A Kent stroke unit is to close seven months earlier than planned, as the loss of staff is putting patient safety at risk.
Performance against a target for the NHS to quickly see patients with suspected breast cancer fell by more than 10 percentage points in the last financial year, new data reveals.
The government has intervened to reassure NHS trusts they will continue to be bailed out, following increasing concerns from auditors over their operational viability, HSJ has learned.
Medway Foundation Trust has announced it has appointed its interim chief executive to the role permanently.
Patients have claimed they have been left hanging on the telephone for hours after a dermatology service was transferred to a new provider.
A trust has apologised to patients after its performance against the two-week waiting time target for symptomatic breast referrals fell to less than 8 per cent.
The Royal College of Pathologists has been called in to review a merged pathology service which has had to recall thousands of patients for repeat blood tests.
A review of deaths at a trust with elevated mortality rates has suggested coding issues, and not care quality, as the likely cause, HSJ has been told.
Controversial plans to create three hyperacute stroke units in Kent and Medway have been approved, but could still face a judicial review.
A former union boss has been appointed interim chair of a London district general hospital.
Procurement of urgent treatment centres and GP out-of-hours services across two clinical commissioning groups has been discontinued – because the money on offer was not enough to attract providers.
The Kent and Medway health economy is likely to end the year with a net deficit of at least £113m, nearly £36m worse than previously forecast.
Pathology services in Kent and Medway could be delivered with a private sector partner or outsourced under options being considered by the area’s four acute trusts.
Controversial plans to halve the number of hospitals admitting stroke patients in Kent and Medway could face judicial review after mounting concerns from councillors about the proposals.
Auditors have raised formal concerns over the accuracy of performance data at one in four NHS trusts, according to HSJ analysis.
An investigation has revealed some of the highest interim manager payments by NHS trusts, including a chief operating officer who cost his trust the equivalent of £700,000 per year.
A foundation trust considered proposals – which it has now abandoned – to deny staff sick pay if they had time off work with the flu after refusing vaccination.
A foundation trust is to withdraw from a dermatology contract after hundreds of suspected cancer patients had to wait up to five weeks for a first appointment.
Nearly 2,500 patients have been recalled for extra tests after problems with a merged pathology service between Medway Foundation Trust and Dartford and Gravesham Trust.