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.
A manager warned that a GP out of hours provider was “unsafe” after just two doctors were responsible for covering a population of over 1.4 million overnight, a leaked email has revealed.
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.
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.
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.
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 Kent trust is moving elective work and creating two new theatres in an attempt to avoid cancelling operations this winter.
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.