Are cash-strapped hospitals walking into a trap that could cost the NHS its family silver?

CAROLINE MOLLOY 26 February 2018 Hospitals from Yorkshire to Yeovil are rushing to set up secretive private companies in which to transfer NHS staff and assets. OurNHS looks in depth at the possible impacts – and whether it’s likely to go horribly wrong. Image: NHS demonstration. PA Images/Victoria Jones. Dozens of NHS hospital trusts across … Continue reading Are cash-strapped hospitals walking into a trap that could cost the NHS its family silver?

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Time to end the NHS experiment with the market?

It is only five years since Andrew Lansley forced through the biggest change in the NHS in a generation. “So big it can be seen from space” declared David Nicholson - its CEO at the time. Competition, patient choice and GP-led commissioning were all central themes. This was stepping up the NHS market experiment which was first started by legislation in 1989. The current CEO of the NHS, Simon Stevens has set a new direction, initially laid out in his Five Year Forward View and now being implemented across the country in the form of new models of care. He has declared that the current market structure in the NHS - which gives separate roles to purchasers and providers is on the way out, to be replaced by integration and joint planning.

Manchester CCG and council delay plans to award a £6bn “local care organisation” contract by April

https://www.hsj.co.uk/service-design/exclusive-second-aco-contract-delayed-amid-fears-of-unrealistic-deadlines/7021533.article?sm=7021533 By Rebecca Thomas The LCO will still “go live” but providers will deliver services through existing contracts Documents leaked to HSJreveal concerns over “unrealistic deadlines” throughout the process Commissioners in Manchester will delay the launch of a new accountable care contract amid concerns over “unrealistic deadlines”, HSJ has learned. Manchester Health and Care Commissioning – a partnership created … Continue reading Manchester CCG and council delay plans to award a £6bn “local care organisation” contract by April

NHS STOCKPORT CCG High profile vanguard faces threat of industrial action

By Lawrence Dunhill, 23 January 2018 Unison has issued an indicative ballot asking staff if they are prepared to take industrial action. Staff concerns present further difficulties for a project which has already been scaled back from initial plans. Questions raised about projected reductions in hospital activity, as well as the involvement of the former … Continue reading NHS STOCKPORT CCG High profile vanguard faces threat of industrial action