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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A foundation trust is to withdraw from a dermatology contract after hundreds of suspected cancer patients had to wait up to five weeks for a first appointment.
Nearly 2,500 patients have been recalled for extra tests after problems with a merged pathology service between Medway Foundation Trust and Dartford and Gravesham Trust.
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.
Proposals to replace six stroke units with three new hyper acute stroke facilities across Kent and Medway have been revealed.
One in 10 clinical commissioning groups have cut their mental health spending according to new figures from NHS England, more than double the previous year.
A clinical commissioning group refused to contribute to its STP’s running costs, HSJ can reveal.
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups have appointed a new joint accountable officer, a key appointment as it bids to move towards an integrated care system model.
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.
A former acute trust chief executive is to head the new single strategic commissioner covering six clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway.
Five clinical commissioning groups have been given legal directions by NHS England this month – two of which have been ordered to stop commissioning all acute services.
COMMERCIAL: Two clinical commissioning groups are going to court to overturn a contract suspension obtained by a local trust.
PATIENT SAFETY: An NHS trust has been criticised for its slow response after 14 patients contracted MRSA in 11 months after it dropped routine screening.
COMMERCIAL: The loss of a £126m contract to another provider could cause multiple staffing and patient care issues, a trust has said.