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** Press Release **

Wednesday, 11th April 2018


East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust is reexamining over 5,000 x-rays, dating back up to 10 years, after it is revealed that some images on their radiology systems may never have been reviewed.

Rosie Duffield MP is calling for an immediate independent investigation to be launched after routine inquiries at the East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust found that imaging records on their IT systems don’t match. This mismatch of images of potential tumor sites and other complaints, suggests that some images may not have been reviewed by a Radiologist within 6-weeks of the image being taken, if ever. According to information released this week by the Trust and published in the Health Service Journal, up to 5000 patients who have had images taken since 2007, may be affected.

This new blunder comes less than a week after it was revealed that numerous babies in the neo-natal ward at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford have been colonized with MRSA, after staff screening processes for the infection has been proved to be ineffective.

Rosie Duffield says, ‘I am exceptionally concerned about recent news coming from East Kent Hospital University Foundation Trust. I am calling on the Trust to publish all facts about the radiology imaging mis-matches and exactly how many patients have been affected. I am also calling for an independent investigation to be led by a Consultant Radiologist nominated by the Royal College of Radiologists.’

Continuing, Rosie Duffield pointed out ‘Our local Trust’s record on cancer care is woefully. At the moment a quarter of patients here are still not beginning their treatment for cancer or suspected cancer even 9 weeks after an urgent GP referral. These reported confusions and misses by the radiology department will only serve to make things much, much worse. These blunders can risk lives.’

Finishing her statement, Rosie Duffield said: ‘I will be writing to ask for a meeting with the new Chief Executive of East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust to discuss these errors and the continuing failure of the Trust to ensure patient safety. I will also be writing to the CQC’s National Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, to request an immediate and supplementary inspection on patient safety at the Trust in light of these revelations and those on the recent MRSA outbreak.’


NB – An early version of the letter to Prof. Ted Baker mistakenly named QEQM Margate, instead of WHH, Ashford as the hospital involved in the recent MRSA colonisation cases. This was a staff typing error and Rosie is clear that there have been no such cases at QEQM. Prof. Baker has been updated and the mistake clarified.  Rosie is looking forward to visiting both units to see the excellent work of the nurses, doctors and other staff who continue to offer excellent care & dedication, adhering to the highest professional standards.

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Canterbury MP, Rosie Duffield, has pledged to make the planet her priority ahead of WWF’s Earth Hour, the world’s largest event to protect the planet.

Taking place at 8:30-9:30pm on Saturday 24 March, the event is the world’s largest show of support for our planet. Lights around the world will go out for the hour, from the Taj Mahal to Buckingham Palace, as well as hundreds of millions of people around the world. In the UK alone, more than eight million people and 300 landmarks, including The Shard, Edinburgh Castle and Carnaby Street, are expected to participate.

WWF is calling on politicians to show their commitment to tackling key environmental issues such as restoring wildlife, acting on climate change and ending plastic pollution by joining in and making a pledge.  Rosie Duffield joined the call by pledging “to give up single use plastics, and to urge all my friends to do the same!”

This year WWF’s Earth Hour is also calling on people to make a #PromiseForThePlanet – a simple lifestyle change that combined with thousands of other pledges can make a big difference. The promises include refusing plastic cutlery, switching to a green energy provider and reducing the amount of meat you eat by becoming a flexitarian.

Rosie Duffield said: “WWF’s Earth Hour provides an opportunity to raise awareness of some of the biggest environmental challenges facing our generation. I hope by making this promise today that I can encourage others to make a pledge too. Together we can make a difference.”

Tony Juniper, executive director of campaigns at WWF said:
“Much of the wildlife we love is being seriously threatened by the pressures we put on our planet, including the effects of climate change, pollution, deforestation and generally living beyond the Earth’s means.

“We’re delighted to see MPs from across the UK give their support to Earth Hour and make a pledge to protect the planet. We hope they will inspire many others in their constituencies and communities to make a promise of their own.”

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