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Management of C. diff trust will not face charges

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No charges will be brought against the management of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, where an outbreak of Clostridium difficile killed 90 people.

The Health and Safety Executive and Kent Police have reviewed a report by the Healthcare Commission into the outbreak, which took place between 2004 and 2006.

Sandra Caldwell CB, the HSE’s deputy chief executive, said: ‘HSE shares the police’s conclusion that, from the information available, we cannot establish with certainty a causal link between failings to manage infection and the death of any particular person.

‘Our priority now is to provide reassurance to the people of Kent that the infection risk at their hospitals is being properly managed. An audit of the trust will therefore be conducted this September.’

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