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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 October 2007, 15:21 GMT 16:21 UK
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A full-time chief is needed at an NHS trust hit by a superbug outbreak in which 90 people died, an MP has said.

It follows a Healthcare Commission report on an outbreak of clostridium difficile at the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

Former chief executive Rose Gibb stood down and Surrey health boss Glenn Douglas has taken over, but he will cover the Kent trust and his own.

Greg Clark, Tunbridge Wells MP, said "all his attention" was needed in Kent.

He said: "We need to find someone to devote all their time to not only turning the trust around but securing the new [PFI] hospital."

Management 'distracted'

He said he had "no complaints" about Mr Douglas, or his credentials, but believed he should "be there full-time and relieved of his responsibilities in Surrey".

Speaking about the Kent NHS Trust, Mr Clark said: "It's had all these problems and it's like that because the management of the trust were distracted by financial and clinical targets."

He said that was why only a full-time chief executive could be sufficient.

The outbreak of clostridium difficile at the trust was revealed in a Healthcare Commission report on Thursday.

It concluded that C.difficile - a bacterial infection of the gut which mainly affects the elderly - was probably the main cause of death for 90 patients.

It was definitely a contributing factor in the deaths of a further 124, and a probable factor in another 55.

Rose Gibb stepped down and Mr Douglas took over before the report was published.

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