Eastern and Coastal Kent PCT

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Private hospital will offer ‘the only’ tertiary care beds in Kent

A private hospital in Kent will claim to offer NHS and private patients “the only” cardiothoracic and neurosurgery tertiary care beds in the county, helping to reduce referrals to London trusts.

Kent PCT cluster appoints future chief exec

Kent PCT cluster appoints future chief exec

A chief executive has been appointed to lead the cluster of primary care trusts due to form in Kent.

PCT extends 'unique' GP commissioning experience scheme

PCT trains GP commissioners

A primary care trust in Kent is rolling out a training scheme that gives trainee GPs first hand experience of commissioning.

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Personal health budget pilots raise concerns

Managers involved in the pilots for personal health budgets have expressed concerns over equity and increased cost, a report commissioned by the Department of Health says.

Care services minister Paul Burstow has launched the first direct payment scheme for personal health budgets

PCTs to 'road test' direct payments to patients

Primary care trusts in London and Liverpool will be among the first to “road test” direct payments for personal health budgets, care services minister Paul Burstow announced today.

CQC chief executive Cynthia Bower

Two trusts registered with conditions

Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and Milton Keynes Hospital Foundation Trust have been told their registration with the Care Quality Commission is conditional on them improving the safety and quality of their care.

Hundreds of women in Kent are being asked to repeat their cervical smear tests amid concerns that a nurse involved was not suitably qualified to carry out the tests.

Quality anxiety prompts cervical screening recall in Kent

Hundreds of women in Kent are being asked to repeat their cervical smear tests amid concerns that a nurse involved was not suitably qualified to carry out the tests.

East Midlands strategic health authority chief executive Dr Barbara Hakin has been made a dame in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Barbara Hakin and Andrew Cash top health honours list

East Midlands strategic health authority chief executive Dr Barbara Hakin has been made a dame in the Queen’s birthday honours.