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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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Thousands celebrate Brighton Pride

Extra security measures have been put in place at this weekend's Brighton Pride in light of recent terror attacks across Europe. Concrete barriers have been installed in crowded areas and extra police have been drafted in to keep party-goers and spectators safe. Organisers say the event has attracted more than two hundred thousand people. Tom Savvides reports.

New Brighton tower opens for business

The tower opens for business this weekend Credit: ITV

This is the first weekend of business for Brighton's newest tourist attraction - the i360 observation tower.

The 450-foot tall structure has an elevator and platform which give views across the the city and the Sussex coastline.

Extra measures brought in to tackle hate crime

More than 150,000 people are expected to fill the streets of Brighton this weekend to celebrate Pride. But with so many revellers in the city, police are taking extra measures to tackle hate crime. Tom Savvides has been talking to one woman about her experience of being verbally abused at last year's event. Interviewees: Sophie Cook, LGBT campaigner; Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner; and Paul Kemp, Managing Director of Brighton Pride.


British Airways i360 welcomes first fee-paying passengers

It's taken twelve years to plan, and two years to build.

And today was the day the public got their first chance to ride on the British Airways i360 in Brighton.

It's the world's tallest moving observation tower, and it cost 46 million pounds, so expectations were high.

But what did the first fee-paying passengers make of it?

We sent Malcolm Shaw to find out.

Increased security for Brighton Pride

Sussex Police say they're putting extra security measures in place for this weekend's Pride celebrations in Brighton.

Stewards and security staff have had extra training so they can respond to any incidents. Last year, organisers had to make last-minute changes to the parade route.

I'm looking forward to once again joining colleagues in the parade and having the opportunity to talk to other people who celebrate Pride and help make it a great weekend for Brighton and Hove. I thoroughly enjoy marching with colleagues and I am proud to do so and be part of the biggest event in Brighton and Hove's calendar, showcasing our uniquely special City and celebrating our LGBT communities. I know that I can speak for my colleagues too when I say how uplifted and appreciative we are with the warm encouragement and appreciation we receive from the crowds of people as we pass by.

Whilst we will be working with Brighton and Hove City Council to keep the city moving and safe throughout the day, there will inevitably be some disruption to traffic with such a large event, so if you were planning to come to the city, don't be put off but please do allow extra time and think about your travel plans."

– Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp, Sussex Police

Tickets go on sale as i360 launch date announced

i360 Credit: PA

It's been announced that Brighton's latest visitor attraction, the i360, will welcome its first visitors from August 4.

The moving observation tower is being sponsored by British Airways and trips to the top will be called 'flights.' They will take 20 minutes during the day and 30 minutes after 6.00pm, when the pod becomes the Nyetimber Sky Bar.

Designed by Marks Barfield Architects, creators of the London Eye, the attraction opens almost exactly two years to the day since construction began.

Built at the landward end of Brighton's historic West Pier, British Airways i360 is a modern day vertical pier which invites visitors to walk on air and gain a new perspective on the city, just as the West Pier invited Victorian society to walk on water.

The glass viewing pod, ten times the size of a London Eye capsule and capable of carrying up to 200 passengers, will slowly rise up a slender steel tower to a height of 450 feet to provide passengers with stunning views of Brighton and Hove and a beautiful panorama of the south coast and English Channel.

– i360 architects

Adult tickets will cost £15. There will be concessions for children and over-60s and discounts for booking online.

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