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News GPs look at health challenges By Dennis Fowle


THE health challenges facing the area have been highlighted by NHSWest Kent Clinical Commis- sioning Group (CCG) in its latest reports The group, mostly GPs, who con-


trol most of the local NHS budget, has pinpointed:  Increasing needs of an ageing population.  Lack of integrated information systems.  Lack of integrated health and so- cial care teams in the community to


The money gap


THE CCG says if changes are not made in the West Kent health services there will be a widening gap between income (currently about £482m) and a projected spend growing by 2018/19 to £545m.


support vulnerable patients in their usual place of residence.  Inability to move patients on to rehabilitation pathways,  Insufficient capacity outside of


acute hospitals, meaning patients stay in acute beds longer than nec- essary.  Insufficient elderly mental infirm placement beds.  Delivering 18-week referral to treatment commitment.  Delivering timely reports of di- agnostic investigations, though tests are achieved in target time.  Higher than desired number of patients admitted to acute hospi- tals for end-of-life care.  Gaps in expected levels of de- tected disease leading to health in- equalities.


 Opportunity for patients with long-term conditions to be more in- volved in their own condition man- agement and receive more care outside of hospitals.  Timely provision of equipment to keep patients at home.  Delivery of desired ambulance response times.  Recruitment to specific specialist roles.  Timely access to children and adolescent mental health services.  Timely availability to improving access to psychological therapies services.


Medics clock up charity miles Tax bills for parishioners


CONSULTANTS and staff at Somerfield Hospital, Maid- stone, got in the saddle for Sport Relief and raised more than £140. The team of 34 took turns


on a static bike in the physio- therapy department to cycle 108 miles over seven hours. Physiotherapy manager Rob


Waite, who organised the challenge, said; “It’s been su- perb to see so many people getting involved.”


Executive director Connie Stocker (on bike) leads her Sport Relief cycling team


TAXPAYERS in Boughton Malherbe pay less council tax than in any other parished area in Maidstone. The 2014/15 precept for the parish,


which has one of the lowest popula- tions in the borough, is £5,067.76 – an annual charge of £23.56 per band Dproperty. At the other end of the spectrum


is Leeds, where band D residents will pay £84.09 over the year. Other parishes are: Broomfield


and Kingswood £80.10; Teston £67.41;West Farleigh £65.35; Head- corn £64.92; Tovil £57.90; Hunton


£57.10; Detling £56.56; Yalding £56.48; Loose £55.02; Staplehurst £54.93; Marden £52.74; Bredhurst £51.83; Harrietsham £51.65; Chart Sutton £50.80; Ulcombe £47.50; East Farleigh 47.45; Sutton Valence £47.45; Nettlestead £45.36; Linton £44.10; East Sutton £43.86; Coxheath £41.08; Lenham £40.89; Boughton Monchelsea £40.74; Otham £39.88; Stockbury £39.50; Collier Street £37.82; Hollingbourne £36.15; Lang- ley £35.08; Barming £32.94; Thurn- ham £30.08; Downswood £30.04; Bearsted £27.12; Boxley £24.34.


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