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.
STRUCTURE: Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group has been authorised but with seven conditions.
COMMERCIAL: A new community musculoskeletal service has been launched across Hastings and Rother following a tender exercise won by Virgin Care.
PERFORMANCE: NHS Hastings and Rother 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.
WORKFORCE: The British Nursing Association has launched a major recruitment drive for nurses and healthcare assistants to fill temporary positions in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
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: NHS Hastings and Rother remains on course for an end of year surplus of £3.5m, according to board papers.
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 said it was ahead of its forecast position after the first three months of the financial year but admits it lacks data on acute activity and prescribing.
WORKFORCE: Denise Harker has been appointed as the chair of the NHS Sussex board.
FINANCE: The primary care trust has reported a surplus of £4.6m in 2010-11.
FINANCE: The primary care trust’s latest finance report shows that at the end of February it was on course for a surplus of £7.3m, around £2m more than planned.