Special measures for East Kent NHS Trust
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I was concerned to read that Monitor, the health regulator, has put East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust into special measures due to serious failures in safety and leadership.
The special measures move follows a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which found a number of problems at the trust, including in A&E, surgery and services for young people. The report stated that patient safety was affected by low staffing levels and cultural issues, and staff surveys cited cases of bullying. It was also found that risks to patients and incidents involving patient safety were not always identified.
The Trust is one of the largest in England and runs the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford; the Kent and Canterbury in Canterbury; the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (QEQM) in Margate; the Buckland in Dover; and the Royal Victoria in Folkestone.
Paul Streat, regional director at Monitor, said: "The trust needs to urgently improve the safety of care for patients, and strengthen its management to better support frontline staff. By putting the trust into special measures we can ensure they turn things around quickly."
Let's hope that the changes happen quickly so patients in Kent can have confidence in their hospitals.
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