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4 August 2020 New guidance issued by NHSE&I on procedures for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to apply for constitution change, merger or dissolution

NHSE&I issued new guidance to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) on 3 August 2020, this is a must read document for all CCGs either going through or contemplating embarking on a merger process.

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31 July 2020 Members of academy trusts have fiduciary duties

We are increasingly asked are there any limits on how members can exercise their powers.

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14 July 2020 GP contracts: updated expectations and contracting issues

On 9 July NHS England and NHS Improvement issued a letter to primary medical contractors and commissioners updating them on service expectations and contracting issues.

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30 June 2020 “Caution” is now the watchword when it comes to directly awarding public sectors contracts

The judicial review proceedings brought by the Good Law Project against the Department of Health and Social Care in relation to the £108m contract the Department awarded for PPE in April are about to shine a light on Regulation 32(2)(c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

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21 May 2020 Retail ATMs and business rates: clarity at last!

Judgement has been handed down for the seminal case of Cardtronics UK Ltd and others (Respondents) v Sykes and others (Valuation Officers) (Appellants) [2020] UKSC 21.

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30 March 2020 The impact of coronavirus on the management of complaints and serious incident investigations in the NHS

Given the significant challenges and resource implications of the coronavirus on all NHS staff, how should Trusts manage and respond to complaints and Serious Incident Investigations? Do the relevant time limits still apply?

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23 March 2020 The Exercise of Commissioning Functions by the National Health Commissioning Board (Coronavirus) Directions 2020

See the new The Exercise of Commissioning Functions by the National Health Commissioning Board (Coronavirus) Directions 2020.

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20 March 2020 Using health tech to combat coronavirus

As coronavirus (COVID-19) rapidly spreads throughout the world, the government has implemented The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020. The Secretary of State now has the ability to declare COVID-19 a ‘serious and imminent threat to public health’, in which case drastic powers of detainment will be afforded to contain the virus.

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16 March 2020 The Patient Safety Incident Response Framework – a new era for incident management in the NHS?

On 10 March 2020, NHS England and NHS Improvement published the much awaited introductory Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF).

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11 March 2020 Levelling Up – What now for education policy?

Following the Conservatives’ election victory in December the new government will be able to implement their election manifesto in full.

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