NHS trust faces 'special measures'

One of the largest hospital trusts in England should be put in 'special measures', inspectors have recommended.

A number of problems at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust have been identified by the Care Quality Commission.

These include concerns about a culture of bullying at the organisation and staff shortages in A&E, children's care and at night.

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NHS trust 'working to address' inspectors' concerns

The head of an NHS trust facing special measures after inspectors rated the organisation "inadequate" said they are already "working to address" criticisms.

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Stuart Bain said:

Much of what is in the report we have already recognised and we are working to address.

The report does recognise the committed and caring nature of our staff of which we can be very proud. Our task as leaders of the organisation is now to work with our staff and our partners including the Clinical Commissioning Groups to address the issues that have been raised and ensure we provide the residents of east Kent with high quality health care.

– Stuart Bain

Children's care 'ineffective' at special measures trust hospital

Children's services at a hospital managed by an NHS trust facing spacial measures have been deemed "not effective" by inspectors.

The indictment of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate is among the findings of the Care Quality Commissions inspection into the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, which has resulted in a recommendation to place the organisation in special measures.

Inspectors also said:

  • Surgery at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital was "inadequate."
  • A&E waiting times at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford did "not accurately reflect how long people had waited to be seen."
  • The A&E at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate was inadequate due to staff shortages.
  • There is a "worrying disconnect" between the trust's leaders and front-line staff.
  • They found evidence of "ineffective leadership" across a number of clinical services.

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'Inadequate' NHS trust faces special measures

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One of England's largest hospital trusts should be placed in "special measures", inspectors said after they rated the organisation "inadequate."

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust serves more than 750,000 people across five hospitals.

The inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) identified a series of problems at the organisation, including that risks to patients were not always identified, or when they were, not consistently acted upon.

A culture of bullying has also been flagged as a concern, and staff shortages in A&E, children's care and at night.

There were "care failings across the majority of services we inspected," the CQC's chief inspector of hospitals Professor Sir Mike Richards said.

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