East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

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Trusts to work around major reconfiguration delay

Two acute trusts are trying to develop a shared on-call rota for vascular surgery after a long awaited reconfiguration was delayed again.

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Waiting times blow out to 22 weeks as elective admissions falter

Waiting times rose again, and the longest waits were hardest hit. Continued, severe and widespread capacity pressures are the likely culprit. By Rob Findlay

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GPs warn trust paperless switch could 'compromise patient care'

Patient care could be “compromised” by trusts’ plans to implement paperless referrals, GPs in the south east have warned.

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Over 1,000 staff to transfer to trust subsidiary company

Around 1,100 staff at a teaching trust, including many employed by Serco, are to transfer into a new NHS owned company this summer.

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Exclusive: Patients at risk as blood clot assessments decline

Thousands of hospital patients are being put at risk of developing deadly blood clots that cost the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds because of a failure to carry out a routine assessment.

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Major A&E reconfiguration delayed

Plans to consult on much needed changes to accident and emergency services in east Kent are being pushed back.

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Trusts in talks to guarantee payment after 'paperless' switch

Trusts are having to negotiate local deals to ensure they still get paid for outpatient referrals after the NHS switches from paper to electronic referrals later this year.

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Trust could seek cash from council pension fund for hospital rebuild

A large acute trust is considering seeking funding from a local authority pension scheme to carry out much needed redevelopment work.

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CCGs left with £15m bill following dispute with acute trust

Commissioners have been left with a £15m bill after losing a dispute with their local acute trust over procedures which they said had been costed wrongly.

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Long waits soar as hospitals struggle to admit

Over one year waiters shot up by 20 per cent, as admission rates slumped in the face of record A&E pressures.

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Teaching trust to check 5,000 X-rays after data mismatch

A teaching trust is re-examining around 5,000 X-rays – some dating back more than a decade – after fears they may have been overlooked and patients could have been put at risk.

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Six children affected by MRSA on same ward

Six babies in a neonatal intensive care unit have been found to be colonised with the same strain of MRSA – leading to staff being tested and three being identified as carriers of the bacteria.

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Chief executive confirmed for trust with severely challenged A&E

Susan Acott has been appointed as the permanent chief executive of East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust after nearly six months as interim leader.

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Government reveals new medical schools

Several areas of England struggling with doctor shortages are hoping to get a boost from five new medical schools, which have been announced today.

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Best and worst hospitals in each area for staff recommending care

A breakdown by area of acute and combined trusts performance on the NHS staff survey, according to the share of employees who would recommend their organisation for work or care.

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Trust chair criticises 'failure' to act on service change

A departing chair has said his trust has been held back over the past 20 years because of the local system’s failure to take action to improve services.

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Trust criticised after five falls deaths in frailty unit

An acute trust has been heavily criticised by a coroner after five patients died following falls in the same frailty unit within four months.

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In full: Pathology network proposals

HSJ approached the 29 pathology networks proposed by NHS Improvement to ask if local trusts had signed up. In most cases the proposed “hub” trust was able to answer on behalf of its network.

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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.