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Watchdog to continue monitoring Colchester Hospital

A sign outside Colchester Hospital. Credit: Charlotte Grant/ITV News

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".

Colchester Hospital declares 'major incident'

Colchester Hospital Credit: PA Wire

Colchester Hospital has declared a "major incident" over concerns raised by a surprise inspection last week.

The hospital has called on members of the public only to visit the hospital's accident and emergency department if they have a "serious or life-threatening condition".

It comes after an inspection by The Care Quality Commission on Wednesday raised "safeguarding concerns".

Peter Wilson, acting chairman of Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, told the Guardian newspaper it was facing "unprecedented demand" on its services.

He confirmed it had declared a major incident, expected to last a week, to review various aspects of service at the hospital.


'Bag of rubbish' causes Southend Airport evacuation

Cordons have been lifted at Southend Airport after police said the suspicious package turned out to be a bag of "rubbish".

Essex Police tweeted:

TOWIE orders 'The Only Way is Fish' to change name

The company behind hit reality TV show The Only Way Is Essex is ordering a local fish and chip shop to change its name 'The Only Way Is Fish'.

Production company Lime Pictures claim the branding on the shop in Ongar, Essex, is an "infringement of our copyright" and have given owner Dave Edwards 14 days to remove his signs and stop using similar logos on his Facebook page.

Production company Lime Pictures claim the branding of the shop is an "infringement of our copyright" Credit: The Only Way Is Fish/Facebook

Dave, who only opened his business in March has accused them of an "infringement of human rights," according to a Masons News Service report.

The father-of-three said: "We are not trying to impersonate TOWIE - it's only a gimmick. If you sell good fish and chips people will come back. I don't think it is the name they have come for."


Family pay tribute as light aircraft crash victim named

The family of one of the two men killed in a light aircraft crash in Essex yesterday have paid tribute to him, saying they love him "more than anything in the world".

Simon Chamberlain, 29, was travelling as a passenger when the Yak 52 plane downed after flying out of North Weald airfield. His family said:

Lizzie, his wife, has lost her best friend and soul mate. His son, Charlie, who will be two years old in August, has lost his father. And his parents, Paul and Steph, have lost a loving son. We love him more than anything in the world.

Our hearts also go out to the other person involved in this tragedy.

Police have said they are not in a position to identify the pilot, but confirmed yesterday that he was also from Essex.

Pilot and passenger confirmed dead at crash scene

The two victims of a light aircraft crash in Essex were confirmed dead at the scene despite the "best efforts of (ambulance) crews" to save them.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said:

The ambulance service was called at 2.55pm today, dispatching an ambulance, three paramedic officers, the hazardous area response team (HART) and Magpas helimedics.

Despite the best efforts of crews the casualties were sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Ambulance resources have now been stood down.

Aircraft crash's pilot and passenger confirmed dead

Two men have been confirmed to have died after their light aircraft crashed into a field in a rural area of Essex.

Essex Police said the Yak 52 aircraft's pilot and passenger, both from Essex, were killed after the plane flew out from North Weald airfield.

A spokeswoman said the aircraft was seen to be in difficulties before crashing into a field off the A414 at around 2.55pm.

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