Clinical Commissioning Groups- who guards the guardians?

I have been following the decisions made by the recently formed local Clinical Commissioning Groups with some interest. They seem to have something of the iconoclast about them. Firstly, the change a long established arrangement with the local drug and alcohol treatment provider ADSIS that has existed for many years for a Birmingham based service.

Shortly afterwards I read that the GP out of hours service in Basford is under review. The service which has been run as a not for profit organisation by local GPs fear that a large private health organisation will take over the contract and that a company with no local knowledge will have a detrimental impact on patient services. Continue reading

Private carers prepare at swine flu conference

By Pits’n’Pots Reporter.

Staffordshire County Council is holding a Swine Flu Pandemic Conference for private care providers on July 29).

The event is jointly organised by the county council and the Joint Commissioning Unit, a partnership between Staffordshire County Council, South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust and NHS North Staffordshire.

It aims to ensure private care homes are prepared for dealing with swine flu. It will feature three workshops dealing with specific issues relating to swine flu.

County Councillor Matthew Ellis, Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing will open the conference. He said, “Dealing with the pandemic flu is the top priority for the county council and we are taking this step to help private care providers and the voluntary sector in their preparations for what may lie ahead.

“It is vital that we do everything we can to maintain essential social care and health services, and our community partners have a crucial role to play in responding to the needs of Staffordshire residents.”

There are 337 private residential care homes in Staffordshire which are home to 10,400 people