NHS South Kent Coast CCG

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Outpatients and day surgery could move out of city

Day surgery and outpatient clinics could largely move out of Canterbury if a proposal to site an emergency and specialist hospital in the city go ahead.

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CCGs split on IVF policy

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.

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CCGs asked to pump extra £2m into wheelchair contract

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.

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Plans to close three acute stroke units revealed

Proposals to replace six stroke units with three new hyper acute stroke facilities across Kent and Medway have been revealed.

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Elective operations moved to new hospital ahead of winter

A Kent trust is moving elective work and creating two new theatres in an attempt to avoid cancelling operations this winter.

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Reconfiguration key to 'special measures' CCG's turnaround

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.

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CCGs to pump more money into wheelchair services

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.

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New CCG ratings revealed

Five clinical commissioning groups have significantly improved their ratings in the new assessment framework published by NHS England.

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NHS 111 procurement halted at the last minute

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.

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Harm assessments after 160 children wait more than a year for mental health treatment

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.

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Trust considers centralising elective activity ahead of winter

East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust is considering centralising its elective orthopaedic services to help it better cope with next winter.

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Major A&E reconfiguration delayed

Plans to consult on much needed changes to accident and emergency services in east Kent are being pushed back.

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Commissioners up spending on struggling transport service

The Kent and Medway clinical commissioning groups are to put more money into patient transport services, despite the provider not meeting many performance targets.

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Eight CCGs to share chief officer and consider merger

All eight clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway are to work together as a single strategic commissioner and share an accountable officer.

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CCGs left with £15m bill following dispute with acute trust

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.

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Hundreds of children waiting years for ADHD assessments

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.

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Updated: CCG pulls out of whole-county commissioner plan

A clinical commissioning group has opted out of a regional strategic commissioning arrangement and another CCG has asked for more assurances before joining.

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Eight CCGs contemplate merger

Kent and Medway’s eight clinical commissioning groups are developing a “single strategic commissioner” and could potentially merge from next year.

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Commissioners outline stroke services shake-up

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.

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Analysis: The areas struggling most with cancer targets

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.