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This article was published on February 19th, 2014
Following the Keogh Review in June last year, the Medway NHS Foundation Trust was put in special measures and since then the Chief Executive and Chairman of the Trust have announced that they are stepping down.
As a result the health regulator, Monitor, has appointed two new interim members of staff. Christopher Langley has now been appointed interim Chairman and Nigel Beverley as interim Chief Executive.
Monitor found the Trust ‘had major failings’ and criticised it for poor management of deteriorating patients, poor communication with patients, inappropriate referrals, long waits in A&E and delayed discharges.
The Trust, which runs the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, was told to take action by the CQC, Care Quality Commission, who highlighted the safety on the maternity unit as an immediate area of concern.
Monitor commented that whilst the Trust had made progress on the issues highlighted by the Keogh Review, it had taken further regulatory action because of “concerns over the trust’s A&E performance, its deteriorating financial position, and its capacity to address the range of issues it faces”.
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