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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.

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