NHS Medway CCG

Kent

Stroke review failed to account for health inequalities, court told

The NHS in Kent failed to take account of its duty to reduce inequalities when it decided where to place hyperacute stroke services, a court was told.

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Updated: Third large CCG merger confirmed in south east

Twenty clinical commissioning groups have been given the green light to merge from NHS England and NHS Improvement, HSJ can confirm.

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Batch of CCG mergers approved for next year

NHS England has approved a first tranche of clinical commissioning group mergers for April 2020, but has declined to say which ones.

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Trust’s management blasted by outgoing director

An acute trust’s outgoing director of infection prevention and control has warned infection control was “not driven from the centre of the organisation” and that a lack of engagement from managers, and the medical and nursing establishment went “under the radar”.

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Social enterprise’s service lands trust in trouble with regulators

A social enterprise’s poorly-performing type 3 service is weighing down an acute trust’s overall A&E performance – and getting it into trouble with its regulators.

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CCGs' IVF bill to increase after cost-cutting decision backtracked

Four clinical commissioning groups which were planning to cut costs by reducing the number of IVF cycles they fund will now face an increased bill, after rowing back on the decision.

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NHS 111 calls closed in error could have harmed patients

Two patients may have suffered harm after almost 30 NHS 111 calls were not passed onto the 999 service, despite being triaged as needing an ambulance.

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Patients struggling to contact new provider after service transfer

Patients have claimed they have been left hanging on the telephone for hours after a dermatology service was transferred to a new provider.

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Trust hits waiting time target in just 8pc of cases

A trust has apologised to patients after its performance against the two-week waiting time target for symptomatic breast referrals fell to less than 8 per cent.

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Specialist beds delayed after child welfare concerns

NHS England has halted the commissioning of new eating disorder beds in the south east following three incidents involving children at the intended provider.

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Exclusive: Nearly 3,300 patients in 'harm review' for merged service

The Royal College of Pathologists has been called in to review a merged pathology service which has had to recall thousands of patients for repeat blood tests.

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Regional stroke plans given the green light

Controversial plans to create three hyperacute stroke units in Kent and Medway have been approved, but could still face a judicial review.

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'Unaffordable' urgent care procurement halted

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.

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Plans to relocate stroke services could face judicial review

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.

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Revealed: STP leader’s damning assessment of local commissioners

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.

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Trust to miss financial plan for fourth straight year

An acute trust in Kent has admitted it will miss its financial plan for the fourth year in a row.

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Commissioners give struggling ambulance service £10m extra

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.

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CCGs split on IVF policy

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.

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Trust pulls out of contract as hundreds of cancer patients miss two week target

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.

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Blood test recall for thousands of patients

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.