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Improving mental wellbeing of emergency service staff

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An initiative to improve the mental wellbeing of emergency service workers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough launches today.

The Blue Light Network is being supported by the mental health charity Mind.

Funded by the Cabinet Office the network will support a programme of activity designed to improve access to mental health information and support for all employees across Police, Search and Rescue, Fire and Ambulances services.

"1 in 4 people in England experience a mental health issue every year. Blue Light personnel experience the same mental health issues as the general population, however research shows us that these problems are exacerbated by the nature of their profession. Both local Minds are delighted to be supporting this Network, bringing services together to have open and honest conversations around the mental health and wellbeing of their dedicated personnel who undertake such incredibly difficult work."

– Jenny Swain, Blue Light Network Coordinator at Peterborough and Fenland Mind


Hinchingbrooke CEO: 'Services won't be affected by merger'

Hinchingbrooke Hospital and Peterborough Hospital. Credit: PA

The Chief Executive of Hinchingbrooke Hospital says that no services will be cut despite fears that a planned merger with Peterborough Hospital would see clinics and departments moved.

Lance McCarthy says the hospital will be able to provide more services, but campaigners are worried about patients being put at risk.

"The whole nature of the work that we've been undertaking with colleagues at Peterborough is about trying to find solutions to sustain services on all three sites locally as they are, or enhance those services," he said.

"That's what we believe we can do through merging and that's what the full business case indicates."

Number of FGM cases on the rise in Norfolk, figures show

Aneeta Prem. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The number of cases of Female Genital Mutilation in Norfolk is rising according to new figures.

The illegal act is sometimes carried out on girls up to the age of 15 for cultural reasons.

Aneeta Prem from the Freedom Charity campaigns to stop the practice that has no medical or religious purpose.

Her book is being sent to schools across the country.

"It is illegal and does carry quite a long prison sentence," she said.

"So people need to be aware, if they're going to carry out this on their daughters then they do risk going to prison"

Click below to see Kate Prout's report


MPs from three political parties unite to save the NHS

MPs from three opposing parties says its time for radical action to save the NHS. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A group of MPs from opposing political parties say it's time for radical action to solve what they claim is a cash crisis in the health service.

Just this year we've seen striking doctors, struggling care homes, and link-ups between Hinchingbrooke and Peterborough, and Colchester and Ipswich hospitals to try to solve their financial woes.

Now MPs from three different political groups want the government to form a cross-party commission to try to save the health system.

Click below to watch a video report from ITV News Anglia

Work due to start on multi-million pound academic centre in Milton Keynes

An artists impression of the new £8.5 million academic centre Credit: Milton Keynes University Hospital

Work's due to start on an £8.5 million academic centre at Milton Keynes University Hospital.

It'll include a simulated operating theatre, video link for live procedures and lecture theatre.

Medical students and staff will seal a time capsule which will be opened on 19th September 2116.

The state-of- the-art building is the result of a partnership between the hospital and the University of Buckingham Medical School, who are funding the project.

The new Academic Centre will provide an outstanding resource for medical education and training for students, doctors, nurses and health professionals throughout the hospital.

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