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Chair of Cambridge Hospitals trust steps down

Jane Ramsey. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The chair of Cambridge University Hospitals has tonight announced she's leaving her role.

Jane Ramsey has been in charge of the trust which runs Addenbrooke's for the last four years.

She will now step down at the end of October to focus on other ventures.

Miss Ramsey said it had been a 'privilege' to lead the trust.

It has been a privilege to lead Cambridge University Hospitals over the last four years.

CUH provides outstanding care with fantastic staff and excellent patient outcomes.

I am delighted that Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals had their ratings improved in February and that the regulators recognised the improvements we have made.

– Jane Ramsey, Chair, CUH Foundation Trust


New Cambridgeshire cancer facility welcomes patients

Hinchingbrooke Hospital Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new £2.4m cancer centre at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon has welcomed its first patients this week.

The facility includes private consulting rooms and a support centre.

The aim is to bring together all cancer services at the hospital by next year.

The new centre looks incredible. There’s so much room for patients, their loved ones and staff to interact calmly and privately.

To have a facility like this on your doorstep when you’ve got cancer, rather than having to travel for hours, is such a comfort.

I know this will make a huge difference to the people of Huntingdon.

– Carol Croft, Patient

Eye-specialist escapes jail after failing to spot child's fatal eye condition

An eye specialist found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after failing to spot a young patient's life-threatening condition has walked free from court.

8-year-old Vinnie Barker from Ipswich died from fluid on the brain five months after a routine eye test in 2012.

He was seen by 35-year-old Honey Rose from East London who was working as a locum optometrist at Boots Opticians in Ipswich.

In a landmark case, Rose was handed a two year suspended sentence. Vinnie's family say they're still struggling with their loss.

Watch Serena Sandhu's report from Ipswich Crown Court.

Optometrist who did not spot fatal eye condition given suspended sentence

Honey Rose arrived at Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing Credit: ITV News Anglia

An optometrist who failed to notice an eye condition in an eight-year-old boy who later died has been given a suspended jail term.

Vincent Barker, known as Vinnie, died in July 2012 after fluid built up in his brain.

Honey Rose, 35 and from London, was working as a locum when she failed to spot abnormalities in Vinnie's eyes, a trial at Ipswich Crown Court heard.

His death was around five months after he had a routine eye test at a branch of Boots in Upper Brook Street, Ipswich.

Vinnie's parents arrived at Ipswich Crown Court Credit: ITV News Anglia
Vinnie died in 2012 after fluid built up on his brain Credit: Family photo

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said "any competent optometrist" would have spotted Vincent's swollen optic discs - bilateral papilloedema - and Vincent's death could have been prevented.

Rose denied the charge but was found guilty and convicted of gross negligence manslaughter after a 10-day trial last month.

A written statement from Vincent's mother, Joanne Barker, said: "The knowledge our loss should have been prevented and Vinnie should have been saved is intolerable to live with."

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