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  1. We’ve agreed with the decision of commissioners in North East London to extend the contract of elective care services at a local treatment centre.

  2. In this edition: Seven day services; Improvement conference; FIP launch; Draft guidance on good governance; Making mergers work better for patients; Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch update; Digital services for outpatients; Transformational change through system leadership and other updates.

  3. Our national Patient Safety Team has helped GPs in the NHS to reduce how often patients are being prescribed antibiotics unnecessarily, cutting the number of prescriptions down by over 2.6 million in one year alone.

  4. We're helping trusts to find £50 million of savings through a programme of intensive financial support.

  5. With our help Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will appoint a financial turnaround director to help improve its financial position.

  6. NHS providers have risen to the challenge of record-breaking demand for services, but more work is needed to continue improving services for patients and increasing efficiencies in 2016/17.

  7. We will work closely with Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to understand why patients are waiting too long for treatment once referred.

  8. We're supporting Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to reduce patients' waiting time in A&E

  9. The new patient safety investigation function will help build a link between investigations and improvement.

  10. Following concerns raised by a member of staff at The Royal Wolverhampton, the NHS Trust Development Authority (now part of NHS Improvement) commissioned Verita to carry out an independent review into the trust.

  11. A stage one warning has been issued around the risk of death and serious harm from failure to recognise acute coronary syndromes in Kawasaki disease patients.

  12. In this edition: Resubmit your activity plans and improvement trajectories; Coroners’ inquests and your duties; making choice work in mental health and build quality and efficiency improvement capability.

  13. Latest news from our costing transformation programme.

  14. The controls we launched in October 2015 are helping the NHS to cut spending on expensive agency staff.

  15. We've authorised two new foundation trusts giving patients in the Wirral and the North West of England a greater say over how their health services are run.

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