Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

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Trust directors guilty of ‘significant failure’ in not preventing abuse of 101 bodies in mortuary


The leadership of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust has been told to ‘reflect’ on the ‘weaknesses and failings’ which contributed to a maintenance supervisor being able to sexually violate more than 100 bodies in hospital mortuaries over a period of at least 15 years.

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Autistic patient trapped in hospital ward for four months due to system failures


Two young people facing mental health crises were left on paediatric wards for months while different agencies across a health system struggled to find appropriate placements.

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Trust and manager charged with manslaughter


North East London Foundation Trust has been charged with corporate manslaughter – making it only the second NHS provider to be prosecuted for the crime.

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Labour ward staffing shortages restrict use of beneficial drug


Staffing shortages are likely to restrict the use of a beneficial painkiller in birthing suites, even once its use has been recommended by national guidance.

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Trusts must hit new A&E target to access capital fund


Trusts ‘over-delivering’ on two emergency care targets this winter will be awarded a share of a new £150m capital fund, NHS England has announced.

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Two trusts added to NHSE list of providers at ‘high risk’


Two trusts have been added to NHS England’s list of those identified as needing the most support meeting cancer and elective targets.

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Region gets first top-tier acute trust


A Kent general acute trust has become the first in its region to be rated in the top tier of NHS England’s oversight framework, and only the seventh nationally.


Scandal-hit trust loses four directors


The trust at the centre of a maternity scandal is losing four executive directors in the space of a few months.

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All new hospitals must have single rooms only, government rules


All new hospitals built in England must have only single patient rooms, health infrastructure chiefs have confirmed, requiring an overhaul of many trusts’ current proposals.

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Families blame ‘chaotic, splenetic mess of a government’ for compensation hold-up


Families whose loved ones’ bodies were sexually abused in a hospital mortuary have yet to receive any compensation, because the Department of Health and Social Care has not signed off a proposed framework.

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Exclusive: New hospitals could be required to have single patient rooms only


New hospitals may be required to have single patient rooms only, HSJ can reveal.


Reconfiguration greenlighted by Javid faces 12-month delay


A contentious reconfiguration of stroke services which has already suffered years of delays now faces a further setback, after commissioners declared another review of the scheme.


Mortuary abuse inquiry suggests contractors’ criminal checks could be shared with trusts


Contractors could be required to provide trusts with the findings of criminal records checks on their employees, an update from Michael inquiry into mortuary security has suggested.

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Mortuary sex inquiry report taking ‘longer than anticipated’


The report from an independent inquiry into a hospital mortuary sex offender is likely to be delayed, HSJ can reveal.

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‘Don’t overwork staff’, says trust with just one 52-week waiter


Allowing staff enough rest has been ‘the key’ to elective recovery for an acute trust which has the lowest number of 52-week waiters in England, it has said.


Mortuary assaults trust struggled to carry out regular criminal records checks


The HR department at a trust where a maintenance man molested bodies in the hospital’s mortuary has struggled to carry out regular criminal records checks on staff, according to a paper discussed by the trust’s board.

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Leak reveals details of mortuary sex assaults inquiry


The inquiry into sex offences carried out in a hospital mortuary will consider whether the trust board ‘received sufficient assurance’ about the issues raised by the assaults, documents shared with HSJ show.

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Chair to lead second acute trust


An experienced former trust chief executive has taken on an additional role as chair, nearly 80 miles away from his current trust.

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Mortuary abuse report delayed until ‘middle of next year’


The final report into how a maintenance supervisor managed to abuse scores of women’s bodies in two hospital mortuaries has been delayed until next year.

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Exclusive: Families consider action over mortuary sex offences inquiry


The families of women whose bodies were violated by mortuary necrophiliac David Fuller are considering a legal challenge to the independent inquiry into his actions.