East Kent trust is placed in special measures after being rated inadequate

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 14 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5180
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The hospital trust that provides services to more than 750 000 people across east Kent has been found to be inadequate—the worst possible rating—by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which recommended that it be placed in special measures.1

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust runs three hospitals, at Ashford, Canterbury, and Margate, as well as two community hospitals—Buckland in Dover and the Royal Victoria in Folkestone. The CQC found that the trust was inadequate in safety and leadership and that it required improvement in effectiveness and responsiveness. Only in caring was the trust’s performance rated good.

The verdict was reached after two prearranged visits to the hospitals early in March by a team of 57 chaired by Diane Wake, chief executive of Barnsley Hospital, and a further inspection that took place without …

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