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Hull City Council prepares for anticipated public health budget cuts

Hull City Council has started planning where to make savings in public health ahead of anticipated spending cuts. It's expecting to have to make around one point six million pounds of savings by the end of the year - that's more than 7% of the public health budget. The exact figures will be confirmed in September.

A funding cut of the expected level is an unprecedented amount to be asked to save in-year and we have some extremely difficult decisions ahead of us. We will retain our commitment to delivering the best possible standard of service and residents should be reassured that we will make it our absolute priority to continue to protect those who use our services. We will be working closely with staff within the council and commissioned services to achieve this, but it is likely that some impact on the delivery of front line services will be unavoidable. We have begun the process of planning for these cuts so that we are in a position to make required changes when the Chancellor confirms the figure in September. It is regrettable that we are faced with implementing these decisions but unfortunately we do not have a choice.

– Julia Weldon, Director of Public Health


Double decker campaign to tackle prostate cancer

A double decker bus is being taken on tour around the country to raise awareness of the risk of prostate cancer amongst black males.

There are currently 3,700 men living with prostate cancer in Leeds and 2,000 in Sheffield. According to new research, black men are twice as likely to be diagnosed with the condition as white men, and a greater number will die from the disease as a result.

Hundreds of patients in hospital unnecessarily

Hundreds of patients across our region are in hospital unnecessarily. Credit: Press Association

Hundreds of patients across our region are in hospital unnecessarily.

On one day in May, 177 patients in East Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire were in hospital despite having been told that they can be discharged. At Leeds General Infirmary there are currently eighty-two people who can't leave. The hospital lost more than 3200 days due to delayed discharges in one month this year.

The patients can't leave because there isn't enough support for them to be cared for elsewhere, leading hospitals to team up with charities in order to get patients home.

Police appeal for missing Oliver

Humberside Police are continuing to appeal for the public’s help in locating missing 16-year-old Oliver Samuels who has now been missing for 25 days.

Missing Oliver Samuels Credit: Humberside Police

Oliver went missing from the Immingham area at around 1pm on Sunday July 12 and police were informed later the same day.

There have been positive sightings of Oliver since going missing, with the last sighting on Tuesday August 7 in the North East Lincolnshire area.

However officers are concerned for Oliver’s safety due to his age and the length of time he has been missing.

Missing Oliver Samuels Credit: Humberside Police

He is described as white, with a fair complexion, 5ft 6” tall, medium build, with cropped, mousey hair. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt, black tracksuit bottoms with stripes and white trainers. He often wears glasses .

Man left unconscious in Hornsea gang attack

Police investigating the assault of two Hornsea men by a gang of men in the early hours of Sunday August 2 as they walked home from the resort's Floral Hall are asking for witnesses to come forward.

The two men, who were aged 52 and 29, were allegedly attacked just after 3am close to the Promenade Villas / Esplanade by 10-15 men in their 20s and 30s.

The 52 year-old victim was knocked unconscious and sustained cuts and bruises to his arms and body, internal injuries and a black eye. The 29 year-old victim sustained minor injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information should contact Humberside Police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 2129604.


Elderly bed-blockers adding to NHS pressure

Hundreds of elderly people are being kept in hospital unnecessarily - for many because there is not enough support for them at home.

Credit: Press Association

So-called bed blocking is leading to extra pressure on the NHS.

Figures analysed by Calendar show hospitals are losing thousands of beds every month to patients who are fit enough to be discharged, but cannot be because of a lack of social care.

Farmer's wife hopes to set up support group after husband's coma

A farmer's wife wants to set up a support group for families after her husband was left fighting for his life in a coma.

Will Osgerby spent three weeks in intensive care after contracting a virus, which started to shut down his internal organs.

Against all the odds he survived - and the dedicated work of nurses at Hull Royal Infirmary has inspired his wife Gill to try and help others in the same situation.

James Webster reports:

Mum from Lincolnshire calls for more respect for overweight people

A Lincolnshire mother is calling for more respect for overweight people after revealing she is barracked for being fat.

Sarah Rout talks about the abuse she is put through on a Channel 5 programme tonight, called "No Fatties Allowed" which explores the prejudice against obese people.

She used to be too embarrassed to take her children to school - but it was only when doctors said she was risking her life that she took action and started to lose weight.

Helen Steel reports:

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