NHS Ashford CCG

Financial spreadsheets

Reconfiguration key to 'special measures' CCG's turnaround

Four CCGs placed into special measures by NHS England won’t be able to solve all the area’s problems until a decision is made on a reconfiguration of acute and specialist services, the accountable officer has warned.

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.

Prison

Hospital review after prison labour leads to stillbirth

A hospital is changing some of its procedures after the stillbirth of a baby whose mother was transferred from a local prison during labour.

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Major A&E reconfiguration delayed

Plans to consult on much needed changes to accident and emergency services in east Kent are being pushed back.

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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.

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.

Surgeons surgery

CCGs left with £15m bill following dispute with acute trust

Commissioners have been left with a £15m bill after losing a dispute with their local acute trust over procedures which they said had been costed wrongly.

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Hundreds of children waiting years for ADHD assessments

Up to 800 children have been waiting nearly two years for assessments for autistic spectrum conditions and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in Kent, it has emerged.

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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.

Kent

Commissioners ask neighbouring CCG to give back £3m

A clinical commissioning group that gave a neighbouring CCG £3m at the start of the financial year has asked for its money back after running into financial problems.

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.

Construction

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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GP quality: The best and worst areas in the South

East Berkshire and bordering areas in Hampshire and Surrey have the majority of worst rated GP surgeries in the South, exclusive HSJ analysis has shown.

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Thousands of disabled people forced to wait months for wheelchairs

One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.