East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs five hospitals, has been put into special measures. It follows a report by the Care Quality Commission, which criticised standards, safety and leadership. The Trust's Chief Executive, Stuart Bain, talks to Tom Savvides.
The Health Secretary has said there are "far too many" failing care homes.
Jeremy Hunt said that he would not want his mother, father or grandparents to live in a number of care facilities in England as he announced new measures to tackle failing care homes.
– Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary.
There are many excellent home care providers and many outstanding care homes in this country but there are still too many where I would personally not want my mother or my father or grandparents to live in.
The public have been really shocked by stories of abuse and neglect and we need to give the public confidence that when these things happen they will be spotted quickly and acted on.
Mr Gove said Ofsted-style ratings would be given to care homes and care services and those that are labelled 'inadequate' could be put into special measures or even shut down.
Medway NHS Foundation Trust has given its reaction to the announcement that it is to remain in special measures
Steve Hams, Chief Nurse, said: “Since the Keogh review last year, significant progress has and is being made in a number of areas to improve patient safety and experience.
"Forty-one of the 50 improvement actions in the Trust’s Keogh plan have been delivered, in addition we have 160 more nurses caring for our patients than we did 12 months ago, however there is still more to be done."
A hospital in Kent will remain in special measures, Health Secretary Jeemy Hunt has announced.
Mr Hunt told the House of Commons that most of the hospital trusts that were put into special measures a year ago have shown significant improvements.
However, Medway Hospital will remain in special measures because it has failed to substantially improve
From October more care services across England will now face a "tough" new inspection regime he said.
The services that are rated inadequate face being put into "special measures" and if they fail to make improvements following this they could be shut down, he will add.
Putting hospital trusts in special measures was a move introduced as part of the Government's response to the Stafford Hospital scandal.
A Grammar school in Medway has become the first in the south east to go into special measures after a critical Ofsted report. Chatham Grammar School for Boys will now be run by a team from Rochester.
David Johns reports, speaking to Interim Executive Principal, Denise Shepherd, and Interim Principal Stuart Gardner.
A team of education specialists has been sent in to run Chatham Grammar School for Boys after Ofsted put the academy into special measures – despite 95 per cent of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grade at GCSEs this year, including English and Mathematics.
Two Principals from The Rochester Grammar School Trust have now been put in temporary charge; Rochester Grammar is one of the highest achieving schools in the country, and was ranked second nationally for GCSE results in 2012.
They say they "will be working with all leaders and teachers across the academy to bring about the necessary change."