East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

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Trust seeks £30m for hot/cold split of orthopaedic services

An acute trust is seeking £30m in national funding to build a new elective care centre which it says would cut outsourcing costs and increase activity across its integrated care system.

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London Eye: How are hospital bosses feeling? Surprisingly upbeat

Essential insight into England’s biggest health economy, by HSJ bureau chief Ben Clover.

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CEO of ‘outstanding’ trust makes switch to maternity scandal provider

The chief executive of an ‘outstanding’ London trust is to move to one of the most troubled trusts in the country.

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Exclusive: Police drop manslaughter investigation into trust

A trust will not face a second prosecution over the death of a baby seven days after a chaotic birth at one of its hospitals, unless new evidence emerges.

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Trust promises jobs to partners of new consultants

A trust is attempting to boost its recruitment of senior medics by offering ‘guaranteed’ jobs to the partners of those consultants offered a substantive post.


Javid approves hospital reconfiguration after two year delay

Sajid Javid has given the go-ahead to a controversial stroke reconfiguration, more than two years after plans were agreed by the NHS locally.

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Trusts failing to report ‘concerning’ numbers of hospital-acquired covid cases

Some acute trusts have failed to report large numbers of hospital-acquired covid infections as patient safety incidents, despite NHS England describing this as ‘fundamental’.

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CQC criticises care scandal trust for 'unsafe staffing'

The trust at the centre of a maternity scandal does not have enough midwifery staff to keep women and babies safe, a Care Quality Commission inspection has revealed.

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Trusts struggle with growing backlog of uninvestigated incidents

The backlog of serious clinical incidents that need investigating is building up throughout the NHS, due to the impact of coronavirus and emergency service pressures.

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Troubled trust’s chief executive to stand down

The chief executive of a trust with major care quality concerns, including a maternity scandal investigation, is to stand down.


Four ICSs and four trusts placed in new ‘special measures’ regime

Four health systems have been put into NHS England’s replacement for the special measures regime, as well as four more acute trusts.

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Trust fined £733,000 in groundbreaking CQC prosecution

An acute trust has been fined £733,000 for failing to meet fundamental standards of care, in a groundbreaking case brought by the Care Quality Commission.

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Beating the backlog: why tech is key to supporting recovery in the NHS

New technologies that propel better patient care and streamline processes will be essential to bringing the NHS back on track, writes Tim Weil

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Fining NHS trusts is a pointless gesture

Peter Carter points out better ways need to be constructed than prosecuting NHS trusts and spending money on legal costs as means of improving standards and eliminating poor practice

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Heavily criticised trust recognised for improvements on infection control

A trust which was heavily criticised for poor infection prevention and control last summer has been praised for making improvements.

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Trust faces unlimited fine after pleading guilty to failing to provide safe care

An acute trust has pleaded guilty to failing to meet fundamental standards of care in a first-of-its-kind case.

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Trust being investigated for safety failures saw over 100 neonatal deaths in eight years

Nearly 200 families have now reported experiences of poor maternity and neonatal care in East Kent, according to the family whose baby’s death sparked both an independent investigation and a court case against the trust.

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Trust CEO quits after investigation uncovers ‘really concerning’ governance failings

The long-serving chief executive of a community and mental health trust has resigned, amid official reviews into allegations of multiple financial and governance failings, HSJ has learned.

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Trust urgently upgrades A&E security after increased attendance by acutely ill mental health patients

A trust has had to enhance security after an increase in the number of acutely ill mental health patients — including children — attending its emergency departments.

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Maternity scandal trust was warned over staffing six years ago, report reveals

A trust being investigated over maternity care failings was urged six years ago to strengthen its neonatal staffing, HSJ can reveal.