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Campaigners react to news of fifth consultant resignation at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch

A fifth consultant has resigned from the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, a week after the health watchdog criticised patient safety at the Trust which runs it.

It follows the resignation of four consultants running the Accident and Emergency services earlier this year. At the time they cited pressure and changes to working practices, concerns the Trust said weren't shared by other colleagues.

Today the Trust confirmed the resignation saying "The consultant has offered to continue to treat patients and support the Trust and we are considering this."

Neil Stote is from the campaign group, Save the Alex.

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A four-car collision has left people needing treatment

A four-car collision left four people needing treatment. Credit: West Midlands Police

A four-car collision left four people needing treatment in Worcestershire, yesterday afternoon.

The incident happened at about 3.35pm outside the Travelodge Hotel on Rashwood Hill in Droitwich. West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

Crews arrived to find four cars with significant damage and four patients, all of whom were conscious throughout and had managed to free themselves from their vehicles.

“Given the high speed nature of the road all involved are lucky not to have suffered more serious injuries in the incident.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

The accident involved a man and woman in their 80s who received treatment for chest injuries, a 30-year-old woman who was treated for cuts to her face and a woman in her 60s who also received chest injuries.

Two young children and two adults injured in crash

A baby and a toddler were badly injured in the crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A baby, a toddler and two adults have been injured in a car crash in Worcestershire in the early hours of this morning.

It happened at 1.15am between junctions 7 and 6 of the M5 northbound.

The accident involved a car and two lorries.

A four-month-old boy and a two-year-old girl were both seriously injured in the crash. The two-year-old was trapped in the car for almost an hour.

“Both children received emergency treatment at the scene from medics and both were transferred by ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further emergency treatment.

“The hospital had been pre alerted to the children’s arrival and their serious injuries.”

“The woman travelling in the car - believed to be in her 20s - suffered serious neck and pelvic injuries. The man - also believed to be in his 20s - suffered multiple minor injuries.

“Both received treatment at the scene by medics and were transferred by ambulance to Worcester Royal Hospital for further treatment.

“The two lorry drivers were checked over by ambulance crews but did not require further treatment and were discharged at the scene.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson

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Chief Inspector of Hospitals takes action after inspection at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals issued a warning following an inspection Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals have been issued a warning by England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, following an inspection.

CQC visited the trust, unannounced, on 24 March, following concerns regarding the emergency departments at the trust’s Alexandra Hospital and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, and today, a report has been published of publishes of the inspection.

Areas focused on by the CQC included the safety of patients, particularly in the emergency department, as well as delays in handovers and a shortage of staff.

CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said:

“Our inspectors were concerned at what they found in the emergency departments at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. We found there were delays in handovers from ambulance crews, there was a shortage of nursing and senior medical staff and we had concerns about safeguarding procedures concerning children and the management of medicines.

“This is why we took immediate action. Our team gave feedback on their findings to the trust as soon as they had finished their inspection and this was quickly followed by CQC issuing warning notices and placing a condition on the trust’s registration. We have been closely monitoring the trust since our inspection, working with the Trust Development Authority and other stakeholders, such as the local Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England, and we will continue to do so.

“Our inspectors will return to the trust unannounced at a future date to check on whether improvements have been made. If improvements are not made we will consider what further action we need to take.

“Significant work is needed to improve services at the trust so that it meets the standards people have a right to expect.

“The trust knows what it now needs to do to ensure change takes place.”

A condition was placed on the trust’s registration with regard to the service at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The trust has been given instructions to improve care and pay special attention to staffing levels and the maintenance of equipment at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

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