A trust with deep-rooted problems in its maternity service had to close one of its two units — which are nearly 40 miles apart — to new births 111 times in four years, HSJ can reveal.
The launch of an enhanced service across two counties has been delayed because of the coronavirus crisis.
More than 70 children and young people have been put at risk by long delays in treatment by mental health services in Kent and Medway, HSJ has learned.
Campaigners fighting a regional centralisation of stroke services have lost their judicial review.
The cost of a planned hospital reconfiguration in Kent has rocketed, with one option now estimated to cost twice as much as forecast 18 months ago.
The local areas where patients are waiting the longest for ambulances have been publicly identified for the first time by an HSJ investigation.
The Care Quality Commission and the Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch have been told to produce reports on a scandal-hit maternity service within two weeks.
A director at KPMG is set to take over as the accountable officer for the single clinical commissioning group due to be formed in Kent and Medway, which will be the largest outside London.
A controversial reconfiguration of stroke services in Kent and Medway will be delayed by over a year, regardless of whether an ongoing court case forces NHS organisations to change their current plans.
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.
Twenty clinical commissioning groups have been given the green light to merge from NHS England and NHS Improvement, HSJ can confirm.
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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South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has warned it will need “mutual aid” from other NHS providers and is highly likely to move to the highest emergency response category, REAP level 4, if there is a no-deal Brexit in October, HSJ has learned.
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The NHS in Kent is block-booking hotel rooms for staff and planning with police to get workers and patients through “gridlocked roads” to hospitals as part of preparations for a no-deal Brexit “Armageddon”.
Counsellors without the required accreditation are providing NHS-funded therapy services, despite NHS England tightening the rules for providers.
HSJ’s map shows the 86 clinical commissioning groups proposing mergers in 2020, in what looks set to be the largest NHS consolidation for more than a decade.
A clinical commissioning group has been criticised for how it handled potential conflicts of interest when it handed out contracts to organisations owned by its own GPs.
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.