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Ice bucket challenge to thank for MND breakthrough

Footballers also got involved in raising money for the charity. Credit: Ipswich Town Football Club

The global craze which saw celebrities and millions others doused in ice water to raise money for a Northampton based charity has been credited with funding a scientific breakthrough.

The Motor Neurone Disease association benefitted from some of the 75 million pounds raised through the ice bucket challenge - and now a gene which contributes to the disease has been identified, thanks to research paid for by fundraising.


Sick toddler finds matching donor

Joey Ziadi seen above in 2014, has now found a matching blood donor after being diagnosed with a rare form of anaemia Credit: ITV News Anglia

A seriously ill toddler from Northampton has finally found a matching donor after a two-year search for his family.

Joey Ziadi was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anaemia when he was just nine months old. It's a blood condition that affects just one in nine million people.

His mum has been campaigning tirelessly since then to encourage more people to become bone marrow donors.

Agreement signed over Cambridgeshire hospitals merger

Hinchinbrooke Hospital and Peterborough Hospital. Credit: PA

Moves to merge Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough hospitals have moved a step closer after the trusts running the hospitals signed an agreement to work together to develop a full Business Case.

The trusts say the project will confirm savings and costs as well as setting out how the proposed merger will be implemented.

A series of public meetings will also be held to allow the public to give their views.

The merger could take place next April.

NNUH says they're determined to improve finances

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital says they are determined to improve after being put into financial special measures. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norfolk and Norwich University hospital say they're determined to improve after being put into financial special measures.

The NNUH Trust board is determined to improve the financial position while ensuring the best possible quality of care for patients is maintained.

The demand we are faced with is rising relentlessly and we are treating more patients who require more complex care from a large geographical area.

Our staff are doing an amazing job but they are under significant daily pressure which is not sustainable.

This is why our plan to expand our services is crucial in both providing the best possible care to patients and bringing our finances back into balance.

– Mark Davies, NNUH Chief Executive

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital put in special measures

The Norfolk and Norfolk Hospital. Credit: PA

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has been put in "financial special measures".

The Trust is one of five nationally to be affected after the NHS claimed they need to bring about a "rapid improvement in their finances."

The hospitals will now need to undergo a review and agree a financial recovery plan.

They will only be able to leave special measures if they can show they are returning to financial discipline.

This suite of measures will help ensure that the providers facing the greatest financial challenges are supported to bring about rapid financial recovery, while maintaining or improving quality where necessary.

This plan will help restore financial discipline and ensure ongoing financial sustainability in the NHS.

– Jim Mackey, Chief Executive at NHS Improvement


Thousands of nurses at risk due to Brexit, RCN reveals

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Thousand of nurses working in the East could be affected by changes to EU immigration rules after Brexit - that's according to the Royal College of Nursing.

They say that changes to immigration could mean around 3,000 nurses working in hospitals and surgeries in the region are at risk of being sent back to their home countries.

These are uncertain times for safe staffing in the health service, and a lack of concrete assurances from the Government over the future of EU nursing staff working in the UK is making the situation worse. What is vital is that valued colleagues across the Eastern region are supported to stay.

– Karen Webb, RCN Eastern regional director

Mobile chemotherapy unit opens in Essex

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A new mobile cancer treatment unit in Essex could help thousands receive chemotherapy treatment closer to home.

The new unit has been unveiled by the 'Hope for Tomorrow' charity at Colchester General Hospital. It was dedicated to a nurse who helped to create them.

It will operate in the east of the county, in places like supermarket car parks and community centres.

Colchester Hospital CEO: 'Turnaround will take time'

The Chief Executive of Colchester Hospital Nick Hulme admits it will take time for the trust to get back on track.

A CQC report published today criticised the level of patient care and highlighted a culture of bullying on some wards.

The hospital has been in special measures for two years now, and Mr Hulme says patience is required.

"We need to work differently with the CQC and with our partners," he told ITV News Anglia.

"That way we can assure the public and patients that they can feel confident when they come to Colchester Hospital going forward."

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