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Ashya King's parents say they are too scared to return

Brett & Naghemeh King with their son Ashya as he recovers from proton beam therapy

The parents of five-year-old Ashya King have done an interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain from Spain. The little boy from Southsea in Portsmouth was removed from Southampton Hospital by his parents earlier this year, sparking an international hunt.

Ashya was treated for brain cancer by doctors at a Czech proton therapy centre in Prague. Medical staff said he has responded well to treatment. In the interview from Spain, where the family are currently staying, Brett & Naghemeh King said they were took scared to return home to Hampshire.


Cancer death rate steadily falling for under 75s

The number of people under the age of 75 who have died from cancer has fallen over the last decade.

According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre, West Oxfordshire and North Dorset had the lowest mortality rate last year.

However cancer remains the top cause of death for older people.

For both men and women aged over 75 the first and second most common forms of cancer leading to death, were cancers of the digestive organs and of the respiratory and intrathoracic organs.

For men the third most common form was cancers of the genital organs and for women it was breast cancer.

NHS workers across the south to go on strike

NHS workers in the region are preparing to take part in a national strike on Monday.

From seven in the morning until eleven, union members will walk out as part of an ongoing row about pay.

NHS staff are to go on strike on Monday as part of a row over pay. Credit: PA

The Royal Sussex County in Brighton and Worthing are among those that will be affected.

A recent survey for NHS trade unions revealed that increased workload, low pay, constant restructures and the stresses of the job are among the reasons why two thirds of NHS workers have considered quitting.

RBH statement on Monitor investigation

“It is important to stress that we are continuing, as always, to provide high quality and safe care to our patients across the Trust. The matters which Monitor will be looking at, to ensure we are taking the correct actions, date back some time. We are aware of the issues and are working hard to put them right – and firmly believe we can achieve that. We are determined to deliver what we are contracted to provide and, importantly, what is right for our patients. The Executive team and Board will be working closely with Monitor to respond to their investigation.”

– Chief Executive Jean O’Callaghan

Monitor launches investigation into Royal Berkshire Hospital

The healthcare regulator is investigating Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust because of concerns about aspects of its performance.

Royal Berkshire Hospital has identified problems with its data on patient waiting times, which has raised questions about its ability to meet national waiting time targets.

Monitor is also concerned that the trust is predicting that it may suffer larger financial losses this year than previously thought.

“We are investigating because of problems with the trust’s financial position, and because there are potential concerns with the way it manages patient waiting lists. Since August, the trust’s new Chief Executive has made some progress with tackling these issues, including making the trust leadership more effective. However, we need to make sure the trust is doing enough to fix these problems and improve how the hospital is run for its patients.”

– Paul Streat, Regional Director at Monitor

Monitor will announce the outcome of its investigation, and any regulatory action, in due course.


Gynaecologist suspended after hospital review.

Women patients claim surgical 'mistakes' made at a leading hospital have left them in pain - and have ruined their lives. A gynaecologist who operated on patients at Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey has been suspended since an investigation . She was stopped from carrying out operations in 2011. The hospital serves more than four hundred thousand people across north-east Hampshire, west Surrey and Berkshire - offering outpatient services from places like Fleet, Aldershot and Farnham. Juliette Fletcher has this report.

Ambulance service to reduce fuel costs

The dynamic control will mean a vehicle's speed is restricted when it's not on an emergency. The fleet covers around 17 million miles across Surrey and Sussex each year. It's using a new system which limits a vehicle to sixty two miles an hour.

South East Coast Ambulance Service Credit: ITV News Meridian

"The decision to install this system on our operational vehicles will significantly reduce their fuel consumption and save public money.

In addition, given the huge number of miles our vehicles cover, we know we have a duty to take our responsibility to the environment very seriously.

This move is just one way which we can, to an extent, limit our impact as an organisation on the environment at the same time as making savings, which can be reinvested into patient care."

– Justin Wand - Head of Fleet

Family teach children to save lives after son died 'from a single punch'

He died from a single punch. Promising footballer Connor Saunders died after a fight in Rottingdean, near Brighton, two years ago.

Today his family held an assembly at a local school telling pupils the lessons they've learned. The Connor Saunders Foundation hopes to provide a legacy for youngsters, teaching them to save lives rather than take them.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Darran Saunders and Courtney Saunders-Jones.

Healthcare 'plunged back into dark ages'

Antibiotics have saved millions of lives since they were discovered eighty years ago. But experts say overuse of the drugs is threatening to plunge healthcare back into the dark ages. Now, NHS bosses in Sussex are urging health workers and the public to think twice before using antibiotics, to help prevent infections becoming immune to them. Malcolm Shaw reports.

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