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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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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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