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Health Secretary visits the Alex in Redditch

Alexandra Hospital in Redditch Credit: PA

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt made a private visit to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch today (14 February).

The hospital is run by the same trust Mr Hunt previously said he was most worried about - the Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust.

Staff working for the Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust have been told it must improve or face sanctions from the Care Quality Commission.

The Trust has been told it must improve by 10th March or face penalties which could include special administrators being brought in.

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Nursery to close after 40 years over council funding

A children's play centre which has been running for more than four decades could be closing as soon as March, after failing to secure an annual grant from the council.

Parents that use the Play Council in Redditch say they'd be heartbroken if it had to shut, with some saying it's the only nursery in the area they can afford. Melissa Wright reports.


Police to use more funds from their 'healthy reserves'

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The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, John Campion has confirmed additional funding of over 4 million pounds in West Mercia’s policing budget over the next year.

It's hoped the investment will ensure there is continued funds to address the issues that matter most to the communities and ensure better value and use of public money.

The investment will come from West Mercia’s 'healthy reserves,' which currently stand at over 50 million pounds.

John Campion said:

“This budget shows how I am delivering on my election promises, to make sure that policing budgets are spent as wisely and efficiently as possible, and that the money gets spent on what matters most to communities. This includes improving police visibility, ensuring there is better customer service and that our most vulnerable people are protected. I also promised I would reform and modernise our police force, including new fit-for-purpose technology, bringing it up to date and in-line with other forces in the UK, and giving our officers the tools they need to do their difficult jobs better."

– PCC John Campion.

Body of man recovered from River Severn

West Mercia Police have confirmed that a body has been recovered from the River Severn at Holt Heath, near Worcester. In a statement a force spokesperson said:

"At about 3.40pm today, Thursday 2 February, a member of the public reported seeing a body going over the weir. Emergency services have been working at the scene and shortly before 5pm the body was located."

– West Mercia Police.

The body has not yet been identified but is believed to be that of a male.

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