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Podcast: Harrowing report reveals 45 baby deaths could have been prevented at East Kent Hospitals

A harrowing report has revealed at least 45 babies died at two hospitals in Kent because of failures in care.

An independent inquiry’s been looking into more than 200 cases involving maternity services at East Kent Hospitals Trust – dating back more than 10 years.

It was commissioned in 2020 following growing concerns over the quality of care at the QEQM in Margate and the William Harvey in Ashford.

Hear from Dr Bill Kirkup, who led the investigation, and from a few of the bereaved families.

Also in today’s podcast, an RNLI crew member has been describing how he and colleagues have been abused and shunned by friends for saving asylum seekers in the Channel.

He’s spoken out anonymously as the charity releases harrowing footage of a rescue of five people attempting to make the dangerous journey, including a 14 year-old girl.

Elsewhere, a self-made millionaire who left school at just 16 has opened Sheppey’s first business hub.

Six acres of land near Queenborough will eventually be home to 30 units for national and local companies.

Our reporter’s been chatting to Tom Allsworth who has spent £18m on it.

The KentOnline’s Podcast’s been given data showing which parts of Kent have the best and worst recycling rates.

At the top end of the scale, Ashford and Tonbridge residents recycle the most, whereas, people in Dartford are the lowest ranked in the county. 

Helen Bird from campaign group Recycle Now talks us through the research.

And, Tom Cruise is thought to have flown into Kent to film his latest movie.

He apparently arrived in Chatham by helicopter yesterday afternoon, before being taken to the nearby historic Dockyard.