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An east Kent hospital attacked for a 'very pronounced deterioration' in catering and cleaning services after handing the contract to a private company has been praised for tackling the concerns raised.

A spot check by South East Kent community health council earlier this month highlighted 'filthy' kitchens, clinical waste 'dumped in corridors' and 'very poor' standards of catering at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

The visit - initiated after a number of complaints from staff - identified 'a very pronounced deterioration in the services' since Granada Healthcare Services took over the contract on 5 June.

CHC chief officer June Howkins described the conditions found then as 'horrendous'.

A meeting between the CHC and representatives from East Kent trust and Granada was followed by a further CHC visit last week.

And the CHC has since remarked on the 'extremely good progress' made on addressing the problems.