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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:

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Police investigating Colchester murder 'still need to identify more people'

More than a quarter of the images released by detectives investigating the murder of Nahid Almanea in Colchester have been identified.

CCTV image captured at University of Essex Credit: Essex Police

The CCTV stills and moving footage were released to the public last Wednesday. As of today officers have:

  • Eliminated 49 images of the 161 published
  • Eliminated eight videos of the 38 which are currently live on the website
  • Identified 27 people out of a possible 90

We have had a great response from the public but we still need to identify more people. I would urge people to continue to come forward. Any piece of information, no matter how small, could help us find the person or the people responsible for Nahid’s death.

– Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Mark Hall

Nahid, was murdered on Tuesday 17 June on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester. The 31-year-old, who was studying at the University of Essex, died as a result of stab wounds.

She was attacked at around 10.40am as she walked from her student accommodation in nearby Woodrow Way along the trail to the university complex in Wivenhoe.

The CCTV images show potential witnesses. They are from cameras at the barrier on the Capon Road at the University of Essex, and from cameras at Avon Way, Purcell Close, and the Hunwicke Road shops on the Greenstead estate.

Click here to see the images on the Essex Police website.

Anybody who recognises themselves or anyone else in the images are asked to get in touch by calling Essex Police on 01245 282103 quoting the image reference number that they recognise.

People can also give information to the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Crimestoppers has offered a reward on £10,000 payable for information which leads to the conviction of the person or people responsible for Nahid’s murder.

Five people identified after CCTV images released

Police say five people have been identified after more than 70 CCTV images were released in connection with the investigation into the murder of Nahid Almanea.

In total the investigation team has received 24 calls and 21 emails from members of the public.

In addition 33 names of people who may feature in the CCTV images have been provided.

More on this story here.

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