Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Pathology

Four trusts pull back from commercial pathology option

Trusts across Kent and Medway have drawn back from changes to pathology services which could have led to greater centralisation and even outsourcing.

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Trust’s ‘inadequate’ leadership referred to patients as bed numbers, finds CQC

A trust which has struggled to sustain improvements after coming out of special measures three years ago has been judged “inadequate” for being well-led.

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Trust changes strategic priorities ahead of critical CQC report

A  trust has made changes to its nursing strategy ahead of a Care Quality Commission report which is expected to be highly critical of aspects of its care.

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Campaigners lose legal battle against major reconfiguration

Campaigners fighting a regional centralisation of stroke services have lost their judicial review.

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Trust chair announces departure ahead of CQC report

A foundation trust chair has announced he is stepping down, just weeks before a Care Quality Commission report is due to be published.

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Trust shuts ward suddenly after CQC visit

A trust has closed an escalation ward “following discussions with the Care Quality Commission”, after a visit by the regulator which HSJ understands was critical of some services.

Pathology

Review of troubled service still not launched after 16 months

A royal college’s review of quality concerns at a pathology service — first approved in September 2018 — has yet to get underway, HSJ has been told.

Surgery

Staff shortage forces service centralisation ahead of plan

Surgery for aortic aneurysms has been moved out of a hospital ahead of schedule, following an emergency reconfiguration of services caused by staff shortages.

Money

Exclusive: Trusts set to be let off £10bn debt

NHS providers that owe the government a combined £10bn would see the debts converted into a form of investment that does not have to be repaid, under plans being discussed by national leaders.

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Trust told to do harm reviews after patients drop off waiting list

A trust has been told to carry out harm reviews on 74 patients who disappeared from a waiting list after they could not be found an appointment slot.

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Controversial stroke plans delayed

A controversial reconfiguration of stroke services in Kent and Medway will be delayed by over a year, regardless of whether an ongoing court case forces NHS organisations to change their current plans.

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Trust and NHSI investigating weekend death rates gap

An acute trust is investigating a “significant” gap between mortality rates for patients admitted at weekends and those admitted during the week – which it says could be partly due to lack of “wrap around” services in the community on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Named: The trusts receiving new cash for scanners

The trusts in line to receive £200m for upgrading cancer screening equipment from the government have been announced.

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‘High risk’ estates maintenance cost continues to spiral

The cost of fixing NHS buildings to avoid serious injuries to patients and major disruption to clinical services continues to rise and outstrip the NHS’ investment in estates maintenance, new figures reveal.

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Trust’s management blasted by outgoing director

An acute trust’s outgoing director of infection prevention and control has warned infection control was “not driven from the centre of the organisation” and that a lack of engagement from managers, and the medical and nursing establishment went “under the radar”.

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NHS trusts owe government £14bn

Heavily-indebted NHS providers are bidding to restructure their loans with the Department of Health and Social Care, albeit with little prospect of them being written off.

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Social enterprise’s service lands trust in trouble with regulators

A social enterprise’s poorly-performing type 3 service is weighing down an acute trust’s overall A&E performance – and getting it into trouble with its regulators.

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Stroke unit shutting down early after losing staff

A Kent stroke unit is to close seven months earlier than planned, as the loss of staff is putting patient safety at risk.

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Breast cancer target performance drops 10pp in a year

Performance against a target for the NHS to quickly see patients with suspected breast cancer fell by more than 10 percentage points in the last financial year, new data reveals.

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Exclusive: Government pledges more NHS bailouts amid growing audit concerns

The government has intervened to reassure NHS trusts they will continue to be bailed out, following increasing concerns from auditors over their operational viability, HSJ has learned.