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44) Kent Hospital improves safety rating in latest inspection

26th Aug, 2021 | Information

East Kent Hospitals have improved according to the Care Quality Commission

Shaun Lintern Health Correspondent @ShaunLintern

The William Harvey Hospital

(PA  A scandal-hit NHS trust has had its safety rating for medical care increased by the Care Quality Commission after an inspection found improvements.

The watchdog has now increased the safety rating for the William Harvey Hospital, in Kent, from inadequate to requires improvement.

The hospital, run by the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, was criticised by the CQC in October after staff and members of the public raised concerns about a lack of infection control amid outbreaks of Covid-19.

The East Kent trust has faced criticism over its standards of care in recent months and is separately facing an independent inquiry into poor maternity care after revelations by The Independent last year over dozens of baby deaths and brain injuries.

It could also face a police prosecution and was fined a total of £761,000 after being prosecuted by the CQC earlier this year over the death of baby Harry Richford in 2017.