Twenty clinical commissioning groups have been given the green light to merge from NHS England and NHS Improvement, HSJ can confirm.
NHS England has approved a first tranche of clinical commissioning group mergers for April 2020, but has declined to say which ones.
An acute trust’s outgoing director of infection prevention and control has warned infection control was “not driven from the centre of the organisation” and that a lack of engagement from managers, and the medical and nursing establishment went “under the radar”.
A social enterprise’s poorly-performing type 3 service is weighing down an acute trust’s overall A&E performance – and getting it into trouble with its regulators.
Four clinical commissioning groups which were planning to cut costs by reducing the number of IVF cycles they fund will now face an increased bill, after rowing back on the decision.
Two patients may have suffered harm after almost 30 NHS 111 calls were not passed onto the 999 service, despite being triaged as needing an ambulance.
Patients have claimed they have been left hanging on the telephone for hours after a dermatology service was transferred to a new provider.
A trust has apologised to patients after its performance against the two-week waiting time target for symptomatic breast referrals fell to less than 8 per cent.
NHS England has halted the commissioning of new eating disorder beds in the south east following three incidents involving children at the intended provider.
The Royal College of Pathologists has been called in to review a merged pathology service which has had to recall thousands of patients for repeat blood tests.
Controversial plans to create three hyperacute stroke units in Kent and Medway have been approved, but could still face a judicial review.
Procurement of urgent treatment centres and GP out-of-hours services across two clinical commissioning groups has been discontinued – because the money on offer was not enough to attract providers.
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.