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.
The health and social care secretary has confirmed that NHS staff working for social enterprises will have their pay uplift fully funded.
The chief executive who brought one of the most troubled trusts in England out of special measures is set to return to Australia.
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.
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.
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 team of medical professionals had to review the notes of 3,200 patients registered at a Kent practice because of “significant” concerns over patient safety.
A social enterprise has won a contract to provide all NHS and council commissioned children’s community services in Medway.
A former acute trust chief executive is to head the new single strategic commissioner covering six clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway.
Kent and Medway’s eight clinical commissioning groups are developing a “single strategic commissioner” and could potentially merge from next year.
Faced with high delayed transfers of care, Medway Clinical Commissioning Group identified four discharge pathways a year ago and things started turning around, explain Stuart Jeffery, James Lowell, John Britt, and Helen Martin
Five NHS trusts have been identified by the Care Quality Commission as having significantly poor overall patient experience scores.
A hospital which was previously ranked as one of the worst in the country has been removed from special measures.
FINANCE: The trust whose chief executive is leading the Kent and Medway sustainability and transformation plan has said it cannot make the savings demanded in the first year.
PERFORMANCE: Medway Foundation Trust has shown signs of “considerable improvement” since it was inspected last August and September, the chief inspector of hospitals has said.
WORKFORCE: A Kent clinical commissioning group is considering bringing in clinicians from Calais to help reduce waiting times and increase choice locally.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
Commissioners warned that a controversial South East Coast Ambulance Foundation Trust pilot that added 10 minutes to some emergency response times may have contributed to the death of at least one patient, leaked emails seen by HSJ reveal.