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Free parking at Nottingham hospitals this Christmas

City Hospital in Nottingham Credit: PA

Patients and visitors will be able to park for free at Nottingham's hospitals this Christmas.

The car park barriers will stay up at the Queen's Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital from midnight on Christmas Eve to midnight on Boxing Day.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust says it's meant to be a 'gesture of goodwill'.

"We recognise the level of frustration and disruption that parking problems have caused our patients and visitors in recent months. We also know how difficult it will be for families whose loved one is in hospital over the holiday season, and we are therefore offering patients and visitors free parking over these days as a gesture of goodwill."

– Louise Scull, Chair of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust


Record number of new nurse recruits to join Midlands hospital ranks

160 new nurses will join The Heart of England NHS Trust Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A record number of new nurses will soon be joining wards at Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope Hospitals.

The Heart of England NHS Trust has just taken on a hundred and sixty nurses.

It's hoped the new recruits will boost morale and reduce the use of agency and temporary staff.

"We are confident we have attracted the best talent to provide the best patient care and are hugely appreciative that they have made the decision to join us."

– Sam Foster, Chief Nurse, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

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 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
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