Kent and Medway’s eight clinical commissioning groups are developing a “single strategic commissioner” and could potentially merge from next year.
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.
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.
Commissioners in Kent plan to save more than £7m by reducing unwarranted variation in care over two years.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
The first NHS trust to be charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of a patient has pleaded not guilty today.
The first NHS trust to be charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of a patient will stand trial in January.
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.
STRUCTURE: Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust and Kent Community Health Trust have been granted foundation trust status by Monitor.
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’.
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.
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.
COMMERCIAL: A company which runs a major patient transport service in Kent and Medway is likely to face “further actions” from commissioners after failing to meet targets in its first year.
STRUCTURE: Concern has been raised about patients in Kent being removed from the register of their GP as part of an NHS England clean-up of lists.
Clinical commissioning groups in Kent have agreed to plough an extra £1.6m into their contract with a private ambulance provider as part of a “last chance” deal to improve its performance.