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
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.
COMMERCIAL: Kent clinical commissioning groups have won a legal bid to lift the suspension of a contract they awarded to Virgin Care.
COMMERCIAL: Two clinical commissioning groups are going to court to overturn a contract suspension obtained by a local trust.
COMMERCIAL: The loss of a £126m contract to another provider could cause multiple staffing and patient care issues, a trust has said.
COMMERCIAL: A formal legal challenge has been made to commissioners who awarded a private sector company a £126m community care contract.
COMMERCIAL: One of the losers in a £126m community services tender has written to commissioners to query their methodology.
ACUTE CARE: Medway Foundation Trust could see some blue light ambulances sent to another hospital in response to public concern.
COMMERICAL: Virgin Care has won a contract to provide adult community health services across a swathe of north Kent.
Four fifths of clinical commissioning groups have at least one large scale GP provider group in their area, according to information collected by HSJ.
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.
STRUCTURE: There is an ‘urgent need’ to improve stroke services across Kent and Medway, commissioners have decided.
STRUCTURE: Medway Foundation Trust could see some of its work moved to a neighbouring trust to relieve pressure on the struggling organisation.
GP surgeries in areas with some of the highest patient to doctor ratios are increasingly relying on nurses to plug gaps left by the shortage of medics
PERFORMANCE: The Care Quality Commission is taking action against a GP practice in Kent after an inspection alleged that medicines were not stored safely and patients’ privacy was not protected.
HSJ analysis of the 53 trusts due to receive a share of the Department of Health’s £250m winter pressure fund shows many are prioritising improvements to the care of the frail elderly.