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Kent hospital suspends surgery after 'avoidable deaths'

Five cancer patients have died following surgery at the hospital Credit: ITV Meridian

Potentially avoidable surgical complications may have contributed to the deaths of five cancer patients, an NHS Trust has revealed.

The five all died within a year following upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery at Maidstone Hospital in Kent, run by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

Upper GI surgery has been suspended and the trust is now sending patients requiring it to St Thomas' Hospital in central London instead.

The incidents have been referred to the General Medical Council (GMC), and the trust has conducted its own internal inquiry.

Section of M2 remains closed after sinkhole appeared

A section of the M2 motorway will remain closed in both directions tonight after a large hole appeared in the central reservation yesterday.

Sinkhole leads to motorway closure. Credit: Highways Agency

The Highways Agency said the hard shoulder will be opened to motorists tomorrow morning.

A spokesman said: "It is hoped the hard shoulder will reopen in both directions by 6am tomorrow morning. Traffic heading to and from Dover is still advised to continue using the M20."

The hole has been filled with 40 tonnes of pea shingle before a further assessment takes place, which is likely to take at least another 48 hours, he added.

Read: 50ft hole closes motorway section

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Environment Agency monitors river levels in Kent

An Environment Agency team has been monitoring the level of the River Nailbourne near Patrixbourne in Kent.

There will be 'huge repair bill for roads' after floods

After a large hole opened up on a busy motorway a road expert has said it is 'a surprise' that it has not happened earlier and said there the costs of repairs to our roads after the recent severe weather will be 'huge'.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC foundation, said: "We already have the most congested road network in Europe and our motorways carry a third of all traffic. This will have a major impact on a main route in and out of the country.

"The surprise is that something on this scale hasn't happened before yet everyday our highways are literally being undermined by the rain. When the deluge finally stops we will be left with a huge repair bill on roads across the country."

A large hole opened up on the M2.
A large hole opened up on the M2. Credit: Highways Agency
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Highways Agency: M2 hole not as deep as first thought

A 15ft hole appeared in the central reservation of the M2 Credit: Highways Agency

The Highways Agency have confirmed that he hole on the M2, in the central reservation between junctions 5 and 6, near Lynsted is approximately 15 feet in depth, not 50 feet (15 metres) as previously stated.

Their engineers are on site carrying out an investigation and this includes the cause of the hole.

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Emergency services lay flood defences

The Environment Agency and emergency services have tweeted pictures as the deploy flood defences and help people stranded by the rising water.

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#EA protecting a property from flood risk in Bekesbourne, Kent #River Nailbourne using an inflatable boom #stay safe. http://t.co/Mk4TSbGe7S

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