Medway NHS Foundation Trust

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Performance data questioned for 51 trusts

Auditors have raised formal concerns over the accuracy of performance data at one in four NHS trusts, according to HSJ analysis.

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Exclusive: The highest paid interim managers

An investigation has revealed some of the highest interim manager payments by NHS trusts, including a chief operating officer who cost his trust the equivalent of £700,000 per year.

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Trust considered stopping sick pay for staff refusing flu jab

A foundation trust considered proposals – which it has now abandoned – to deny staff sick pay if they had time off work with the flu after refusing vaccination.

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Trust pulls out of contract as hundreds of cancer patients miss two week target

A foundation trust is to withdraw from a dermatology contract after hundreds of suspected cancer patients had to wait up to five weeks for a first appointment.

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Blood test recall for thousands of patients

Nearly 2,500 patients have been recalled for extra tests after problems with a merged pathology service between Medway Foundation Trust and Dartford and Gravesham Trust.

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Revealed: The slowest invoice payers in the NHS

A third of acute trusts routinely break the law by paying their suppliers late, HSJ can reveal.

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Plans to close three acute stroke units revealed

Proposals to replace six stroke units with three new hyper acute stroke facilities across Kent and Medway have been revealed.

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Trust set to lose finance director as well as CEO

Medway Foundation Trust is to lose both its finance director and chief executive this autumn – with the medical director also making a sideways move into a different role.

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Trust waiting list soars after review

A specialist trust has seen its waiting list rise by a third – and uncovered an additional 115 52 week waiters – after a review revealed its reported figures were incomplete.

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Trust to offer extra leave to parents of premature babies

A trust which became the first in England to sign up to a pledge to support parents of premature babies has already received queries from other trusts keen to follow suit.

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CCGs in revolt over STP running costs

A clinical commissioning group refused to contribute to its STP’s running costs, HSJ can reveal.

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'Fantasy' trust debts overtake PFI liabilities

A steep increase in emergency bailouts means NHS trusts’ total borrowing from the Department of Health and Social Care has overtaken their PFI liabilities.

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Turnaround director appointed to troubled health economy

An off-payroll turnaround director has been appointed to one of the most financially challenged health economies, as two of its clinical commissioning groups were placed under legal directions by NHS England.

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HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2018: Quality Improvement Initiative of the Year

Winner Oxford Academic Health Science Network Patient Safety Collaborative and East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group: Reducing urinary tract infections through hydration

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Outgoing chief exec says STP could move faster

The departing chief executive of a hospital trust has called for an increase in the pace of change in health services in the area.

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County to develop “single service” pathology joint venture

Acute trusts across Kent have agreed to create a joint venture to deliver a single pathology service for the county, despite years of work, developing two services in the county.

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Top CEO to step down

The chief executive who brought one of the most troubled trusts in England out of special measures is set to return to Australia.

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HSIB to roll out maternity investigations across England by March 2019

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch will not achieve national coverage of maternity incidents until March next year, it has told HSJ.

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Financial performance: Best and worst of 2017-18

Twenty NHS providers accounted for almost £600m of deterioration against the trust sector’s financial plans in 2017-18.

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Trusts to work around major reconfiguration delay

Two acute trusts are trying to develop a shared on-call rota for vascular surgery after a long awaited reconfiguration was delayed again.