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Health chiefs at Derriford say they may not be able to meet growing demands

Health chiefs at the region's biggest hospital have issued a grim warning that they may not be able to meet growing demands from patients as they struggle to make cutbacks.

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital needs to chop £12 million from its budget. But that will still leave it short of £33 million next year.

As John Andrews reports, its not the only one of the region's hospitals feeling the pinch.

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Man believed to have stabbed four-year-old daughter before killing himself

The young girl was taken to Derriford Hospital with serious internal injuries. Credit: ITV News

A man is believed to have stabbed his four-year-old daughter before turning the knife on himself at a home in the remote Cornish hamlet of Whitecross, near Polruan.

He was found dead by police, who were called to the house last night, and the young girl was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with serious internal injuries. Today it emerged that the man had previously tried to kill his family by deliberately crashing his car.

An investigation has been launched but officers say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

It has emerged that the man tried to kill his family before. Credit: ITV News
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Derriford Hospital reveals its deficit is expected to grow

Derriford Hospital has revealed its deficit is expected to grow. Credit: ITV News

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital has revealed its deficit is expected to grow to £33million.

In the last financial year it was just under £5million - but today the Board will hear that a loss of one-off sources of funding and underspends not continuing have contributed to the expected increase.

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