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.
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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.
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The NHS in Kent is block-booking hotel rooms for staff and planning with police to get workers and patients through “gridlocked roads” to hospitals as part of preparations for a no-deal Brexit “Armageddon”.
Counsellors without the required accreditation are providing NHS-funded therapy services, despite NHS England tightening the rules for providers.
HSJ’s map shows the 86 clinical commissioning groups proposing mergers in 2020, in what looks set to be the largest NHS consolidation for more than a decade.
A clinical commissioning group has been criticised for how it handled potential conflicts of interest when it handed out contracts to organisations owned by its own GPs.
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.
A shake-up of emergency and specialist services between three hospitals in Kent is facing delays and is expected to cost far more than originally thought.
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A county council has withdrawn from an agreement in which the NHS commissioned some child mental health services on its behalf, over concerns the expected outcomes were not being achieved.
The Kent and Medway health economy is likely to end the year with a net deficit of at least £113m, nearly £36m worse than previously forecast.
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.
Commissioners are to pump an extra £10m into ambulance services in the south east this financial year so national standards for responding to emergency calls can be met from the middle of 2019.
Day surgery and outpatient clinics could largely move out of Canterbury if a proposal to site an emergency and specialist hospital in the city go ahead.