East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Stephen smith

Former chief executive to chair troubled trust

A former chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare Trust has been appointed as chair at one of the country’s most troubled trusts.

Rob findlay

Shocking deterioration in RTT waiting times

Elective RTT waiting times shot up by over a week in December, in the fastest monthly increase since 2010, notes Rob Findlay

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Commissioners outline stroke services shake-up

Major plans to reform stroke services in Kent and Medway could leave the east of the county with just one stroke centre and the west of the county without one at all.

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Waiting times steady despite slowdown in admissions

Yet another large trust stopped reporting its referral to treatment data, which clouded the picture for the latest November figures and raised non-reported waiting lists to a new record.


More than 23,000 patients impacted by eye appointments backlog

A teaching trust is struggling to see a massive backlog of ophthalmology patients waiting for follow up appointments.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Hole in CCGs' finances after bed closures abandoned

A plan to close 100 beds in an acute trust has not been implemented – leaving a hole in clinical commissioning groups’ budgets for this financial year.


Former NHS England director hired to support health economy over winter

A former NHS England regional director has been called in to help a troubled health economy with winter pressures.


Legionella found in teaching trust's water system

Eleven water outlets in an East Kent hospital have tested positive for legionella after a patient developed Legionnaire’s disease.


Housing developer offers to build new hospital for struggling health economy

A new hospital offering centralised emergency and specialist services for the struggling east Kent health economy is under serious consideration, it has emerged today.


County leaders plan major stroke service shake-up

Kent and Medway is hoping to become the first area to offer patients thrombectomy outside a neuroscience centre as part of a wider shake-up of stroke services, HSJ has learned.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Exclusive: One in four hospital trusts routinely pay suppliers late

More than a quarter of hospital trusts are now routinely delaying payments to their suppliers because of cash flow problems, analysis by HSJ reveals.

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New Getting It Right First Time leads announced

Clinical leads for three areas of the Getting It Right First Time programme have been announced.

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Performance Watch: Chucking the basket cases on the scrapheap

Welcome to HSJ’s new Performance Watch expert briefing. Our new fortnightly newsletter will delve into the most pressing performance matters troubling system leaders and provide unrivalled insight into what they plan to do about them.

Susan Acott

Updated: New chief executive for trust with worst A&E in the country

The chief executive of Dartford and Gravesham Trust is to take on the leadership one of the NHS’s most challenged providers.


Worst performing A&E trust appoints new interim chair

The chair of a trust struggling with accident and emergency performance is stepping down, just weeks after the chief executive resigned.

Glenn Douglas

Trust chief steps down after 10 years to focus on STP

The longstanding chief executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust is stepping down to run the Kent and Medway sustainability and transformation partnership full time.

Andy Cowper

Cowper’s Cut: Jeremy Hunt’s futile gesture

What will the resignation of two chief executives last week actually achieve, asks Andy Cowper

Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust

Revealed: 21 trusts consistently underperforming on A&E

There are 21 trusts whose performance against the four hour emergency target has been consistently below 85 per cent since April, HSJ analysis reveals.

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Resignations send stark warning to chief execs on A&E performance

Two acute trust chief executives have resigned today under pressure from ministers and NHS Improvement over consistently poor accident and emergency performance.

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HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2017: Patient Safety in Maternity and Midwifery Services

Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust: Patient Safety in Maternity and Midwifery Services