Following news reports about government funding for hospitals across the country and, more recently, for the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Caroline Selkirk, Managing Director of the four clinical commissioning groups in east Kent said:

“We welcome the recognition that investment is needed in health and care services for patients in East Kent.

“There is a strong clinical case for change and clinicians and the public have been working closely to develop proposals that will be subject to full public consultation.

“This includes two potential options that propose using our hospitals in different ways in future to improve standards, with a single centre for specialist services and separating planned and emergency care, to benefit both sets of patients.

“Both options are being tested by local health commissioners prior to public consultation, after which a decision will be made.”

You can read more about the east Kent transformation programme here