The launch of an enhanced service across two counties has been delayed because of the coronavirus crisis.
More than 70 children and young people have been put at risk by long delays in treatment by mental health services in Kent and Medway, HSJ has learned.
Campaigners fighting a regional centralisation of stroke services have lost their judicial review.
A director at KPMG is set to take over as the accountable officer for the single clinical commissioning group due to be formed in Kent and Medway, which will be the largest outside London.
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.
Four surgeries run by a former chair of a clinical commissioning group in Kent have been closed after the Care Quality Commission took action “to protect patients”.
Twenty clinical commissioning groups have been given the green light to merge from NHS England and NHS Improvement, HSJ can confirm.
NHS England has approved a first tranche of clinical commissioning group mergers for April 2020, but has declined to say which ones.
South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has warned it will need “mutual aid” from other NHS providers and is highly likely to move to the highest emergency response category, REAP level 4, if there is a no-deal Brexit in October, HSJ has learned.
Counsellors without the required accreditation are providing NHS-funded therapy services, despite NHS England tightening the rules for providers.
Four clinical commissioning groups which were planning to cut costs by reducing the number of IVF cycles they fund will now face an increased bill, after rowing back on the decision.
Two patients may have suffered harm after almost 30 NHS 111 calls were not passed onto the 999 service, despite being triaged as needing an ambulance.
Patients have claimed they have been left hanging on the telephone for hours after a dermatology service was transferred to a new provider.
The Royal College of Pathologists has been called in to review a merged pathology service which has had to recall thousands of patients for repeat blood tests.
Controversial plans to create three hyperacute stroke units in Kent and Medway have been approved, but could still face a judicial review.
A county council has withdrawn from an agreement in which the NHS commissioned some child mental health services on its behalf, over concerns the expected outcomes were not being achieved.
New funding allocations which favour areas of extreme deprivation will see some clinical commissioning groups receive cash growth of up to 15 per cent next year, with others receiving increases of less than 5 per cent.
Controversial plans to halve the number of hospitals admitting stroke patients in Kent and Medway could face judicial review after mounting concerns from councillors about the proposals.
A candid assessment of the health system across Kent and Medway has concluded the sustainability and transformation programme has not unified the system, is dominated by providers and little significant action has been taken on improving commissioning.
A manager warned that a GP out of hours provider was “unsafe” after just two doctors were responsible for covering a population of over 1.4 million overnight, a leaked email has revealed.