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East Sussex Hospitals to go into special measures

Two hospitals in Sussex - which have been at the centre of a long campaign to save their A&E and maternity departments - are to be placed in special measures after inspectors rated the health trust running them as inadequate.

The Care Quality Commission is expected to highlight problems at The District General Hospital in Eastbourne, and the Conquest Hospital in Hastings.

The south east now has six failing hospitals. The Medway Maritime in Gillingham, the William Harvey in Ashford, the Queen Mother in Margate, and Kent and Canterbury are also failing.

David Johns reports now from Eastbourne, speaking to campaigner Liz Walke; Lewes MP Maria Caulfield; and Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell.


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Hunt: 'Far too many' failing care homes

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.

– Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary.

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.

Read: 'Special measures' planned for all care homes.

Reaction after hospital told it remains in special measures

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."

Kent hospital will remain in special measures

Inside Medway Hospital Credit: ITV Meridian

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.


Grammar School goes into "special measures"

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."