ Assembly

Fit for the few The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS footprint was published on 21 November 2016,1 as the keystone of the Fit for the Future programme. The plan reveals the scale of the deficit that is being created in the local NHS by the austerity imposed by Conservative […]

Mission impossible? The task for NHS providers in 2017/18

The 2017 Budget on 8 March confirmed that, while there was extra money for social care and a small amount of extra capital funding for the NHS, there would be no extra revenue funding for the NHS in 2017/18, the new financial year which starts on 1 April 2017. Analysis by NHS Providers predicts that […]

Health and social care integration

The Better Care Fund has not achieved the expected value for money, in terms of savings, outcomes for patients or hospital activity. “Integrating the health and social care sectors is a significant challenge in normal times, let alone times when both sectors are under such severe pressure. So far, benefits have fallen far short of […]

Stevens: STPs will get ‘decision rights’ to reorganise trusts and CCGs

HSJ, 9 FEBRUARY, 2017 BY JAMES ILLMAN STPs to be given right to “recommend” member trusts and commissioners reorganise STPs should act if “veto power or inertia is getting in the way of the bigger strategic change agenda”, Simon Stevens says NHS England chief also says new forward view update plan is not “not a […]

Hospitals warn over pressure of patient numbers

‘A third of hospital trusts in England issued alerts warning they needed urgent action to cope with the pressure of patient numbers last month.’ Click here for BBC News article