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.
The private company operating NHS 111 and GP out of hours services in East Kent is to hand back the contract even earlier than previously planned – leaving commissioners to find an alternative provider to cover the winter.
A company operating one of the first integrated NHS 111 and GP out of hours services is to hand back the contract to the NHS.
East Berkshire and bordering areas in Hampshire and Surrey have the majority of worst rated GP surgeries in the South, exclusive HSJ analysis has shown.
One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.
An ambulance trust has been asked to continue providing NHS 111 services with just 12 days’ notice after plans for a new provider to take over were delayed twice.
COMMISSIONING: NHS 111 and GP out of hours services in east Kent are to be run by one organisation – but there are already fears about the transition to the new provider.
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.
PATIENT SAFETY: An anaesthetist whose alleged errors form part of a landmark legal case against Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust had previously made “straightforward and basic failings”, a court heard.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
The first NHS trust to be charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of a patient has pleaded not guilty today.