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.
It's one of life's tragedies, almost too awful to contemplate. Nothing can be as traumatic as losing a baby. To try to ease the agony a specially designed bereavement suite is to be built at one of the south east's biggest hospitals. The centre at Medway Maritime Hospital will offer parents a private area where they can try to come to terms with their grief.
Tom Savvides talks to parents Jo and David Ward, Head of Midwifery Dot Smith and television presenter Cheryl Baker, who's the Vice-President of the charity Abigail's Footsteps.
Medway NHS Foundation Trust should remain in special measures. That's according to the Chief Inspector of Hospitals.
The latest CQC report into the Medway Maritime Hospital found services remain inadequate. And although patient care is good, there are still serious issues. The Trust has apologised saying it's focused on improving services.
Medway's schools remain among the worst performers in the country - for children's achievements and rates of progress.
So local volunteers have been signing up for a campaign to improve standards in Medway's schools.
And they've been giving their time to help children learn to read. Abigail Bracken reports.
To say it's had a troubled history is a massive understatement. The Medway Maritime Hospital is in special measures. The NHS Trust that runs it has been dubbed as the worst in the country. The Care Quality Commission has demanded urgent improvements.
The hospital has revealed the latest chapter on what it's hoped will be a bright, new future. It's opened a new minor injuries unit in the Accident and Emergency department. Further developments are planned next year.
But will it be enough to heal the hospital's ills and restore public confidence? Our reporter Tom Savvides has the latest.
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Kent Police has charged two people with arson, aggravated vehicle taking and burglary after a fire at a car garage in Chatham in March.
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While Rugby World Cup fever may be sweeping the country, there's another rugby tournament taking place in Kent with some of the most talented international players.
The Wheelchair Rugby League European Championships are taking place at Medway Park in Gillingham.
It features teams from England, France, Wales, Ireland and Scotland battling it out over four days.
Rugby players from five different countries have been taking part in a major tournament with a difference. The Wheelchair Rugby League European Championships are primarily aimed at sports men and women with disabilities. But able-bodied players are also allowed to compete. Tom Savvides reports from Medway Park in Gillingham, where the event is taking place. He talks to England player Adam Barnett, Ireland player George Hill, Wales player Martin Beddis and Elizabeth Ferris, a former Scotland player.
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