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Groundbreaking digital service launch falls foul of coronavirus pandemic

The launch of an enhanced service across two counties has been delayed because of the coronavirus crisis.

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Young people put at risk by delays for treatment

More than 70 children and young people have been put at risk by long delays in treatment by mental health services in Kent and Medway, HSJ has learned.

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Campaigners lose legal battle against major reconfiguration

Campaigners fighting a regional centralisation of stroke services have lost their judicial review.

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Cost of hospital building project doubles in 18 months

The cost of a planned hospital reconfiguration in Kent has rocketed, with one option now estimated to cost twice as much as forecast 18 months ago.

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Ministers tell watchdogs to report on maternity scandal trust within two weeks

The Care Quality Commission and the Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch have been told to produce reports on a scandal-hit maternity service within two weeks.

Kent

New chief for challenged system covering 1.8m

A director at KPMG is set to take over as the accountable officer for the single clinical commissioning group due to be formed in Kent and Medway, which will be the largest outside London.

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Controversial stroke plans delayed

A controversial reconfiguration of stroke services in Kent and Medway will be delayed by over a year, regardless of whether an ongoing court case forces NHS organisations to change their current plans.

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Stroke review failed to account for health inequalities, court told

The NHS in Kent failed to take account of its duty to reduce inequalities when it decided where to place hyperacute stroke services, a court was told.

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Updated: Third large CCG merger confirmed in south east

Twenty clinical commissioning groups have been given the green light to merge from NHS England and NHS Improvement, HSJ can confirm.

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Batch of CCG mergers approved for next year

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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Exclusive: Trust will need ‘mutual aid’ in no-deal Brexit scenario

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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Revealed: The new CCG ratings

Sixty-three clinical commissioning groups have seen their overall performance ratings change over the past year, according to NHS England’s latest assessment framework.

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Review found ‘significant concerns’ about conflicts at CCG

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.

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CCGs' IVF bill to increase after cost-cutting decision backtracked

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.

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Hospital reconfiguration faces delays as costs soar

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.

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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.

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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.

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STP could miss planned deficit by more than £35m

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.

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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.

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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.