Clinical commissioning groups in Kent are being asked to find at least an extra £2m for a service which is leaving people waiting months for wheelchairs.
Proposals to replace six stroke units with three new hyper acute stroke facilities across Kent and Medway have been revealed.
One in 10 clinical commissioning groups have cut their mental health spending according to new figures from NHS England, more than double the previous year.
A clinical commissioning group refused to contribute to its STP’s running costs, HSJ can reveal.
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups have appointed a new joint accountable officer, a key appointment as it bids to move towards an integrated care system model.
The Kent and Medway clinical commissioning groups are to put more money into patient transport services, despite the provider not meeting many performance targets.
All eight clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway are to work together as a single strategic commissioner and share an accountable officer.
A former acute trust chief executive is to head the new single strategic commissioner covering six clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway.
Five clinical commissioning groups have been given legal directions by NHS England this month – two of which have been ordered to stop commissioning all acute services.
COMMERCIAL: Two clinical commissioning groups are going to court to overturn a contract suspension obtained by a local trust.
PATIENT SAFETY: An NHS trust has been criticised for its slow response after 14 patients contracted MRSA in 11 months after it dropped routine screening.
COMMERCIAL: The loss of a £126m contract to another provider could cause multiple staffing and patient care issues, a trust has said.
COMMERCIAL: A formal legal challenge has been made to commissioners who awarded a private sector company a £126m community care contract.
COMMERCIAL: One of the losers in a £126m community services tender has written to commissioners to query their methodology.
Reports of “serious operational problems” at acute hospitals more than halved over the Christmas period compared to the previous year, according to national data.
COMMERICAL: Virgin Care has won a contract to provide adult community health services across a swathe of north Kent.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
Commissioners warned that a controversial South East Coast Ambulance Foundation Trust pilot that added 10 minutes to some emergency response times may have contributed to the death of at least one patient, leaked emails seen by HSJ reveal.
STRUCTURE: Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust has put forward an acute care vanguard bid in partnership with Dartford and Gravesham Trust. It would see the London teaching hospital become a ‘system leader’.
PERFORMANCE: An ambulance service’s use of shared electronic patient records has helped avoid more than 2,000 accident and emergency admissions this financial year in Kent, local commissioners have estimated.