NHS Ashford CCG

Kent

Commissioners ask neighbouring CCG to give back £3m

A clinical commissioning group that gave a neighbouring CCG £3m at the start of the financial year has asked for its money back after running into financial problems.

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Commissioners outline stroke services shake-up

Major plans to reform stroke services in Kent and Medway could leave the east of the county with just one stroke centre and the west of the county without one at all.

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Analysis: The areas struggling most with cancer targets

Cancer patients in three counties are at greater risk of death than elsewhere in the country because of slow referrals and late diagnosis, official data reveals.

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More than 23,000 patients impacted by eye appointments backlog

A teaching trust is struggling to see a massive backlog of ophthalmology patients waiting for follow up appointments.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Hole in CCGs' finances after bed closures abandoned

A plan to close 100 beds in an acute trust has not been implemented – leaving a hole in clinical commissioning groups’ budgets for this financial year.

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Housing developer offers to build new hospital for struggling health economy

A new hospital offering centralised emergency and specialist services for the struggling east Kent health economy is under serious consideration, it has emerged today.

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Company rated inadequate ahead of 111 contract handover

An private provider of NHS 111 and GP out of hours services has had a second critical report from the Care Quality Commission a week before it is due to hand back the contract.

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CCG given months to find 111 provider after private firm cuts contract

The private company operating NHS 111 and GP out of hours services in East Kent is to hand back the contract even earlier than previously planned – leaving commissioners to find an alternative provider to cover the winter.

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'Inadequate' private provider to hand back troubled contract early

A company operating one of the first integrated NHS 111 and GP out of hours services is to hand back the contract to the NHS.

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GP quality: The best and worst areas in the South

East Berkshire and bordering areas in Hampshire and Surrey have the majority of worst rated GP surgeries in the South, exclusive HSJ analysis has shown.

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Thousands of disabled people forced to wait months for wheelchairs

One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.

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Trust asked to maintain 111 service with 12 days' notice

An ambulance trust has been asked to continue providing NHS 111 services with just 12 days’ notice after plans for a new provider to take over were delayed twice.

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'Red risks' identified for 111 provider switch

COMMISSIONING: NHS 111 and GP out of hours services in east Kent are to be run by one organisation – but there are already fears about the transition to the new provider.

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FTs agree to push ahead with merger

STRUCTURE: Two Surrey trusts could merge as early as the summer after their boards decided to press ahead with revised plans.

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Exclusive: GP groups cover most of England but ‘lack ambition and priorities’

Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.

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Surrey merger 'provisionally cleared' by CMA

The proposed merger between Royal Surrey County Hospital Foundation Trust and Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Foundation Trust has been ‘provisionally cleared’ by the Competition and Markets Authority.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

New chair at East Kent

WORKFORCE: A new chair has been appointed at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Chair of East Kent FT retires

WORKFORCE: The chair of East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust has retired.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

East Kent to consult on emergency services centralisation

STRUCTURE: East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust will launch a public consultation into moving its emergency services into one hospital later this year.

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New interim chief executive for East Kent

WORKFORCE: East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust has appointed an interim chief executive to succeed Stuart Bain when he retires in March.