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.
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.
Five clinical commissioning groups have significantly improved their ratings in the new assessment framework published by NHS England.
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.
East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust is considering centralising its elective orthopaedic services to help it better cope with next winter.
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 clinical commissioning group has opted out of a regional strategic commissioning arrangement and another CCG has asked for more assurances before joining.
Kent and Medway’s eight clinical commissioning groups are developing a “single strategic commissioner” and could potentially merge from next year.
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.
Patients with serious spinal injuries are unable to leave hospital for months because of “squabbles” between commissioners and providers over sourcing the equipment they need to go home, HSJ has learned.
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.