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Albion Rovers, and why I fell out with Cameron

There are now just two weeks until the general election, and political parties have began to unveil their manifestos for how they believe the country should be governed. This week, Ukip’s challenger Piers Wauchope met reporter Aidan Barlow outside the party’s campaign office in Mortimer Street in Herne Bay ABOUT THE CANDIDATE Piers Wauchope is 58 and a barrister. He …

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Urgent need for mental health beds, says charity boss

The district’s mental health provision is a “ticking time bomb” waiting to explode, a leading charity chief has claimed. NHS managers have submitted plans for an upgraded 15-bed facility for dementia sufferers at Canterbury’s St Martin’s Hospital. If granted, the proposals would see a replacement for the existing Cranmer ward on the site – with bedrooms boasting en suite bathrooms and …

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Sir Roger has high hopes for Conservative majority

With just three weeks until polling day, candidates will be working hard to try to secure your vote on May 7. This week Conservative incumbent Sir Roger Gale met reporter Aidan Barlow at the Central Bandstand in Herne Bay to discuss the issues at stake in this election. ABOUT THE CANDIDATE Sir Roger Gale has been the Member of Parliament …

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Sale plan signals the end for ambulance station

Herne Bay’s ambulance station has been listed for sale as part of the latest shake-up in services by health bosses. The base in Sea Street had remained open as a community response post for on-duty paramedics between emergency call-outs despite the main base now being in Thanet. But now it has been listed with estate agents RPC as a site …

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The top 7 priorities facing our next MP from 2015

THE campaigning for the General Election only started this week, but some people in Canterbury are already looking ahead. TIM BATES looks at the biggest issues that will face Canterbury and Whitstable’s new MP… 1. Housing While Canterbury’s Local Plan has been put together by the city council, rather than an MP, its unpopular plan to build thousands of new …

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East Kent hospitals chairman will net £50,000 for three…

A new chairman is being sought to lead East Kent Hospitals Trust, including Thanet’s QEQM Hospital Comments (0) The East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust is advertising for a new chairman to lead its board of directors. The trust which runs hospitals in Thanet, Dover, Folkestone, Ashford, Deal and Canterbury, has a turnover of approximately £520 million. The current chairman, Nicholas Wells, …

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Scarlet fever: Hundreds of new cases recorded in the UK

Scarlet Fever is making a comeback Comments (0) More than 300 people were diagnosed with scarlet fever in the UK last week, in the worst outbreak of the disease for 50 years.  Doctors and medical professionals are expressing concern, with 1,265 cases of Scarlet Fever recorded since the year began. The diseases took many lives in the Victorian era but has since become …

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East Kent Hospital Trust’s chief executive Chris Bown’s £294,000 salary for a four-day week to pull hospitals out of special measures

The beleaguered Kent and Canterbury Hospital’s new interim chief executive will earn a jaw-dropping £294,000 for a year’s work – despite only working a four-day week. Chris Bown’s astonishing pay packet – more than double the Prime Minister’s salary – has been branded “disgraceful” by a nursing union. Mr Bown will become the highest paid public servant in Canterbury, earning …

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Herne Bay outpatients: get ready to travel to Whitstable

Comments (0) AFTER all the furore, from Monday people in Herne Bay will have to travel to Whitstable for if they need outpatient services. There has been fierce opposition to the plans to base a ‘hub’ outpatients clinic “hub” at Estuary View in Whitstable, with the running down of services at both Herne Bay’s Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital and Faversham Cottage …

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Antidepressants: Prescriptions in Kent rise by 60% since 2007

An exclusive investigation by KentOnline has revealed the number of antidepressants being prescribed to people in Kent over the last seven years has risen dramatically. Over 60% more drugs are now being dispensed than in 2007/2008. But it is still not clear why more and more people in Kent are needing the drugs just to get them through the day. …

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