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Isle of Wight NHS Trust responds to CQC findings

Recommendations have been made to place the Isle of Wight NHS Trust into special measures.

The Care Quality Commission inspected the Trust - which provides health services for 140,000 people - over five days. It found a number of significant concerns, particularly in mental health and ambulance services.

Dr Mark Pugh, Acting Chief Executive & Medical Director, Isle of Wight NHS Trust says they've taken steps to make things safer for patients:

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Isle of Wight NHS Trust facing 'special measures'

Recommendations have been made to place the Isle of Wight NHS Trust into special measures. It provides health services for 140,000 people.

The Care Quality Commission carried out an inspection over five days. It found a number of significant concerns particularly in mental health and ambulance services.

The former Chief Executive said the Trust had faced "big challenges" and apologised for not always providing the quality of care the public expected.

Ambulance crews face attacks and verbal abuse

It's an alarming situation that can no longer be tolerated. That's according to South Central Ambulance Service, who say increasing numbers of their staff are facing physical attacks and verbal abuse.

The service has regional headquarters at Otterbourne, in Hampshire and covers three other counties.

In the last year paramedics on emergency calls reported 115 cases of physical assault and 166 incidents of being sworn and shouted at.

Now officials have launched a campaign to highlight the safety problems faced by frontline staff. Cary Johnston reports.

A tragic waste of talent, says Chris Packham

The broadcaster Chris Packham is supporting a mother who's calling for more help to find work for adults with Asperger's Syndrome.

The naturalist, who lives in the New Forest, has Aspergers himself and is calling for more understanding of the condition.

Annette Sanderson says her 28-year-old son John is constantly turned down for jobs - despite being bright and intelligent. Rachel Hepworth reports.

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An extreme run for a special cause...

This weekend, around 70 extreme runners will set off on one of the toughest running challenges on the South Coast.

The "Oner" is an 82-mile course along the Jurassic coastline from Charmouth to Studland - including 10,000 feet of uphill climbs, which participants have to complete in 24 hours.

So, what inspires them to do it? Well, for one man, it was the secret diagnosis that his friend had just shared with him. Martin Dowse reports.

Bird flu precautions to stay in place

Poultry keepers have been told that strict bird flu biosecurity measures will be in place until the end of the month. The government's chief veterinary officer has issued new measures to protect against avian flu, which is spread from wild birds.

Egg farms close to the Kent and Sussex coasts in particular have been told to keep their birds indoors, for fear of contamination from the continent. Kris Jepson reports.

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