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Royal College of Nursing targets agency spending

The RCN says the rise in agency staff in the South West is compromising quality Credit: PA

The Royal College of Nursing is calling on NHS employers to value its nurses as the amount of money spent on agency staff soars.

Spent on agency NHS staff in 2015 so far
Spent on agency NHS staff in the whole of 2014

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.

– Jeannett Martin, regional director for the South West region, the Royal College of Nursing


Health watchdog calls for urgent improvements at RCH

The inspectors found inadequate staffing at the Emergency Department Credit: ITV News

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.

– Dr Andy Virr, Consultant, Emergency Department

Hundreds test positive for TB at Devon school

10 out of the 200 are undergoing treatment. Credit: ITV West Country

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 Derriford Hospital cancelled after flooding

Derriford Hospital Credit: ITV News

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.


Hundreds turn out in memory of Barnstaple teenager

Balloons in Katie's favourite colour, purple, are being released in her memory Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of friends, family and supporters of a North Devon teenager have met this evening to celebrate her life.

ITV interviewed Katie Gammon when she was 15 Credit: ITV News

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.

Friends leave messages in memory of Katie, who had just turned 17 when she lost her life Credit: ITV News

Our footage from tonight's memorial starts with pictures of Katie on a fundraising walk for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

People come together in memory of Katie Gammon

Katie Gammon died last week after a long battle against cystic fibrosis Credit: Austin Wallas

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.

Transplant patients Kirstie Tancock and Katie Gammon taking part in a fundraising walk Credit: ITV News

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.

Plymouth MP questions use of anti-malarial drug

Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer was a Captain in the British Army Credit: PA

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.

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