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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

Video report from ITV Anglia's Liz Summers

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."

Boots offer 'deepest condolences' after manslaughter verdict

Vinnie Barker was assessed at Boots. Credit: PA

Boots Opticians say they offer their "deepest condolences" to the family of an eight-year-old boy from Ipswich who died when an optometrist failed to spot a life-threatening condition.

Vinnie Barker died from fluid on the brain five months after a routine eye test by 35 year-old Honey Rose at Boots in 2012.

Rose was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence at Ipswich Crown Court this morning.

We offer our deepest condolences to Vincent Barker’s family.

Our thoughts throughout this difficult period remain with the family following these tragic events.

– Ben Fletcher, Managing Director, Boots Opticians

Optometrist guilty of manslaughter after failing to spot condition

Honey Rose didn't spot Vinnie Barker's condition. Credit: ITV News Anglia/Suffolk Police

An optometrist has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after failing to spot a life-threatening condition on an Ipswich boy.

Eight-year-old Vinnie Barker died from fluid on the brain five months after a routine eye test by 35 year-old Honey Rose at Boots in 2012.

The prosecution argue that Vinnie had swollen optic discs and could have been saved if it had been spotted.


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.


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
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