Published: 07:00, 07 August 2017
The organisation responsible for overseeing Sittingbourne and Sheppey’s healthcare officially “requires improvement” say health bosses.
NHS England downgraded its rating of Swale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in its annual assessment for 2016/17. It was previously rated “good”.
The CCG, which buys and plans NHS services in much of the borough, was assessed on 29 areas, including its leadership, how it managed money and its contributions to improving people’s health.
There was even worse news for neighbouring Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG, with which Swale held a joint governing body meeting last week, which was branded “inadequate”.
Both CCGs have been provided with a list of recommendations for how they could improve, although neither has been made publicly available.
Patricia Davies, accountable officer for Swale CCG, said she was not surprised by the decline in its rating.
It reported a £3.5 million funding deficit in March and has seen an increase in demand from a population which is living longer.
“We accept the recommendations and have been working closely with NHS England over many months,” she said.
“It is important to state the rating is in no way a reflection of the hardworking and committed staff in the organisation or in our partner organisations.”
Overall, 99 clinical commissioning groups were “good”, 66 “require improvement” and 23 were “inadequate”.
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.