Podcast: Medway Maritime and East Kent Hospitals hit with worst A&E crisis on record

An A&E crisis engulfing two Kent hospital trusts saw an elderly woman with dementia endure a “dehumanising” three-day wait for a bed.

Emergency departments across the county last month reported a record number of patients experiencing delays of 12 hours or more before being admitted to a ward.

Also in today’s podcast, an asylum seeker who has resorted to sleeping under a rowing boat on a Kent beach is warning others “Don’t come here – the system is broken”.

Alaa Eldin is from Syria, he was left homeless and penniless after his application for asylum was struck out. 

There are concerns plans to introduce parking charges at a seafront car park in Kent will “put people off” from using it.

It’s emerged that the site in Minster is to become a pay and display as local bosses look to increase revenue. 

A car power-sliding enthusiast whose antics on Kent’s roads have sparked outrage is now launching his own “drift” track.

Warren Lees, from Sandwich, admits he has “been a naughty boy” in the past, but is opening a safe place for him and others to indulge their passion.

And in football, Gillingham have teed up an intriguing Friday-night clash where victory would see them leapfrog hosts Notts County into the League 2 play-off places.

The Gills were held last Saturday at home to Walsall, which cost them the chance to already be in the top seven.