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Warning that hospitals will struggle without EU nursing staff

As front line NHS staff gear up to cope with the winter onslaught, it's being warned that a sharp drop in student nurse recruits - combined with plummeting numbers of EU nurses coming to work in the UK could have severe consequences for patients.

The NHS is facing a recruitment crisis, but new nurses are not being attracted to the profession and after the Brexit referendum the number of EU nurses coming here to work - plummeted - a staggering 96 per cent.

In some of the region's healthcare trusts - where more than 1 in every 10 nurses is from the EU - it's warned we could be left short of staff if the doors are closed to nurses from neighbouring countries

Sarah Saunders spoke to Spanish nurse and UNISON rep Joan Pons Laplana; nurse and Royal College of Nursing union rep Ged Swinton; student nurse Hayley Parpworth and Patricia Marquis of the Royal College of Nursing.

Tribunal hears from NHS director who claims he was ousted after speaking out against gay adoption

A tribunal has finished hearing evidence into the claim by a former magistrate that he was sacked from the NHS because of his Christian views.

Richard Page was axed from his role as a non-executive director at a Kent NHS Trust after publicising his views about same-sex adoption and gay marriage.

He is claiming discrimination although the NHS said he lost his job because of the way he conducted himself. The tribunal today reserved judgement on the case.

As Derek Johnson reports.

Derek spoke to Richard Page and Andrea Williams Chief Executive, Christian Legal Centre.

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Protestors march in Brighton in support of NHS funding

Campaigners are angry over the amount of funding given to the NHS Credit: ITV Meridian

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell will be joining local Labour Party activists from across Brighton and Hove today to campaign for the NHS to be properly funded.

Campaigners are angry over the amount of funding given to the NHS Credit: ITV Meridian

Their concerns surround the Royal Sussex County Hospital being in special measures, the patient transport service, Coperfoma rated inadequate, and the A&E service being on Black Alert due to the winter crisis.

Campaigners are angry over the amount of funding given to the NHS Credit: ITV Meridian

The march will begin at the County Hospital in Eastern Road, winding through the town and up Queens Road to Brighton Station to show support for the rail workers already on strike for the safety of our train service.

Campaigners are angry over the amount of funding given to the NHS Credit: ITV Meridian

Pay for your painkillers to help the NHS cut costs

Common painkillers will no longer be given free to some patients in Sussex.

The local NHS in Brighton and Hove says it's vastly more expensive to prescribe Paracetamol and Ibuprofen than it is to buy them over the counter.

A prescription from a GP costs the NHS £45 - that includes consultation time, of course.

But Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be bought for as little as 19 pence from some supermarkets.

Health chiefs want to save half a million pounds a year to spend on other services.

Patients may soon have to pay for other medications too, as Malcolm Shaw now reports.

'Our ambulance have 400,000 miles on the clock' - special measures for scandal-hit Ambulance Trust

Delayed ambulances and not answering 999 calls quick enough - just two of the reasons a scandal-hit ambulance trust has been put into special measures.

A damning report into the South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) - which covers Sussex, Surrey and North-East Hampshire - also found other serious concerns, including:

- Response times not meeting national targets.

- Patients giving up on calls for help, especially on weekends.

- Not enough staff, impacting on performance and fatigue.

- A culture of harassment and bullying of staff.

So what now for the troubled trust?

Andy Dickenson speaks to Ben Williams, Geraint Davies, acting chief executive of Secamb, Alan Thorne of the Care Quality Commission, David Liley of Healthwatch, and Nigel Sweet from Unison.

Petition questioning Patient Transport Service

A petition with twelve thousand signatures has been handed in - calling for improvements to the Patient Transport Service in Sussex.

Coperforma have been running the service since April and there have been complaints about long waits and delays.

Sussex Defend the NHS who organised the online and paper petition said, "This CCG need to stop being complacent about the service and take some real action to ensure its safety and security for patients and the drivers. This chaos has gone on long enough."

Meanwhile the GMB union is organising protests on Tuesday in Eastbourne and Brighton.

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'Sooner or later someone is going to lose their life' Patients slam private ambulance service

Shambolic. That's how patients have described a new private ambulance transport service being used by the NHS across Sussex.

Dozens of patients - including some with cancer - say they've been let down with two hour delays, missed appointments and even operations.

The provider Coperforma only took over the service seven weeks ago but protesters are already calling for their contract to be terminated.

Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Alan Keenes, Coperforma driver, cancer patient Elizabeth Towner, Gary Palmer, from the GMB, and former ambulance driver Malcolm Neeves.

Triplet mother's anguish in fight to care for disabled baby

It's heartbreaking. That's the reaction of the mother of triplets, one of whom has suffered 'catastrophic' brain injuries, after being told she doesn't qualify for extra National Health Service support.

Baby Essie Cobbett is unlikely to live beyond two years and remains in hospital tonight. Her parents are frustrated by bureaucracy and financial constraints they say are stopping the NHS from giving them the help they need.

Healthcare officials insist the nine-week-old child does qualify for care in the home, but Lorna Cobbett says it's not enough. Andy Dickenson reports and we also hear from Keith Reed of the Twins and Multiple Births Association.

Life changing treatment helps 7-year-old Levi walk - but isn't available on the NHS

Levi is undergoing physiotherapy after his operation

The family of a seven-year-old boy from Reading who was told he'd have to spend the majority of his life in a wheelchair are calling for others to be allowed access to the treatment which has changed his life - and diagnosis for ever.

Levi Beckford is one of the thousands of children in the UK who have cerebral palsy. His family fought to raise funding for special surgery to help him walk, and he was lucky enough to be chosen for an NHS trial.

However, the medical trial has finished, and the treatment still isn't available on the NHS. Our reporter Sam Holder has been following Levi's story, and has been back to meet him and his family six months on from his life-changing operation.

The interviewees in the report are: Amanda Ward, Levi's mother; Sue Lower, Levi's NHS physiotherapist and Benedetta Pettorini, Consultant paediatric neurosurgeon at Alder Hey Hospital.

Doctors resign: Public meeting over GP crisis

A public meeting is taking place tonight so patients can hear what is happening to their local GPs surgery in Reading, Berkshire.

Five GPs handed in their notices at the Circuit Lane surgery in Southcote following a recruitment crisis is 2014. All tendered their resignation because they were unable to recruit doctors to replace three retiring partners.

It has been run by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust ever since.

Reading West MP Alok Sharma will chair the meeting giving patients the latest on developments at the surgery. It's taking place at St Matthew's Church at 7pm.

As well as Mr Sharma, the panel will include Dr Rod Smith, clinical lead for Circuit Lane Surgery, Helen Mackenzie, director of nursing and governance at BHFT, Dr Geoff Payne, medical director at NHS England, Shirley Edwards, primary care commissioning for the CCG at NHS England, Dr Barbara Barrie, governing body clinical lead at the CCG.

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