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Doctor gives evidence at tribunal over teenager's death

Doctor Valerie Murphy Credit: ITV Meridian

The senior doctor in charge of a teenager who died under the care of Southern Health has been giving evidence at a medical tribunal.

Eighteen year old Connor Sparrowhawk had learning difficulties.

He drowned after having an epileptic seizure in a bath at Slade House in Headington in July 2013.

Doctor Valerie Murphy has admitted "failing to consider the consequences of leaving him unsupervised".

In tears she said she had disagreed with his mother's concerns and ignored the warning signs that he should have received one on one supervision.

The hearing continues.

Connor Sparrowhawk suffered an epileptic seizure Credit: ITV Meridian

Sussex hospitals trust remains in special measures

One of the South East's biggest hospital trusts is to stay in 'special measures', despite improving its performance.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust runs the Royal Sussex in Brighton and the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath.

Last year, the Care Quality Commission rated the trust 'inadequate', and says there's still much work to be done.

As Malcolm Shaw reports.

Malcolm spoke to Alan Thorne from the Care Quality Commission and Marianne Griffiths from Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Maternity services at Horton will be downgraded

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Protests have been held against the changes Credit: ITV Meridian

The maternity unit at Horton General Hospital in Banbury is set to be downgraded following a vote today by Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Campaigners have been fighting proposed changes with a number of protests held.

In October, the facility became midwife-led due to problems recruiting doctors.

The decision will see the vast majority of expectant mothers travelling 20 miles down the road to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.


Inventor uses implanted microchip to start car

The Hampshire inventor has implanted the microchip in his hand Credit: ITV Meridian

An inventor from Hampshire has created a tiny microchip inserted into his hand, that's only the size of a grain of rice, to start his car and open his office door.

Steven Northam just waves his hand over a sensor to operate daily tasks and is now offering the service to others for the first time.

As Chloe Oliver reports.

Chloe spoke to Steven Northam, entrepreneur and inventor and Dr Geoff Watson, Anesthetic Consultant.

Consultation on plans to close two respite centres

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Plans to close two children residential respite centres in Hampshire have gone to public consultation.

In the face of ongoing national austerity, the County Council says it's looking into re-designing the overnight respite service.

It wants to develop a less institutionalised approach.

The two care homes facing closure are Merrydale in Winchester and Sunbeams in Aldershot.

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