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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.

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:

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