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Health regulator critical of Southend A & E department

The health sector regulator Monitor, has ordered Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to make a series of urgent steps after failing to make improvements in services for its patients.

The hospital's been branded one of the worst performing accident & emergency departments in the country.

The trust says it is focused on improving services and is working with Monitor to make changes.

Click below to watch a short clip from Adam Cayley, Monitor.

Southend hospital has the worst performing A & E in the country says regulator

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Health regulator, "Monitor", has described Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as having the worst performing accident and emergency department in the country.

Monitor has now ordered urgent steps to be taken after it says the Trust failed to make improvements in services for its patients.

Some of the criticisms of the Trust are that it fails to see most A & E patients within four hours, which is the national target, and it fails to ensure that most have to wait less than 18 weeks for an operation.

Monitor's Regional Director Adam Cayley said. "This trust has one of the worst performing A&E departments in the country....It is unacceptable that patients have to wait. Monitor will not hesitate to step in and make changes to the leadership if the trust does not improve."

The Trust has been working with Monitor to tackle the issues since December 2012.

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Chairman Alan Tobias, said. "We believe we are now in a much stronger position to tackle these issues and will e working hard to achieve all the undertakings and requirements we have set with our regulator."

"I am under no illusion and want to assure our local community we must and will get this right because it is in the best interests of our patients, which is what drives the board of the trust."


Witness appeal after man assaulted and robbed in Southend

Essex Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was dragged into a garden, punched and kicked for the contents of his bag in Southend.

The 22-year-old victim from Chigwell was approached on East Street, Southend, by three men at around 5.20am on June 15. They grabbed his bag and pulled him into a garden where he was punched and kicked, stealing his wallet, cash, an I phone 5, credit cards and other personal documents.

"The men continued to assault the victim after they had stolen from him, so the victim sustained quite a long assault and was left with bruising and grazing and blacked out during the incident."

– Investigating Officer Pc Sam Winter

Anyone with information about this incident or who is responsible is urged to contact Pc Sam Winter at Southend CID on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Aircraft crash lands at airport

A light aircraft has crash landed at Southend Airport.

One person was on board at the time and treated by ambulance crews this morning. The aircraft was made safe by the Airport fire team.

The Cessna plane had a heavy landing and bounced onto the runway before landing on the grass. The pilot evacuated once the plane hit the ground and walked away from the crash. There was no fire.

– Assistant Divisional Officer Martyn Hodder, Southend Station Commander,

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Wanted man on the run

A man believed to live in Southend who is wanted in connection with the theft of a stash of guns has gone on the run after smashing a van into police cars to evade armed officers.

Police say Mark Box is 'dangerous'. The 29 year old is wanted in connection with the theft of thousands of pounds worth of shotguns and rifles from a lorry parked in an industrial estate in Basildon in April.

He is thought to have been driving a Volkswagen van.

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