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.
Five clinical commissioning groups have significantly improved their ratings in the new assessment framework published by NHS England.
Plans to consult on much needed changes to accident and emergency services in east Kent are being pushed back.
The Kent and Medway clinical commissioning groups are to put more money into patient transport services, despite the provider not meeting many performance targets.
All eight clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway are to work together as a single strategic commissioner and share an accountable officer.
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.
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.
A former acute trust chief executive is to head the new single strategic commissioner covering six clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway.
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.
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.
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.
There is a risk of a “loss of momentum” in new care models ahead of a major shift in their funding in the next financial year, the GP lead for two national vanguards has warned.
A teaching trust is struggling to see a massive backlog of ophthalmology patients waiting for follow up appointments.
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.
A new hospital offering centralised emergency and specialist services for the struggling east Kent health economy is under serious consideration, it has emerged today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.