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.
A third of acute trusts routinely break the law by paying their suppliers late, HSJ can reveal.
Proposals to replace six stroke units with three new hyper acute stroke facilities across Kent and Medway have been revealed.
Medway Foundation Trust is to lose both its finance director and chief executive this autumn – with the medical director also making a sideways move into a different role.
A specialist trust has seen its waiting list rise by a third – and uncovered an additional 115 52 week waiters – after a review revealed its reported figures were incomplete.
A trust which became the first in England to sign up to a pledge to support parents of premature babies has already received queries from other trusts keen to follow suit.
A clinical commissioning group refused to contribute to its STP’s running costs, HSJ can reveal.
A steep increase in emergency bailouts means NHS trusts’ total borrowing from the Department of Health and Social Care has overtaken their PFI liabilities.
An off-payroll turnaround director has been appointed to one of the most financially challenged health economies, as two of its clinical commissioning groups were placed under legal directions by NHS England.
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The departing chief executive of a hospital trust has called for an increase in the pace of change in health services in the area.
Acute trusts across Kent have agreed to create a joint venture to deliver a single pathology service for the county, despite years of work, developing two services in the county.