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CQC confirm Colchester Hospital to be run by Ipswich bosses

Ipswich Hospital will now run Colchester Hospital. Credit: PA

The CQC have confirmed that Colchester Hospital will now be run by those in charge at Ipswich Hospital.

The trust was criticised again in another report published today.

Ipswich Chief Executive Nick Hulme has been overseeing both hospitals since May.

Colchester has been in special measure for two years, but the QCQ says a different approach is needed to turn its fortunes around.

The trust has been in special measures for more than two years and, based on the lack of improvement, I have been unable to recommend a further extension to special measures.

However, a partnership agreement with Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has now been established. The chairman and chief executive of Ipswich are now overseeing Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.

We are optimistic about what will be achieved at the trust through this partnership, based on the strength of leadership that we have previously assessed at Ipswich.

Our inspectors are in regular contact with both the leadership at Ipswich and Colchester and we continue to monitor this situation very closely.

– PROFESSOR SIR MIKE RICHARDS, CQC’S CHIEF INSPECTOR OF HOSPITALS

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Bedfordshire trials new response team for mental health emergencies

Video report from ITV Anglia's Sarah Cooper.

A new emergency response team is being introduced in Bedfordshire that will see a police officer, a paramedic and a mental health worker working together.

The Mental Health Street Triage is the first of its kind in the county. They will respond to calls together in one car.

The year-long pilot is designed to make sure people going through a mental health crisis are given the right care.

The new response team includes a police officer, a paramedic and mental health worker. Credit: ITV Anglia

"We respond to over 200 mental health related incidents every month.

If you're experiencing a mental health crisis, do you really want to see police officers turn up?

However compassionate they might be, are they the right professionals?

And, actually, what these people will be seeing now, are the right people.

So, if you're in a mental health crisis, you will be getting the right level of support and the right professionals coming to help you."

– Chief Inspector Jaki Whittred, Bedfordshire Police

Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money wasted on NHS contract

Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money has been wasted on a NHS contract. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money has been wasted on a NHS contract to outsource the care of older and mentally ill people, investigators have found.

A National Audit Office report pointed to several mistakes and misgivings over the contract between Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group and UnitingCare Partnership, which collapsed after just eight months.

UnitingCare, an NHS consortium of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, pulled out in December after saying the deal was not financially viable.

The report criticised the planning for the contract, the lack of data informing the true cost of the service, and the role of NHS England and Monitor in providing oversight.

Ambulance Service admits failings in not admitting patient to hospital

Adam Frere-Smith.

The East of England Ambulance Service has admitted its failings in not admitting an alcohol-dependent patient to hospital after he fell and hurt his dead.

48-year-old Adam Frere-Smith from Norwich died on November 16th last year, the day after striking his head on his bathroom sink.

At his inquest today, the coroner was told he had serious alcohol problems and was suffering from depression.

Paramedic Geoffrey Billings responded to the 999 call from Mr Frere-Smth's mother.

He noticed a graze on the patient's head but felt he didn't require further treatment.

He told the inquest he contacted the doctors' service and his concern was chiefly about Mr Fere-Smith's alcohol dependency and the fact he wasn't taking his medication.

Another paramedic, David Allen, carried out an investigation in the light of what was regarded as a serious incident.

He said that with a combination of intoxication and a head injury, Mr Frere-Smith should have been admitted to an emergency department.

"The assessment was not thorough" he admitted.

Dr Tom Davis, deputy medical director with the East of England Ambulance Service, apologised to Mr Frere-Smith's family. "We had not delivered the appropriate care to the patient," he told the coroner.

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Optometrist manslaughter trial: Court hears evidence

An optometrist, accused of incompetence in carrying out an eye test on an eight-year-old boy who later died, has begun giving evidence at Ipswich Crown Court.

35-year-old Honey Rose, from East London, told the jury about the difficulty she had examining Vinnie Barker's eyes because he was struggling with the bright light she was shining into them.

She denies manslaughter by gross negligence.

Click below for Malcolm Robertson's report from Ipswich Crown Court

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