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CCG saved £1.6m by cutting prescribing costs

East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was struggling to work within its allocated budget in 2015-16.
 
Kevin McCorry, senior pharmacist at North of England Commissioning Support, explains how the CCG managed to save £1.6m by cutting prescribing costs.
 
The problem
 

The NHS continues to struggle to meet A&E waiting time targets

The NHS continues to struggle to meet A&E waiting time targets, as 84.6% of patients were dealt within four hours last month.
 
NHS England monthly performance data for March 2018 published yesterday (12 April) showed a nine percentage point drop in patients being treated within the four hours when compared to March 2017.
 
An NHS England spokesperson said: ‘As expected, these figures for a month ago confirm what was widely reported at the time, namely that during March the NHS continued to experience severe winter pressures.’

Almost a third of independent acute hospital trusts inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) requires improvement

Almost one in three independent acute hospital trusts inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) requires improvement, the CQC has warned.
 
An analysis by the healthcare watchdog published yesterday (11 April) also revealed that the majority of independent hospitals are providing good care for their patients, with 62% rated as good and 8% rated as outstanding as of 2 January 2018.
 
However, these hospitals differ in quality and clear scope for improvement, said the CQC.
 
Safety concerns
 

Prof Esmail is nationally acclaimed for his work on racial discrimination, but he believes there is still a lot to do in this area.

An OBE is awarded to a small number of people. Even smaller are those who decide to reject the award – Professor Aneez Esmail is one of them.
 
Despite being professor of general practice at the University of Manchester and director of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC), Prof Esmail still finds the time to work as a GP at the Robert Darbishire Practice in Rusholme, Manchester.
 

Only one in five NHS trusts (20%) are clear about how the health and care system will evolve in regards to regulation

One in five NHS trusts are clear about how the health and care system will evolve in regards to regulation, an NHS Providers survey of 86 trusts has found.
 
The survey, published yesterday (9 March) revealed that despite great emphasis is placed on integrated care for patients, uncertainty looms around what regulatory changes this could bring.
 

Racism harms healthcare by holding back skilled people, says Dr Kailash Chand

Healthcare thrives on equality and diversity. In some specialities, such as general practice, we know that almost a third of the emerging workforce qualified overseas. Without these immigrant workers the NHS would come to a standstill. BME doctors have saved Britain billions in training costs alone. And it’s not just doctors. According to the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, there are 193,000 staff from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds in the NHS – representing nearly 20% of the workforce.