WE HAvE AL­REAdY BE­GUN TO dEAL wITH THESE IS­SUES, SAYS TRUST CHIEF

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Hospital In Crisis -

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

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