Kent

Health watchdog to monitor Medway NHS Trust

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Image caption The Care Quality Commission will "still continue to monitor the trust"

A health watchdog has said it will be monitoring the performance of a Kent trust, even though conditions imposed in April are being lifted.

The Care Quality Commission imposed the conditions after ruling the Medway NHS Foundation Trust was not meeting four standards for quality and safety.

Mark Devlin, from the trust, said the hospital had seen an improvement in services over the last six months.

The commission has called for "further evidence of sustained improvement".

It ruled the trust was not meeting standards in training staff to deal with children and vulnerable adults and to assess that patients were able to consent to treatment.

The report also said the trust needed to ensure systems were in place to monitor the quality of service and for "reporting, investigating and dissemination learning from incidents".

Mr Devlin, Medway NHS Foundation Trust's chief executive, said: "This signifies an important milestone for us, but there is more to do and we are committed in Medway to providing the best possible health care in our hospitals."

The Care Quality Commission has told the trust that it must provide a report showing how it will maintain compliance.

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