A mum whose baby son died from a type of blood poisoning called Sepsis, says the NHS 111 phone line needs a drastic overhaul.Read the full story ›
The Royal College of Nursing is calling on NHS employers to value its nurses as the amount of money spent on agency staff soars.
The RCN says relying on agency staff to plug the gap is unsustainable.
NHS trusts are trying to plug the vacancy gap, to ensure that patients get the care they need, by relying on agencies to supply temporary staff but this is not a sustainable approach.
Any organisation relying so heavily on temporary staff is risking compromising quality and in the NHS that means risking patient safety.
Managers of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust have been ordered to make urgent improvements to protect the safety of patients.
The Care Quality Commission found staffing levels inadequate at times in its emergency department during an inspection in June.
Surgery was rated good, but inspectors also found wards full with patients waiting for support systems to be arranged.
The hospital says is is already making improvements.
We have to accept the findings. They came at a time when we had particular issues with flow out of the department and they're right, that's not a great mix, having too many patients in the department and not enough staff can potentially raise safety concerns.
That was the key finding that we were reflecting on here in the Emergency Department. We're now moving to have 14 nurses on the day and 11 at night which is a significant change from a few years ago when it was 12 and 9.
Nearly 200 people at a school in South Devon have tested positive for Tuberculosis bacteria.
Pupils and staff at Teign School in Newton Abbot were screened after a teenager contracted the disease. Public Health England say that TB is only active in 10 of the 200, and they are now undergoing treatment.
Operations at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital today have been cancelled after five operating theatres were flooded.
The damage was caused by a leak on the floor above. Contractors have been brought in to carry out Emergency repairs and the hospital is trying to work out which procedures later in the week can go ahead. They say any patients affected will be contacted directly.
Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth Hoe's iconic former lighthouse, will be lit up gold tonight, in honour of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.Read the full story ›
Hundreds of friends, family and supporters of a North Devon teenager have met this evening to celebrate her life.
Katie Gammon had a double lung transplant after suffering from Cystic Fibrosis.
The teenager had raised thousands of pounds for charities that had helped her with sponsored walks following the operation. But recently her body began to reject her new lungs and she died on Sunday.
Our footage from tonight's memorial starts with pictures of Katie on a fundraising walk for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
A gathering is taking place this evening to pay tribute to Barnstaple teenager Katie Gammon. She died on Sunday 23 August, having just turned 17.
People are being asked to meet at the Civic Centre car park in North Walk, Barnstaple at 7pm. A minute's silence will be held at 7.30pm and later balloons will be released in Katie's memory.
You can find out more here.
Katie underwent a double lung transplant in 2013, which meant that she could do much more than before. She campaigned for people to join the transplant register and even took part in the Tarka Walk to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Katie's funeral will be held at Barnstaple Parish Church at noon on 7 September. One of her last wishes was that everyone should wear purple.
More than half a million people in the South West are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, says NHS England.
Worst off are Dorset and Torbay, where over 13% of people are at risk of the disease.
The NHS' figures are based on a rise in high blood sugar levels.
A Plymouth MP is questioning the army's use of an anti-malarial drug which has been found to cause "deep depression", anxiety and sleep deprivation.
Johnny Mercer is meeting with the Armed Forces Minister today to push for a study into the harmful effects of Larium. Currently the Ministry of Defence has a stockpile of more than 11,500 packs.