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

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