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A pod of pilot whales spotted off the Essex coast are being herded out to open water in an effort to stop them becoming beached.
Wildlife experts, the British Divers Marine Life Rescue and Essex Police's marine unit are trying to coax the 40-strong group further out to sea so they avoid becoming stranded on mud flats near the shore.
The whales were spotted sheltering near the Blackwater Estuary, a shallow stretch of water dotted with several shoals and mud flats that could prove deadly to the whales if they become trapped at low tide.
Colchester hospital has warned people to stay away from its accident and emergency department, unless they have a serious or life-threatening condition - restrictions which are expected to last for at least a week.
The announcement follows a surprise inspection by health regulators as ITV news reporter Harry Smith reports:
Hospitals in England are facing chaos in A&E departments and being "overwhelmed by pressure", a shadow health minister has claimed.
After Colchester Hospital reported a "major incident" following concerns raised by a surprise inspection, Labour's Jamie Reed said people "deserve to know how ministers will turn this situation around".
"The Government must make a statement on whether the hospital is safe, has enough staff and if it is providing acceptable care," he added.
Minsters have ignored repeated warnings about the chaos in A&E across England and now whole hospitals are being overwhelmed by the pressure.
By making it harder to get a GP appointment, pushing elderly care services to the brink of collapse and wasting £3 billion on a top-down reorganisation, this Government has caused a crisis in A&E.
The NHS Trust running Colchester Hospital says it is investigating whether staff followed policies appropriately after declaring a "major incident" following an inspection.
Dr Lucy Moore, Chief Executive of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust said: “The Care Quality Commission raised a small number of safeguarding concerns when its team gave immediate feedback at the end of the inspection on Wednesday.
“The Trust takes safeguarding extremely seriously and is now investigating to find out whether our policies had been followed appropriately.”
Inspectors at Colchester Hospital found a patient had been given a sedative without any evidence that consent had been sought, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has said.
The health watchdog also found that staff had not followed or reviewed notes of a patient to follow a 'do not resuscitate' notice from a previous admission.
The CQC said the inspection took place after "information of concern" had been brought to its attention.
The hospital has closed its Emergency Assessment Unit after overcrowding and says the public should only visit if they have a "serious or life-threatening condition".
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it will continue to monitor Colchester Hospital after raising concerns over its Accident and Emergency Assessment Unite (EAU).
Professor Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals at the CQC, said: Following the inspection, we gave feedback to the trust about our safeguarding concerns so that it could take appropriate action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its patients.
"We will return to carry out further inspections at the trust and we are working urgently with Monitor to resolve these issues," he added.
The CQC will publish a full report of its findings "in due course".