A former head of financial accounting at two NHS bodies in East Sussex has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison after being found guilty of defrauding the health service out of £2.2m.
COMMERCIAL: NHS Sussex is to be asked to extend out of hours contracts across the county for an additional year – because the reprocurement has coincided with the handover to clinical commissioning groups and the launch of the 111 service.
PERFORMANCE: A&E performance across Sussex was below the 95 per cent target for treating patients within four hours in January.
STRUCTURE: Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group has been authorised but with 13 conditions.
PERFORMANCE: NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald recorded five breaches of the Department of Health’s rules on mixed sex accommodation during August, according to latest data.
FINANCE: NHS Sussex is set to establish an official reserve to transfer funds between clinical commissioning groups and help implement a two-year plan to get finances back on track.
PERFORMANCE: An independent specialist neuro rehabilitation centre in Sussex has received charity accreditation for its services.
FINANCE: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has warned that current primary care trust funding for mental health is below the level of need in many parts of Sussex.
PERFORMANCE: NHS organisations in Sussex have announced plans to more than double radiotherapy provision by 2014, with the help of the private sector.
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WORKFORCE: Diana Grice, director of public health for East Sussex, has been appointed vice president of the Association of the Directors of Public Health.
WORKFORCE: NHS Surrey chair David Clayton-Smith is to combine to role with that of chair for NHS Sussex.
WORKFORCE: Vernon Hull will be standing down as the long standing chair of Medway NHS Foundation Trust at the end of March.
COMMERCIAL: The East Sussex primary care trust cluster and local authority is to offer up to £8m worth of commissions to voluntary and community organisations.
FINANCE: Primary care trusts in the South of England region are expecting to beat their surplus targets by £5.5m, with a total combined surplus of £241m.
STRUCTURE: A clinical commissioning group in East Sussex is to fund a two year pilot of a community dietetic service for diabetes patients.
FINANCE: NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald has revised its end of year forecast to a deficit of £11m, instead of the £5.6m surplus in its original plan.
FINANCE: The primary care trust has rated its year-to-date position as “amber” due to lack of data on expenditure in key areas.
FINANCE: The Sussex primary care trust cluster says there is currently a projected overspend of £77.1m against budget on all contracts for 2011-12.
FINANCE: The primary care trust needs to find £20m of extra savings to reach its end of year surplus target, according to its latest finance report.