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Brexit sparks 'ever worsening' NHS staffing crisis

Hospitals across our region are bracing themselves for an ever worsening staffing crisis - because of growing fears about Brexit.

New research reveals a double-edged threat with more people from the European Union leaving the NHS and fewer joining. But the reason is the same - concern for the future after Britain leaves the EU.

It comes as Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust launches a new video campaign in a bid to recruit 150 nurses.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Dame Donna Kinnair, director of nursing at the Royal College of Nursing, GP Dr Hubertus Von Blumenthal, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair of the British Medical Association, Diane Hull, Chief Nurse of Sussex Partnership Trust, and John Richardson, filmmaker and former service user.


  1. Sarah Saunders

A tale of survival from the night of the Great Storm of 1987

For many people in the South East the night of the Great Storm 30 years ago was the longest and most terrifying night of their lives.

Simon Corby, who was just 22 at the time, was in a hotel in Hastings devastated by the wind.

Incredibly he lived, despite falling through the floor in an avalanche of concrete and rubble when the chimney fell in.

He's been telling Sarah Saunders his remarkable story of survival.

Mother's life-saving work born out of son's tragic death

Five years ago, Darran Saunders lost her son Connor when he was fatally injured in an unprovoked attack.

But Darran, from Woodingdean in Sussex, vowed that something positive must come out of the tragedy.

Her tireless fundraising has provided life-saving equipment and training for more than sixty schools and sports clubs.

Now, Darran has been nominated for a Pride of Britain regional award, as Malcolm Shaw reports.


Why is the sun red & why is the sky a strange colour?

A red sun at Mudeford Dorset Credit: Emma Duguid

According to the Met Office, the red sun is caused by winds pulling up Saharan dust.

This dust is then reflected and refracted in longer wavelengths, giving a red appearance to the sky. This dust scatters the blue light from the sun letting more red light through much as at sunrise or sunset.

Some areas have been forced to turn on street lights in the middle of the day as the dust partially blocked out the sun.

Wilton Windmill, Just South Of Hungerford. Credit: Ken Rayner

Smoke from wildfires occurring over northern Iberia has also been pulled up high up into the atmosphere by ex hurricane Ophelia.

Some aircraft flying at altitude have reported a smell of burning in the cabin which reinforces this theory.

The sun over the New Forest Credit: Greg Parker

Hampshire County Council forced to save another £140m - some services will be cut

Hampshire County Council has an annual budget of almost £2 billion pounds. That money is spent on public services like education, roads, libraries, public health and waste disposal.

So far - since central Government's funding began to be cut in 2008 - the council has saved £340 million from its budget.

Council has to cut £140m of services Credit: HCC

Because of the rising cost of adult social care - like services for the elderly - it has increased council tax. Despite that, it says it faces a budget shortfall of £140 million.

Leader of HCC Roy Perry Credit: HCC

We have been reporting for some time now, the extent of the financial challenge that we continue to face. With our revenue support grant from Government soon coming to an end, together with rising inflation and significant increases in the numbers of elderly people, younger adults and children needing care - the pressures are mounting.

Members of the public, for good reasons, tend not to see the children in the care of the County Council, or those on the 'at risk register', but there is no doubt in my mind that they must be our highest priority to protect.

– Roy Perry

We are limited on the level by which we can increase council tax, and changes to the law would be needed to enable us to introduce or increase charges for some services - even though residents have indicated they would prefer to make contributions for some discretionary services rather than lose them.

The financial outlook remains extremely challenging. It's going to be very difficult indeed to achieve a further £140 million of savings, on top of the £340 million of spending reductions we have had to make since our funding from central Government began to reduce in 2008.

– Roy Perry

A final decision on where the cuts will be come wil be made by full council on November 2.

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