It's been branded one of the worst hospitals in the NHS, with high death rates, spiralling debts and it's in special measures. But it's now emerged that the Medway Maritime Hospital's Finance Director has quit after 18 months in the job, after he and his consultancy firm were paid £1.5m. Tom Savvides reports.
Bolt Partners said that, in any project that they're involved in, they have made savings equivalent to a multiple of their fees. In Medway's case, they say they have made savings of around £6.5m.
A woman who was admitted to hospital with serious respiratory problems says she was shocked at the lack of, what she calls, basic facilities.
Diana Hill from Rochester said during her time at Medway Maritime Hospital, they ran out of hot water.
The Trust has since apologised as John Ryall reports.
Medway NHS Foundation Trust needs to improve the care patients receive at the emergency department at Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham.
That's the finding of the Care Quality Commission, after it carried out an unannounced inspection, following an anonymous tip-off.
The CQC has told the trust to make urgent improvements at the hospital, in Windmill Road, following a surprise inspection in December. Inspectors found the hospital was failing to meet the national standards relating to care and welfare of people, and cleanliness and infection control.
Warning notices were issued to the trust in both areas. A full report from this inspection has been published on the CQC website today.
A Kent hospital is under fire from a health watchdog for the second time in three months. In July, the Medway Maritime - in Gillingham - was one of 11 British hospitals placed in special measures because of high patient death rates.
Now the Care Quality Commission has uncovered serious safety issues over its maternity unit. It said too few midwives - and failing to carry out regular checks on medical equipment - was putting mothers and babies at risk.
Sarah Saunders spoke to mother Donna Butler, Adrian Hughes from the Care Quality Commission and Chief nurse Steve Hamms.
The Care Quality Commission says urgent action must be taken to improve the welfare of women using maternity services at Medway Maritime Hospital. The hospital failed to meet any of the six standards checked by the CQC and was found to have too few midwives to properly care for mothers and babies.
We spoke to Rehman Chishti, Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham.
The Care Quality Commission has told Medway NHS Foundation Trust that it must take urgent action to improve the safety and welfare of women using maternity and midwifery services at Medway Maritime Hospital.
The hospital watchdog has issued three formal warnings to the Gillingham hospital following an inspection in August.
It had failed to meet any of the six standards of care checked.
A hospital in Kent has one of the highest death rates in the country because of a lack of specialist doctors.
That's the claim made today by the Royal College of Physicians, who say the Medway Maritime is one of 12 hospitals suffering from too little consultant care.
The hospital has only one senior consultant for every 8,000 patients.