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Nurse paid £1,800 for one shift

An agency nurse has been paid £1,800 for working a single 11-hour Bank Holiday shift at a Kent hospital.

Health watchdogs say the payment is the result of chaotic recruitment in the NHS.

But the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust says it was the victim of 'market forces'.

John Ryall spoke to Dr John Lister of the campaign group Health Emergency and the Liberal Democrat candidate for Maidstone and The Weald Jasper Gerard.


NHS Trust faces £1.5m C-Diff fine

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.