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Exclusive: Overseas GP recruitment falling 'significantly' short of target

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.

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CCGs in revolt over STP running costs

A clinical commissioning group refused to contribute to its STP’s running costs, HSJ can reveal.

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Revealed: Millions of patients denied access to extended GP hours

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.

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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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Former acute trust boss to lead six CCGs

A former acute trust chief executive is to head the new single strategic commissioner covering six clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway.

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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.

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We threw the kitchen sink at DTOCs and it worked

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

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GP quality: The best and worst areas in the South

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.

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Thousands of disabled people forced to wait months for wheelchairs

One in five children and almost one in six adults are waiting more than four months for the wheelchair they need to be delivered.

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CCGs win legal battle over Virgin community contract

COMMERCIAL: Kent clinical commissioning groups have won a legal bid to lift the suspension of a contract they awarded to Virgin Care.

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CCGs head to court to overturn Virgin contract suspension

COMMERCIAL: Two clinical commissioning groups are going to court to overturn a contract suspension obtained by a local trust.

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Trust warns of ‘significant’ quality and safety risks if private provider keeps contract

COMMERCIAL: The loss of a £126m contract to another provider could cause multiple staffing and patient care issues, a trust has said.

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Legal challenge launched against £126m Virgin Care contract

COMMERCIAL: A formal legal challenge has been made to commissioners who awarded a private sector company a £126m community care contract.

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Loser of £126m tender challenges commissioners

COMMERCIAL: One of the losers in a £126m community services tender has written to commissioners to query their methodology.

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Ambulances may be diverted from failing trust

ACUTE CARE: Medway Foundation Trust could see some blue light ambulances sent to another hospital in response to public concern.

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Virgin Care wins Kent community contract

COMMERICAL: Virgin Care has won a contract to provide adult community health services across a swathe of north Kent.

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Exclusive: GP groups cover most of England but ‘lack ambition and priorities’

Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.

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Controversial ambulance delay pilot may have contributed to patient death

Commissioners warned that a controversial South East Coast Ambulance Foundation Trust pilot that added 10 minutes to some emergency response times may have contributed to the death of at least one patient, leaked emails seen by HSJ reveal.

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‘Urgent’ stroke review underway in Kent and Medway

STRUCTURE: There is an ‘urgent need’ to improve stroke services across Kent and Medway, commissioners have decided.