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The hidden health risk in our homes and gardens

There's a warning that damp and mould in our homes could cause serious illness.

People with asthma or weakened immune systems are most at risk.

One woman in Sussex developed a fungal infection called Aspergillosis after her house was flooded.

Jenny Ellingford wants others to be made aware of the dangers.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jenny, and to Prof Stephen Spiro of the British Lung Foundation.

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VIDEO: Banbury's cross - Thousands protest at plans to downgrade maternity services

Around 5000 people joined the protest Credit: Jake Mayo

Thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against planned cuts at a hospital in Oxfordshire.

The downgrading of maternity services at Banbury's 'Horton General Hospital' would mean hundreds of expectant mums being transferred to the John Radcliffe in Oxford, about 45 minutes away.

But the Trust says it can't recruit enough obstetricians to run the Horton's maternity unit safely.

A decision will be made a week on Wednesday.

Rachel Hepworth reports:

Meridian spoke to former midwives Mary Connor and Mary Price, and Banbury's Conservative MP Victoria Prentis.

Many thanks to Jake Mayo for providing video footage of the demonstration.

Boys embark on journey 'from fat to fit'

It's one of the biggest public health issues facing the country - and the problem is starting at a young age...obesity

Here in the south 16 per cent of boys and 14 per cent of girls are overweight. Now one team of fitness professionals is determined to reverse the trend through a 12-week programme,

ITV news has been following their journey, and Jessica Savage has the first of a special five part series we'll be showing here on Meridian this week.

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'Racism is endemic' at Sussex NHS Trust placed in special measures

Last night we reported on claims of bullying, harassment and discrimination at the biggest NHS Trust in Sussex.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has been placed in 'special measures' while major problems are being tackled. Today we spoke to a doctor who tells us racism at the organisation is 'endemic'.

It comes as the new Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission says a failure to tackle deep-rooted race inequality will cause more and more divisions in our society.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cissé, Chair of the NHS BME Network.

'There was no management for my Mum' - Sussex NHS Trust goes into special measures

An NHS Trust that runs both the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath has been placed in 'special measures'.

A new Care Quality Commission report describes a catalogue of errors - including patients treated in corridors, a lack of leadership, poor safety, and long waiting times.

The damning indictment even included allegations of bullying and discrimination between staff.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Maggie Snowsell, Alan Thorne of the Care Quality Commission, and Dr Stephen Holmberg of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

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