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'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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The Last Word, January 2016

Alex Phillips from Brighton's Green Party, Maria Caulfield the Lewes Tory MP, and Alan Whitehead MP, Lab, from Southampton; debate the crisis in the NHS and the junior doctors' strike; rail passenger anger; and a new national anthem. And music from Norman Baker's band proves there is life after politics.

  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, January 2016

Alex Phillips from Brighton's Green Party, Maria Caulfield the Lewes Tory MP, and Alan Whitehead MP, Lab, from Southampton; debate the crisis in the NHS and the junior doctors' strike; rail passenger anger; and a new national anthem. And music from Norman Baker's band proves there is life after politics.

Families ask: after scathing report, why hasn't Chief Executive resigned?

Why hasn't she resigned yet? That is the question troubling families across our region as the Chief Executive of Southern Health, Katrina Percy, remains in her £185,000 post. She heads the Trust that looks after people with mental health issues and learning difficulties - but more than 1,000 deaths were not investigated properly - 722 of those deaths were unexpected. Chris and Stacey link to our series of reports.

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