Spotlight on: Medway NHS Foundation Trust

19 July 2013

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Spotlight on: Medway NHS Foundation Trust

The Health Secretary has revealed that 11 hospital trusts listed in a shocking report of care failures have been placed under "special measures".

After the publication of Professor Sir Bruce Keogh's review into 14 trusts, Jeremy Hunt reiterated that all of the trusts have been ordered to act on recommendations made by health officials. In this article looks at the underlying faults at one of the trusts highlighted in the report: Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Medway NHS Foundation Trust runs Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, and was one of the trusts which had particularly high mortality rates. Additionally, in February 2012 the BBC revealed that the trust was one of four in Kent that had seen the amount of compensation paid out for medical negligence claims double in the last seven years.

The investigation teams discovered that there was a lack of cohesion and focus at board and executive level in their mission to improve overall patient safety and the quality of their overall experiences during their stay. Due to poor staffing levels and cover, junior doctors found themselves looking after critically ill patients. These staffing issues were particularly visible at A&E and at wards for seriously ill patients.

 If you or a loved one has experience or knowledge of failings at the above trust, you can contact to discuss your healthcare rights in order to make a complaint and to also make a medical negligence compensation claim with our medical negligence solicitors depending on the circumstances of what happened. Our specialists have wide experience of providing advice and support across a number of areas relating to potential medical mistreatment, such as misdiagnosis and delay and surgery errors, for example.