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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.

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Leaked email: Manager warned overnight service was unsafe

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.

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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.

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Trust exits financial special measures as deficit reduces

A trust has been taken out of financial special measures after over two years – because it has reduced its underlying deficit by £15m and is making progress on efficiency and productivity savings.

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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.

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Quarter of CCGs fall below psychosis spend benchmark

Nearly a quarter of clinical commissioning groups are spending less than the estimated sum needed to provide proper care to seriously ill mental health patients, according to a new analysis by HSJ.

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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.

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Trust ordered to review 62 day cancer target slump

A trust which has seen its 62 day cancer target performance slump to less than 54 per cent has been ordered to provide a report for the national cancer director Cally Palmer.

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CCGs to pump more money into wheelchair services

Commissioners in Kent and Medway are having to put extra money into a wheelchair contract after more than 330 people were left waiting more than a year.

Ambulance

NHS 111 procurement halted at the last minute

Two procurements for NHS 111 in the south east have been halted – in one case, just weeks before a new operator was expected to be announced.

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Harm assessments after 160 children wait more than a year for mental health treatment

Clinical harm reviews are being carried out to see if 160 children came to harm after waiting more than a year for mental health treatment, HSJ can reveal.

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Trust considers centralising elective activity ahead of winter

East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust is considering centralising its elective orthopaedic services to help it better cope with next winter.

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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.

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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.

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Former acute trust boss to lead six CCGs

A former acute trust chief executive is to head the new single strategic commissioner covering six clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway.

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.

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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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Exclusive: NHS England vaccine advice 'increased risk of flu admissions'

More patients may have been admitted to hospital with flu this winter after NHS England asked GPs to order a less expensive flu vaccine, a senior doctor has warned.

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CCG targets millions in savings under Right Care programme

Commissioners in Kent plan to save more than £7m by reducing unwarranted variation in care over two years.