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.
PERFORMANCE: Dartford and Gravesham Trust plans to bring in low rise beds and visual aids for older people to prevent people sustaining injuries through falls.
STRUCTURE: Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust and Kent Community Health Trust have been granted foundation trust status by Monitor.
STRUCTURE: Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust has opened a satellite eye clinic at Darent Valley Hospital in Kent after objections from another provider cast doubt over the service.
GP surgeries in areas with some of the highest patient to doctor ratios are increasingly relying on nurses to plug gaps left by the shortage of medics
Providers are increasingly willing to use the procurement, patient choice and competition regulations to challenge decisions, experts have stated, after HSJ analysis identified six of the first legal challenges to emerge.