Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


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.

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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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Victim’s family questions why mortuary sex abuser was not detected earlier

The sister of one of David Fuller’s hospital mortuary victims has questioned why his crimes were not uncovered earlier.

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Javid announces independent inquiry into mortuary sex offences

The government is to effectively take over the independent investigation into David Fuller’s mortuary crimes – but has stopped short of ordering a public inquiry.


Inspection raised no security concerns at mortuary where bodies were sexually abused

An inspection of the mortuary where dozens of bodies were sexually abused found no major security issues, HSJ can reveal.

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Former trust CEO to lead investigation into mortuary offences

The news of David Fuller’s assaults came as a horrendous shock to senior leaders at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust. But their ability to respond has been limited because of the need to keep the offences secret until the murder trial had concluded.

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Exclusive: The full story of David Fuller’s mortuary attacks

HSJ first learned of David Fuller’s crimes in June this year, but agreed to a request by Kent police not to publish before his trial concluded. We can now reveal all that we discovered.


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.


100 corpses sexually abused in two NHS mortuaries over 12 year period

A man who murdered two women 34 years ago went on to sexually abuse 100 female corpses in hospital mortuaries, taking videos and images of his crimes, HSJ can reveal.

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Trusts recruit extra midwives as baby boom hits

Trusts in the South East are recruiting additional midwives as this year’s birth rates soar, with an increase of more than 20 per cent in women booking to give birth at one trust.

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Trust forecasts June surge in covid patients will be on a par with April 2020 peak

A trust in the South East is forecasting it will be treating as many covid patients in June as it was at the peak of the first wave of the pandemic last April.

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Patients left waiting after specialist trust closed outpost centre 20 miles away

Scores of patients have been left waiting more than a year for treatment and hundreds more making lengthy journeys, after a specialist foundation trust closed its outpost treatment centre based in another trust 20 miles away.