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Calls for bug trust to be dissolved

13th November 2007

A Conservative MP has called for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS health trust - where clostridium difficile caused the deaths of 90 patients - to be dissolved.


Mid Kent and Faversham Tory MP Hugh Robertson spoke out about the trust at a rally attended by around 500 people. Mr Robertson said he thought the original board should be scrapped.

He said: "If anything positive is to come out of this awful chapter it must be a real commitment, firstly, to stamp out C diff, but secondly to put patients right back at the heart of the NHS."

"No reorganisation or government targets or anything else should be put between the care and the patients."

Medical staff at the meeting passed resolutions with the aim of restoring the public's faith in the hospital. They would like maternity and A&E services to be kept in Maidstone.

A&E consultant Akbar Soorma said: "Maidstone...sees 60,000 patients." He said sixty lives a year could be in danger if services were closed.

Glenn Douglas, the trust's chief executive, said the trust and the new interim chairman were working to build public confidence and look towards the future.

This month the trust said two healthcare assistants, who had been employed by the hospital, had been fired after an investigation. Two other staff were disciplined.

A Healthcare Commission report showed that at least 90 patients died during 2004-2006 because of a "litany of errors."

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Article Information

Title: Calls for bug trust to be dissolved
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 4764
Date Added: 13th Nov 2007


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