WE HAvE ALREAdY BEGUN TO dEAL wITH THESE ISSUES, SAYS TRUST CHIEF
The East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust said it was responding to “some very challenging questions” posed by the report.
Trust chief executive Stuart Bain, who is understood to earn around £150,000 a year, said: “Much of what is in the report we have already recognised and we are working to address.
“Following a staffing review, we have invested an additional £2.9 million
‘We have invested an additional £2.9 million to recruit 69 nurses’
to recruit 69 nurses where shortages exist – 55 of these have been recruited already. We have also recently appointed an additional four general surgeons and will be recruiting a further three surgeons very shortly.
“We identified the need to improve our appointment system some time ago and have just completed a public consultation on our outpatient services that will allow us to make improvements to the services we offer patients.
“New appointment booking systems, more flexible appointments, and an investment of £28 million in improved facilities, including a new
Stuart Bain, chief executive of the NHS trust