We will in time no doubt be told that “lessons have been learned” from what looks like a fairly calamitous contract for the provision of an out-of-hours service for east Kent GPs. The contract with Primecare also included the provision of the NHS 111 service but this week it emerged the company had given notice that it intended to terminate the contract barely a year into a three year agreement. Rewind to last year and the announcement of the deal and the outlook seemed positive.
The government has refused to say what, if any, plans it has to improve Kent’s road network as a result of the impact of Brexit. MPs and council chiefs have expressed disquiet over the repercussions that leaving the EU will have on roads and the potential for gridlock and congestion. The Port of Dover has also registered concern, saying businesses were “crying out for certainty” ahead of departure.
Health chiefs admit patients have been badly let down by a private ambulance service and there are still problems - despite some improvements. The non-emergency ambulance service is provided by the security company G4S and its performance since taking on the contract has come under sustained criticism. Ian Ayres, of the West Kent clinical commissioning group (CCG) which oversees the service, admitted that many patients had been let down by G4S. "We have let down very badly a lot of people.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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