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Analysis: The areas struggling most with cancer targets

Cancer patients in three counties are at greater risk of death than elsewhere in the country because of slow referrals and late diagnosis, official data reveals.

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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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GP quality: The best and worst areas in the South

East Berkshire and bordering areas in Hampshire and Surrey have the majority of worst rated GP surgeries in the South, exclusive HSJ analysis has shown.

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Thousands of disabled people forced to wait months for wheelchairs

One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.

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CCGs win legal battle over Virgin community contract

COMMERCIAL: Kent clinical commissioning groups have won a legal bid to lift the suspension of a contract they awarded to Virgin Care.

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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 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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Ambulances may be diverted from failing trust

ACUTE CARE: Medway Foundation Trust could see some blue light ambulances sent to another hospital in response to public concern.

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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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‘Urgent’ stroke review underway in Kent and Medway

STRUCTURE: There is an ‘urgent need’ to improve stroke services across Kent and Medway, commissioners have decided.

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Best Places to Work 2015 – CCGs

Kent organisations step in to relieve pressure on Medway

STRUCTURE: Medway Foundation Trust could see some of its work moved to a neighbouring trust to relieve pressure on the struggling organisation.

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Practices increasingly relying on primary care staff to fill GP shortfalls

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

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Action against GP practice following CQC inspection

PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission is taking action against a GP practice in Kent after an inspection alleged that medicines were not stored safely and patients’ privacy was not protected.

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Analysis: Elderly prioritised in spend of £250m A&E fund

HSJ analysis of the 53 trusts due to receive a share of the Department of Health’s £250m winter pressure fund shows many are prioritising improvements to the care of the frail elderly.

Long waits for CAMH in Kent and Medway

PERFORMANCE: Young people with mental health problems in Kent are having to wait more than six months for a specialist assessment.