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1,000 new defibrillators for Ambulance Service

The new defibrillators will be kept in locations such as sports centres, village halls, and libraries Credit: ITV

The East of England Ambulance Service is investing almost £1 million on 1,000 new defibrillators.

The lifesaving kits, which can make all the difference in the first two or three minutes of cardiac arrest, will be placed across six counties. The first deliveries will be divided as follows:

  • Norfolk - 50
  • Essex - 40
  • Cambridgeshire - 30
  • Suffolk - 20
  • Bedfordshire - 10
  • Hertfordshire - 10

They will be kept in locations such as sports centres, village halls, and libraries. It is hoped all devices will be in place by the end of March.

CQC brands Colchester Hospital 'inadequate - Statement from Essex County Council

Colchester Hospital received an 'inadequate' rating from the CQC Credit: ITV

The following statement has been released by Essex County Council, in response to the publishing of the Care Quality Commision's latest report into the hospital:

“We are disappointed to read the outcome of the CQC report today, particularly given these are issues that have been raised before and a substantial amount of time and effort has been focused on improvements.

“As the lead authority for safeguarding in the county, our primary concern is patient safety. We are a critical friend to CHUFT and are offering them an unprecedented level of support in order for them to return to the standard that patients deserve.

“We are actively involved in the Trust’s recovery plan, in our opinion the plan is strong with key activities and targets identified. This plan identifies widespread, radical change and we are confident that the new leadership team are implementing the early stages of this plan, but acknowledge radical change takes time. We will continue to ensure progress is being clearly evidenced and key issues are urgently acted upon.

“As part of the recovery plan, a number of our senior staff are spending time at CHUFT. This includes both our Head of Safeguarding and one of our Directors for Adult Social Care regularly working at the hospital and advising them on best practice in assessments, safeguarding and operational communications. In addition, we are assisting them to strengthen their change process more efficiently through advice and support from our data intelligence team and specialist organisational change team.

“Members of staff from our community social work teams are now working alongside our hospital social work teams to strengthen support to people able to be discharged home. We have facilitated workshops between hospital ward staff and social work staff enabling them to work more closely with vulnerable people from their admission through to discharge.

“We are confident that we are doing everything in our power to assist CHUFT with their improvement plan and believe that if all partners continue to work together CHUFT will once more become a hospital that offers excellent care for the community of Colchester.”

– Cllr Dick Madden, Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Adult’s and Children’s Services

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Motorway ban on lorries overtaking?

The Highways Agency is considering a ban on lorries being allowed to overtake on a section of the M11 through Essex.

The ban - aimed at reducing congestion and improving safety - would be in force between junctions 8 and 9 as early as next year. It comes after a number of recent accidents on the motorway. Watch Hannah Pettifer's report here.

CQC brands Colchester Hospital 'inadequate - Statement from the Trust’s Council of Governors

The following statement has been released by the Council of Governors for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, in response to the publishing of the Care Quality Commision's latest report into the hospital:

"We are disappointed and concerned with the Care Quality Commission’s latest report on Colchester General Hospital. Clearly, improvements are needed – many actions have already been taken and more are planned.

However, the report does not reflect the progress that has been made at the Trust over the past year and does not recognise the tremendous dedication of the Trust’s highly committed staff.

As Trust Governors we can say that our patients and local communities can have confidence in the quality of care and treatment provided by Colchester Hospital Trust.

We are on a journey of improvement but it’s a journey that will take some time. The Trust’s reputation has been tarnished following a CQC report at the end of 2013 which triggered independent inquiries into allegations of bullying and cancer waiting time manipulation. The inquiries concluded that there was no evidence of a systemic culture of bullying at the Trust, nor any evidence of data manipulation. But these allegations have adversely affected the Trust’s reputation and made it more difficult to recruit and retain vital staff.

We sincerely hope therefore that this latest CQC report does not have a similar effect on our proactive efforts to recruit and retain staff."

– Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.

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GP facing sentence for rape and abuse of young girls

Dr Hugh Blaise O'Neill Credit: Archant

A Norfolk GP is due to be sentenced this afternoon for raping and sexually abusing young girls.

Dr Hugh Blaise O'Neill, 61, from Tasburgh, pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of gross indecency against one victim who was under 14, and two counts of gross indecency against a second victim.

He is to be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court.

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