NHS Swale CCG

dermatology_dermatitis_girl_woman_cleansing_skin_face_cancer.jpg

Patients struggling to contact new provider after service transfer

Patients have claimed they have been left hanging on the telephone for hours after a dermatology service was transferred to a new provider.

Front of Medway Maritime Hospital

Trust hits waiting time target in just 8pc of cases

A trust has apologised to patients after its performance against the two-week waiting time target for symptomatic breast referrals fell to less than 8 per cent.

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Exclusive: Nearly 3,300 patients in 'harm review' for merged service

The Royal College of Pathologists has been called in to review a merged pathology service which has had to recall thousands of patients for repeat blood tests.

Front of Medway Maritime Hospital

Trust blames coding problems for high death rate

A review of deaths at a trust with elevated mortality rates has suggested coding issues, and not care quality, as the likely cause, HSJ has been told.

Illustration of a brain with cogs

Regional stroke plans given the green light

Controversial plans to create three hyperacute stroke units in Kent and Medway have been approved, but could still face a judicial review.

GP doctor applying wound dressing

'Unaffordable' urgent care procurement halted

Procurement of urgent treatment centres and GP out-of-hours services across two clinical commissioning groups has been discontinued – because the money on offer was not enough to attract providers.

County hall maidstone

Council drops CCG from joint commissioning deal

A county council has withdrawn from an agreement in which the NHS commissioned some child mental health services on its behalf, over concerns the expected outcomes were not being achieved.

Front of Medway Maritime Hospital

Plans to relocate stroke services could face judicial review

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.

Glenn douglas

Revealed: STP leader’s damning assessment of local commissioners

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.

Ambulance

Commissioners give struggling ambulance service £10m extra

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.

IVF.jpg

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.

cancer scan treatment

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.

Blood Test

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.

Wheelchair on pavement

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.

Claire Murdoch

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.

World map globe

Exclusive: Overseas GP recruitment falling 'significantly' short of target

Local health chiefs have been told to significantly reduce their expectations for the number of GPs that will be hired through NHS England’s international recruitment programme.

Money and looking glass

CCGs in revolt over STP running costs

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

Doctor at GP surgery

Revealed: Millions of patients denied access to extended GP hours

More than five million patients have no access to extended GP opening hours with new NHS England data showing those CCGs which are furthest away from meeting national deadline.

drivers

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.

Kent

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.