NHS West Kent CCG

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Exclusive: Trust diverted at least 120 women in labour in four years

A trust with deep-rooted problems in its maternity service had to close one of its two units — which are nearly 40 miles apart — to new births 111 times in four years, HSJ can reveal.

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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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Staff shortage forces service centralisation ahead of plan

Surgery for aortic aneurysms has been moved out of a hospital ahead of schedule, following an emergency reconfiguration of services caused by staff shortages.

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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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‘About that bus…?’: Not just Kent – The troubled health economies facing a no-deal jam

Welcome to the ‘About that bus…?’ weekly newsletter – giving you the inside track on how the fallout from Brexit is affecting the NHS at national and local level, edited by James Illman Contact me in confidence.

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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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‘About that bus…’: Preparing for ‘Armageddon’ and intense political scrutiny

Welcome to the ‘About that bus…’ weekly newsletter: giving you the inside track on how the fallout from Brexit is affecting the NHS at national and local level, edited by James Illman Contact me in confidence.

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NHS books hotels for staff as Kent braces for no-deal Brexit ‘Armageddon’

The NHS in Kent is block-booking hotel rooms for staff and planning with police to get workers and patients through “gridlocked roads” to hospitals as part of preparations for a no-deal Brexit “Armageddon”.

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Mapped: Sweeping CCG mergers planned for next year

HSJ’s map shows the 86 clinical commissioning groups proposing mergers in 2020, in what looks set to be the largest NHS consolidation for more than a decade.

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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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Investigation launched into safeguarding at psychiatric unit

A multi-agency investigation has been launched at a psychiatric unit after a “disproportionate” number of safeguarding alerts for patient-on-patient attacks.

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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.