NHS West Kent CCG

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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.

Kent

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.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Eight CCGs contemplate merger

Kent and Medway’s eight clinical commissioning groups are developing a “single strategic commissioner” and could potentially merge from next year.

William harvey hospital

Commissioners outline stroke services shake-up

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.

Syringe

NHS England vaccine advice 'increased risk of flu admissions'

More patients may have been admitted to hospital with flu this winter after NHS England asked GPs to order a less expensive flu vaccine, a senior doctor has warned.

hospital corridor

CCG targets millions in savings under Right Care programme

Commissioners in Kent plan to save more than £7m by reducing unwarranted variation in care over two years.

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Independent provider to NHS rated 'outstanding' by CQC

The Care Quality Commission has rated Benenden Hospital, an independent provider of elective care to the NHS, as outstanding, following an inspection in January this year.

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Targets

STP lead’s trust will miss savings targets

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.

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FT making ‘considerable improvement’ after three years in special measures

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.

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Trust criticised for handling of MRSA outbreak

PATIENT SAFETY: An NHS trust has been criticised for its slow response after 14 patients contracted MRSA in 11 months after it dropped routine screening.

Court

Maidstone trial: Anaesthetist previously made 'basic failings', court hears

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.

Royal Courts of Justice

Trust charged with corporate manslaughter pleads not guilty

The first NHS trust to be charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of a patient has pleaded not guilty today.

Royal Courts of Justice

Trial date set for trust facing corporate manslaughter charge

The first NHS trust to be charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of a patient will stand trial in January.

Older person in chair with stick

Director of nursing concerned about high number of patient falls

PERFORMANCE: Dartford and Gravesham Trust plans to bring in low rise beds and visual aids for older people to prevent people sustaining injuries through falls.

Nottingham

Two more trusts reach foundation status

STRUCTURE: Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust and Kent Community Health Trust have been granted foundation trust status by Monitor.

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Kent trust told to improve by the CQC

PERFORMANCE: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust has been told it must improve following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission, which found that the trust’s governance was ‘inadequate’.

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NHS England resolves £50m dispute with CCGs

NHS England has settled a dispute with clinical commissioning groups in the south of England over its proposal to transfer £50m from their budgets to its own specialised commissioners.

Cars

Patient transport service fails to improve

PERFORMANCE: Clinical commissioning groups in Kent and Medway may be forced to continue using a patient transport service that is failing to hit its targets because of the terms of its contract.