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.
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.
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.
There is a risk of a “loss of momentum” in new care models ahead of a major shift in their funding in the next financial year, the GP lead for two national vanguards has warned.
A teaching trust is struggling to see a massive backlog of ophthalmology patients waiting for follow up appointments.
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.
A new hospital offering centralised emergency and specialist services for the struggling east Kent health economy is under serious consideration, it has emerged today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The six areas working “intensively” with a view to taking on a new contract for large GP providers include two super-partnerships, but also four looser groups of practices, HSJ has learned.
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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WORKFORCE: A new chair has been appointed at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust.
WORKFORCE: The chair of East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust has retired.
STRUCTURE: East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust will launch a public consultation into moving its emergency services into one hospital later this year.
STRUCTURE: A GP ‘super-practice’ is seeking to trial new models of care outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View to ‘break down commissioning barriers’ and ‘innovate at a faster pace’.