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Inspectors 'warned of care issues at Tameside Hospital'

Two previously unpublished reviews seen by The Guardian allegedly detail substandard levels of care at Tameside General Hospital in Greater Manchester.

The entrance to Tameside general hospital in Greater Manchester Credit: Google Maps

The paper claims the reports by the NHS' Interim Management and Support team and the North West Utilisation Management Unit, which helps hospitals in the region improve their performance, state that patients have been left in pain and without seeing a doctor for days on end.

The reviews were based on visits in March and April.

The reports are also said to refer to persistent staff shortages, especially at night, and a lack of consultants on wards.

Tameside Hospital has said it has drawn up an action plan to address the issues highlighted, which has been approved by Monitor, the regulator of foundation trust hospitals. It also told The Guardian that some concerns raised by staff "were not able to be substantiated."


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Wintry weather 'contributing factor' to river car tragedy

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue say the wintry weather was a 'contributing factor' in the accident in which a family in two cars plunged into a river, killing dad David Cox.

Today there is no evidence of the tragedy that had unfolded along the snowy and icy bridleway which runs close to the River Wye, not far from the A6.

Both cars were recovered from the scene of the accident late yesterday afternoon.

Derbyshire Police said an investigation is under way into the circumstances surrounding the crash and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

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Neighbours heard 'there's been an accident, Daddy is trapped'

The neighbours of the family involved in the river tragedy when their cars left the road and plunged into a river killing dad David Cox say they heard shouting 'Daddy is trapped'.

Neighbour Victoria Bamber said Mr Cox's son came running down the country lane shouting for help to free his father.

"He came banging on the door saying 'There's been an accident, Daddy is trapped'.

"When I got to the scene, I could only see the silver 4x4 upside down in the water and Ruth was desperately trying to find David."

– Victoria Bamber

Mrs Bamber said she and others waded into the freezing cold water to try to free Mr Cox, smashing the window with a large rock so the central locking failed and the car doors would open.

It is thought daughter Tess escaped through the rear window which had smashed.

A police officer who arrived on the scene also waded into the water to help but, despite the efforts of emergency services personnel, Mr Cox could not be saved.

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BBC pays tribute to dad killed in school run river tragedy

The head of the BBC has paid tribute to employee David Cox who was killed in Derbyshire yesterday when his car left the road and overturned in a river while he and his wife took their children to school.

Mr Cox and his wife Ruth were driving their children Tess, 11 and Loan, 9, in separate cars when they both skidded off of the road and into the River Wye.

Tess managed to escape her fathers car after around 4o minutes and get to the riverbank as did wife Ruth and Loan.

Despite neighbours launching a desperate rescue attempt to try and free Mr Cox he later died in hospital.

Acting BBC Director General Tim Davie praised Mr Cox's role in the corporation's coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

"We are very sad to learn of David's tragic death. He was a popular member of the Future Media team in Salford and had been key to the success of the red button service during the Olympics in the summer.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues here at the BBC at this difficult time."


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Man dies after car leaves road and goes into river

A man has died after two vehicles left the road and went into a river at Buxton.

At around 8:30am this morning, two vehicles driving along a bridle path which runs near to the Monsal Trail, north of the A6, left the path and entered the River Wye.

Three passengers, one from the first car and two from the second, all managed to escape safely.

The 42-year-old driver of the first car, a Toyota Aygo, died later at Stepping Hill Hospital.

An investigation has been launched.

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