A review of deaths at a trust with elevated mortality rates has suggested coding issues, and not care quality, as the likely cause, HSJ has been told.
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.
A county council has withdrawn from an agreement in which the NHS commissioned some child mental health services on its behalf, over concerns the expected outcomes were not being achieved.
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.
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.
One in 10 clinical commissioning groups have cut their mental health spending according to new figures from NHS England, more than double the previous year.
Local health chiefs have been told to significantly reduce their expectations for the number of GPs that will be hired through NHS England’s international recruitment programme.
A clinical commissioning group refused to contribute to its STP’s running costs, HSJ can reveal.
More than five million patients have no access to extended GP opening hours with new NHS England data showing those CCGs which are furthest away from meeting national deadline.
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.
A former acute trust chief executive is to head the new single strategic commissioner covering six clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway.
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.
Faced with high delayed transfers of care, Medway Clinical Commissioning Group identified four discharge pathways a year ago and things started turning around, explain Stuart Jeffery, James Lowell, John Britt, and Helen Martin