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Leicester hospitals told to improve by watchdog

Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General hospitals needs to address safety issues Credit: PA

An inspection team says two hospitals in Leicester require improvement. The CQC says the trust which runs the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General hospitals needs to address safety issues.

But they add that overall the trust is providing services which are safe, caring and well-led. The trust says it is tracking the problems raised and agrees some issues require improvement'.

Car parking fees going up at Nottingham hospitals

Nottingham City Hospital Credit: Emma Coles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Car parking charges are to increase at Nottingham's hospitals from 1 May 2013.

The price of two-hour, four-hour and 24-hour tariffs will rise by 10p for patients and visitors parking at Queen's Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital.

Daniel Mortimer from the Trust says,

"By funding our car parks and free Medilink bus service from the income we make from car parking charges, we protect NHS money for patient care....Increasing our charges is never going to be a popular decision.

"But the reality is that we, along with other hospitals and public sector organisations, face tough financial challenges and decisions."


Health minister: steps taken to listen to whistleblowers

A survey by the Nursing Times has found that over half of nurses believe their concerns about patient care are being ignored.

It follows the Francis Report which criticised Stafford Hospital for "appalling standards of care".

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said,

We are determined that staff who have the courage and integrity to speak out in the interests of patient safety are protected and listened to.

We have already taken a range of measures to protect and support whistleblowers in the NHS - including funding a national helpline, embedding rights in their employment contracts and issuing new guidance in partnership with trades unions and employers.

We are now considering the recommendations of the Francis Report in full and whether we need go further.

– Dr Dan Poulter, Health Minister

Son of victim welcomes foreign doctor language checks

The son of a man who died after he was given ten times the recommended dose of painkillers by a German doctor says it's imperative all medics can speak English.

Stuart Gray, from Worcestershire, has welcomed today's announcement that more stringest measures will be put in place to make sure all doctors can speak English.

Son of foreign doctor victim welcomes new measures

Dr Stuart Gray Credit: ITV News Central

The son of a man who died from a fatal overdose given by a foreign doctor, has told ITV News that he welcomes new language measures.

Dr Stuart Gray's father died in 2008, after a German doctor – who had already failed an English test – gave him ten times the required amount of painkillers for kidney pain.

"It's common sense. This is five years too late, but at least action is now being taken," said Dr Stuart Gray.

Those coming to the UK from outside the EU already face strict language tests. However, new measures will mean all doctors wanting to practice in the UK will now need to pass a language assessment.

The new checks were announced after cases in which foreign doctors were said to have provided sub-standard care.

What is Kate The Duchess of Cambridge wearing?

Kate arriving on a train this morning in Cambridge Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited their namesake city Cambridge today for the first time since the Queen conferred the Dukedom on the couple on their wedding day last year.

William and Kate made their way to Peterborough City Hospital to officially open the £289 million facility in Bretton.

Kate was wearing a a grey Belli coat from Maxmara (£980), and brown suede Aquatalia ankle boots. She was also sporting a new haircut as she has had a heavy fringe cut into her famous brown locks.

The couple looked windswept on a balcony in Cambridge earlier today Credit: PA