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CCGs asked to pump extra £2m into wheelchair contract

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.

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Plans to close three acute stroke units revealed

Proposals to replace six stroke units with three new hyper acute stroke facilities across Kent and Medway have been revealed.

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Revealed: One in 10 CCGs flout key NHS spending pledge

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.

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CCGs in revolt over STP running costs

A clinical commissioning group refused to contribute to its STP’s running costs, HSJ can reveal.

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CCGs appoint new chief officer

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.

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Commissioners up spending on struggling transport service

The Kent and Medway clinical commissioning groups are to put more money into patient transport services, despite the provider not meeting many performance targets.

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Eight CCGs to share chief officer and consider merger

All eight clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway are to work together as a single strategic commissioner and share an accountable officer.

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Former acute trust boss to lead six CCGs

A former acute trust chief executive is to head the new single strategic commissioner covering six clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway.

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CCGs in legal directions lose commissioning responsibilities

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.

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CCGs head to court to overturn Virgin contract suspension

COMMERCIAL: Two clinical commissioning groups are going to court to overturn a contract suspension obtained by a local trust.

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Trust criticised for handling of MRSA outbreak

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.

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Trust warns of ‘significant’ quality and safety risks if private provider keeps contract

COMMERCIAL: The loss of a £126m contract to another provider could cause multiple staffing and patient care issues, a trust has said.

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Legal challenge launched against £126m Virgin Care contract

COMMERCIAL: A formal legal challenge has been made to commissioners who awarded a private sector company a £126m community care contract.

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Loser of £126m tender challenges commissioners

COMMERCIAL: One of the losers in a £126m community services tender has written to commissioners to query their methodology.

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‘Good Christmas’ for NHS hospitals but some trusts still struggle

Reports of “serious operational problems” at acute hospitals more than halved over the Christmas period compared to the previous year, according to national data.

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Virgin Care wins Kent community contract

COMMERICAL: Virgin Care has won a contract to provide adult community health services across a swathe of north Kent.

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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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Controversial ambulance delay pilot may have contributed to patient death

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.

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London and Kent trusts team up for vanguard bid

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’.

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Shared record system helped avoid 2,000 A&E admissions, says CCG

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.