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Colchester MP holds meeting with Health Secretary about hospital

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Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has held a meeting with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to discuss the latest situation at Colchester Hospital.

Last week, Colchester General declared a major incident after the Care Quality Commission raised safeguarding concerns following an inspection.

Sir Bob says he believes the term 'major incident' is misleading and overstates the reality of the situation. He believes the 'major incident' will be lifted within the next few days.

The MP said he has been assured the problems highlighted by the Care Quality Commission are being addressed.

Sir Bob Russell MP

While over the years I have received complaints from patients and members of their families about their experiences at Colchester General Hospital, it is fair to say that expressions of gratitude are considerably greater.I wish to again place on record my appreciation to the medical and support staff at Colchester General Hospital. I am keen to do what I can to support them. Negativity can be so demoralising.I look forward to the lifting of “major incident” in the next few days, and for the ending of “special measures” as soon as possible.

– Sir Bob Russell MP

Colchester hospital: latest update

Colchester General is still declaring a major incident Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hospital bosses in Colchester say they are not yet in a position to stand down the internal major incident.

Last week, Colchester General declared a major incident after the Care Quality Commission raised safeguarding concerns following an inspection.

At the time the hospital said it was facing unprecedented demand on its services.

A spokesman has revealed they postponed 12 elective (non-emergency, non-cancer) operations on Monday and they are anticipating to postpone more non-emergency, non-cancer surgery tomorrow (Tuesday).

Pressure on the A & E department did decrease today and the Emergency Assessment Unit reopened.

A hospital spokesman said the situation would be reviewed on a daily basis.

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Calls for Health Secretary to investigate hospital

The hospital is under increasing scrutiny Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex MP Sir Bob Russell is to contact the Health Secretary to ask for a thorough investigation into Colchester General Hospital.

It comes after health bosses announced a major incident at the Essex hospital after the Care Quality Commission raised safeguarding concerns during an inspection.

The hospital said it was facing unprecedented demand.

Meanwhile the hospital has warned people to stay away from its Accident and Emergency department, unless they have a serious or life-threatening condition - restrictions which are expected to last for at least a week.

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Colchester A&E restrictions will last for about a week

Colchester hospital has warned people to stay away from its accident and emergency department, unless they have a serious or life-threatening condition - restrictions which are expected to last for at least a week.

The announcement follows a surprise inspection by health regulators as ITV news reporter Harry Smith reports:

Another high death rates warning for Colchester Hospital

Colchester Hospital has been named in another list highlighting its worrying death rates.

This time the NHS trust is one of six to be singled out for its "persistently" high figure for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge.

Six NHS trusts have "persistently" high death rates for patients who die in hospital or within 30 days of discharge, according to new data.

The warning follows a study by the Health and Social Care Information Centre and covers the period from July 2011 to June 2013.

Colchester Hospital has already been highlighted by the Care Quality Commission and analysts Dr Foster for its high death rates and is currently under investigation by police over accusations cancer waiting times were falsified.

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Hospital appoints new interim Chief Executive

Kim Hodgson Credit: Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trus

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust have appointed Kim Hodgson as its new interim Chief Executive.

She replaces Dr Gordon Coutts who resigned from his position last month following allegations that staff were bullied into changing cancer patient records.

A trained nurse, Ms Hodgson was the former Chief Executive for East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust and has spent the last three years working continuously with the NHS, specialising in health service improvement.

She will formally take up the interim position next Monday.

Sue Barnett, Deputy Chief Executive at the Trust, today publicly announced her resignation. Sue took charge of the Trust briefly at the end of 2013 after former Chief Executive Dr Gordon Coutts did not return to his post following a period of sick leave.

Colchester Hospital Chief Executive reassures patients over care

Colchester Hospital has been put into special measures by the health watchdog Monitor.

The Trust hit the headlines last week, after claims were made that some staff at the hospital had been bullied into falsifying data to help it meet targets.

This afternoon a meeting of the Trust's board was held at the hospital, where bosses discussed the measures, and took questions from the public.

Afterwards ITV News Anglia spoke to Chief Executive Dr Gordon Coutts.

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Breaking: Colchester Hospital put into special measures

Colchester Hospital has been put into special measures by the health sector regulator Monitor in order to "safeguard patient services".

The hospital hit the headlines last week after claims were made that some staff at the hospital had been bullied into falsifying waiting-time data to help it meet targets.

Colchester Hospital statement in full

Colchester Hospital says it is not "working on the assumption" that one out of three cancer patients (approximately 2,000 a year) has had their records falsified, as claimed by The Observer newspaper.

Any figures quoted in the media about the number of patients who may have been affected are purely speculative.

We are determined to get to the bottom of all of the concerns and issues raised in the CQC report and we are already working closely with professional regulators, local GPs, North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS England and Essex police to do so.

If there is any evidence that any of our staff have inappropriately adjusted and reported cancer figures, the Trust will take strong action in all cases...

Our priority is the safety and welfare of all cancer patients.

– Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
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