East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

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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.

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Watchdog forced to hand over NHS staff names in safety failure cases

A national safety watchdog has been forced to release almost 100 pieces of evidence, including from NHS staff, after being ordered to by courts.

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Ex-Confed chief to lead scandal-hit trust

The former chief executive of the NHS Confederation has been appointed chair of East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust.

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Long-awaited A&E reconfiguration runs into covid troubles

A long-anticipated public consultation in the South East could be further delayed because of the covid pandemic.

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Trust accidentally offered covid vaccine to all ‘frontline key workers’

The NHS in Kent is pleading for people outside priority groups not to book covid vaccinations, after it published information indicating they were available to all ‘frontline key workers’.

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Pandemic’s role blamed for trust’s 1,955 mixed-sex ward breaches

East Kent University Hospitals Foundation Trust reported 1,955 mixed sex accommodation breaches in November, the month before the new variant of the virus caused a huge increase in covid admissions across the county.

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How we cut waits for a bed by sharing covid test data

Efficient access to patient testing data upon admission is making a big difference, says Richard Ewins

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Exclusive: CQC to ramp up inspections of trusts’ infection control

Trusts’ infection control measures will be put under greater scrutiny by the Care Quality Commission, HSJ has been told.

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Chief executive of Great Ormond Street FT spoke at HSJ webinar on digital technology and patient safety

The panel explored how digital solutions might help clinicians improve patient safety and what barriers there might be along the way

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Four trusts cancel planned operations as covid pressures mount

All non-urgent elective operations are being postponed for at least two weeks in a health system still seeing significant and growing pressure from coronavirus.

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Hancock delays decision on controversial reconfiguration for 14 months

The health secretary has yet to make a decision on a contested reconfiguration plan, despite having received official advice on it nearly 14 months ago and the local NHS warning delays would lead to “avoidable death”.

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Chair of scandal-hit trust stepping down ‘to do more work in the Middle East’

The chair of troubled East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust is to step down next spring.

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CQC to prosecute acute trust in groundbreaking case

The Care Quality Commission has launched the first prosecution of an acute trust for failing to meet fundamental standards of care.

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CQC slams trust’s ‘extremely disappointing’ response to covid control warning

A trust which had some of the highest covid death rates in the UK over the summer ‘could not provide assurance on who was its executive lead for infection control’, a Care Quality Commission inspection found.

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Councillor claims local trust is ‘scapegoated’ over care failings

A councillor has implied the Care Quality Commission has been “heavy handed” for criticisms of his local trust, which saw sustained covid-19 deaths linked to the virus spreading in hospital.

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CQC’s infection control concerns at covid deaths trust revealed

A trust which accounted for one in eight covid deaths in hospital during part of the summer has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission for its infection control.