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.
An acute trust in Kent has admitted it will miss its financial plan for the fourth year in a row.
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.
A trust which became the first in England to sign up to a pledge to support parents of premature babies has already received queries from other trusts keen to follow suit.
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.