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A hospital in Kent is to be fined at least £1.5m for failing to meet Government infection targets. Andrew and Sangeeta link to Iain McBride.
The Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is facing a fine of at least £1.5 million for missing its target for controlling the infection Clostridium difficile at its sites.
The Trust was set a yearly reduction target - with the limit of forty-nine cases occurring up to the end of March 2013. The penalty being a £500,000 fine for each case over the target. However fifty two cases of the superbug have already been recorded.
The Trust has said that it is disappointed, but that it wanted to reassure patients that figures are down on last year, and the number of cases continues to be at an all time low.