NHS Thanet CCG

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Revealed: More older people waiting in pain for urgent hip operations

More older patients are waiting too long in hospital before treatment for painful and crippling hip fractures, new data reveals, potentially undermining “compassion and dignity” for patients.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

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.

William harvey hospital

Commissioners outline stroke services shake-up

Major plans to reform stroke services in Kent and Medway could leave the east of the county with just one stroke centre and the west of the county without one at all.

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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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More than 23,000 patients impacted by eye appointments backlog

A teaching trust is struggling to see a massive backlog of ophthalmology patients waiting for follow up appointments.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Hole in CCGs' finances after bed closures abandoned

A plan to close 100 beds in an acute trust has not been implemented – leaving a hole in clinical commissioning groups’ budgets for this financial year.

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Housing developer offers to build new hospital for struggling health economy

A new hospital offering centralised emergency and specialist services for the struggling east Kent health economy is under serious consideration, it has emerged today.

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Company rated inadequate ahead of 111 contract handover

An private provider of NHS 111 and GP out of hours services has had a second critical report from the Care Quality Commission a week before it is due to hand back the contract.

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CCG given months to find 111 provider after private firm cuts contract

The private company operating NHS 111 and GP out of hours services in East Kent is to hand back the contract even earlier than previously planned – leaving commissioners to find an alternative provider to cover the winter.

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'Inadequate' private provider to hand back troubled contract early

A company operating one of the first integrated NHS 111 and GP out of hours services is to hand back the contract to the NHS.

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Trust asked to maintain 111 service with 12 days' notice

An ambulance trust has been asked to continue providing NHS 111 services with just 12 days’ notice after plans for a new provider to take over were delayed twice.

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'Red risks' identified for 111 provider switch

COMMISSIONING: NHS 111 and GP out of hours services in east Kent are to be run by one organisation – but there are already fears about the transition to the new provider.

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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.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

New chair at East Kent

WORKFORCE: A new chair has been appointed at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Chair of East Kent FT retires

WORKFORCE: The chair of East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust has retired.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

East Kent to consult on emergency services centralisation

STRUCTURE: East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust will launch a public consultation into moving its emergency services into one hospital later this year.

Chris Bown

New interim chief executive for East Kent

WORKFORCE: East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust has appointed an interim chief executive to succeed Stuart Bain when he retires in March.

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Kent trust and CCGs called to joint performance meeting

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust and its neighbouring clinical commissioning groups have been called to a meeting with NHS England and Monitor because of poor performance against cancer, accident and emergency, elective and diagnostic targets.

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CCG’s break with QOF set to test integration and co-commissioning support

Allowing GPs in a single clinical commissioning group to break away from the nationally agreed quality and outcomes framework will test whether the approach could help drive integration and support co-commissioning, HSJ has been told.

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CCGs seek to follow Somerset in breaking away from QOF

Clinical commissioning groups have queued up to follow Somerset’s lead and break away from the national quality and outcomes framework, despite a strong signal from NHS England that further extension of the freedoms were unlikely in 2014-15.