NHS Medway CCG

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CCGs split on IVF policy

Eight clinical commissioning groups which were meant to work together under a single accountable officer are split on one of their first major commissioning decisions.

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Trust pulls out of contract as hundreds of cancer patients miss two week target

A foundation trust is to withdraw from a dermatology contract after hundreds of suspected cancer patients had to wait up to five weeks for a first appointment.

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Blood test recall for thousands of patients

Nearly 2,500 patients have been recalled for extra tests after problems with a merged pathology service between Medway Foundation Trust and Dartford and Gravesham Trust.

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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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Trust to offer extra leave to parents of premature babies

A trust which became the first in England to sign up to a pledge to support parents of premature babies has already received queries from other trusts keen to follow suit.

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CCGs to pump more money into wheelchair services

Commissioners in Kent and Medway are having to put extra money into a wheelchair contract after more than 330 people were left waiting more than a year.

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Social enterprises will benefit from pay deal, Hunt confirms

The health and social care secretary has confirmed that NHS staff working for social enterprises will have their pay uplift fully funded.

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Top CEO to step down

The chief executive who brought one of the most troubled trusts in England out of special measures is set to return to Australia.

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NHS 111 procurement halted at the last minute

Two procurements for NHS 111 in the south east have been halted – in one case, just weeks before a new operator was expected to be announced.

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Harm assessments after 160 children wait more than a year for mental health treatment

Clinical harm reviews are being carried out to see if 160 children came to harm after waiting more than a year for mental health treatment, HSJ can reveal.

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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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Primary care provider deregistered after 'fundamental' failings

A team of medical professionals had to review the notes of 3,200 patients registered at a Kent practice because of “significant” concerns over patient safety.

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Social enterprise takes over children's services

A social enterprise has won a contract to provide all NHS and council commissioned children’s community services in Medway.

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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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Eight CCGs contemplate merger

Kent and Medway’s eight clinical commissioning groups are developing a “single strategic commissioner” and could potentially merge from next year.

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We threw the kitchen sink at DTOCs and it worked

Faced with high delayed transfers of care, Medway Clinical Commissioning Group identified four discharge pathways a year ago and things started turning around, explain Stuart Jeffery, James Lowell, John Britt, and Helen Martin

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The best and worst performing trusts on patient experience

Five NHS trusts have been identified by the Care Quality Commission as having significantly poor overall patient experience scores.

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Original special measures trust exits regime

A hospital which was previously ranked as one of the worst in the country has been removed from special measures.