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Man charged with Stoke Mandeville sex offences

A 78-year-old man has been charged with rape and indecent assault in connection with incidents at several hospitals including Stoke Mandeville in the 1970s and 1980s.

Michael Salmon, from Wood Green in Hampshire, was arrested as part of the Metropolitan Police Service's Operation Yewtree which was set up following the Jimmy Savile allegations.

He was arrested today and later charged with one count of rape and four counts of indecent assault by Thames Valley Police.

The charges relate to incidents involving four victims between 1972 to 1985 at hospitals in the Aylesbury area.

Salmon will appear at Aylesbury Magistrates' Court on December 17.

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'Government has made Medway situation worse' - Councillors' statement

Inside Medway Hospital Credit: NH

Medway Maritime, along with ten other hospitals, has been placed into special measures because of major failings.

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, has not provided a timetable for improvements to areas of the NHS with which his Government has failed to get to grips.

Instead, they have made matters worse, distracting the NHS with an unnecessary top-down reorganisation, which has sucked £3bn out of patient care.

Cllr Tristan Osborne said: "We have seen a botched NHS re-organisation; A&E waiting lists increasing; privatisation of NHS Direct; and a real concern that the merger with Darent Valley will lead to increased deficits.

“I will work with colleagues across all Parties to scrutinise our local NHS and ensure we have effective numbers of staff in A&E.”

Cllr Vince Maple added: “Medway Labour recognises the hard work of doctors, nurses and support staff, but the Keogh Report highlights some of the major flaws in the systems at Medway Maritime Hospital.

“Although I welcome the measures announced in the Keogh Report, I am disturbed by the failures of care in the NHS under David Cameron.

“A&Es are in crisis, with recent figures showing nearly 3,500 patients in the UK have waited in vehicles parked outside hospitals for more than two hours in the year 2012/13.

“With thousands of nurses lost and A&Es in crisis, the sad truth is that failures in care are becoming more likely under this Government, not less.”

VIDEO: 'I thought my husband would be safe in hospital'

The safety of patients is being questioned at two of the South East's hospitals. A Government led report has uncovered a series of failings at Medway NHS Trust and Basildon Hospital. Both are now on "special measures".

The review was carried out following high death rates. At Medway, concerns were also raised about low staffing levels and long waiting times in A&E. Managers have been told to make immediate improvements.

The investigation was announced in February after the scandal at Stafford Hospital where 1,200 patients died unnecessarily.

Tom Savvides has our report. He speaks to widow Carol Turner, Dr Gray Smith-Laing of Medway Maritime Hospital, Sir Bruce Keogh, and widow Sarah Fleming.

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Cameron: NHS 'completely safe' in Coalition hands

David Cameron said the NHS was "completely safe" in the Government's hands after 11 failing hospitals were placed under "special measures" management.

Speaking after Sir Bruce Keogh's damning review of hospitals, the Prime Minister said: "I think everyone can have confidence in the NHS and everyone can have confidence that their local hospital either is a good hospital or is being turned around and being made into a good hospital.

David Cameron said he "loves" the NHS. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

"There is much to celebrate in our NHS and I love our NHS, and I never want to do it any harm, but we don't serve our NHS by covering up problems and difficulties and clearly there are some hospitals with too-high mortality rates."

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