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Kent trust dismisses HCAs

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Two healthcare assistants have been dismissed by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, following last month’s damning report into standards at the Kent trust.

Both HCAs worked at Maidstone Hospital. A staff nurse and another HCA, both at the Kent and Sussex Hospital, have been disciplined but remain in the employment of the trust, it said in a statement.

Glenn Douglas, the trust's interim chief executive, said: 'We are acting firmly to give a clear message to any member of staff behaving inappropriately.'

Three non-executive directors – Bruce Sheppy, Gina Jennings and Simon Ingman –have also resigned this week, with immediate effect. Another two, Aaron Cockell and Jonathan Paine, will leave at the end of the month.

The trust’s former chairperson, James Lee, resigned on 15 October and its former chief executive, Rose Gibb, left just a couple of days before the Healthcare Commission’s report was published on 11 October.

A police investigation into whether anyone should face charges over the events at the trust is ongoing.

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