Health workers continue their industrial action today. Yesterday they were on strike for four hours and for the next four days they'll be working to rule. This means not working through their tea breaks. They're in dispute over pay and conditions.
Thousands of health workers have walked out on strike, many for the first time in their lives, in protest at the Government's decision not to give them a recommended 1% pay rise.
Midwives, nurses, paramedics, ambulance staff, hospital porters and cleaners have mounted picket lines across the West Country. They are walking out for a total of four hours from 7am till 11am.
A tribunal will continue to hear evidence today against the Chief Executive of the South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, who's accused of nepotism after employing her daughter's boyfriend as a manager.
Dr Paula Vasco-Knight, CBE, is NHS England's national lead on equality and diversity. The tribunal will hear from another whistleblower today.
An inquest has heard how a 36-year-old woman died in a Cornish hospital after slipping into a coma caused by staff failing to check her blood levels regularly enough.
Claire Harry, who lived near Penzance, died in October 2010 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
Miss Harry, who had been diabetic for 11 years, had been admitted to the hospital two weeks earlier with a chest infection.
Monday's Inquest was told changes in the care of diabetic patients have been made following the death.
It's the survey that David Cameron said will force under-performing hospitals to 'raise their game'.
But tonight, the NHS Friends and Family test is itself under scrutiny, after it was revealed that over 80% of patients in Devon and Cornwall didn't take part in it.
The survey, designed to give people a voice about the treatment they receive at our local hospitals, has been called difficult and confusing. And now its value is being questioned.
Our Health Correspondent Jacquie Bird explains:
The NHS asked patients if they would recommend their local Accident and Emergency Department and hospital (for inpatient care) to friends and family.
The response rate was very low. Nationally, it was 10% for A&E recommendations and 27% for inpatient care recommendations.
The response rate for the Royal Cornwall Hospital was:
- 1.4% for A&E recommendations
- 28.2% for inpatient care recommendations
The response rate in Devon was:
- North Devon Hospital: 2.3% (A&E) and 13.8% (inpatient care)
- Derriford Hospital: 9.8% (A&E) and 12.2% (inpatient care)
- Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital: 1.5% (A&E) and 5.9% (inpatient care)
- South Devon: 3.3% (A&E) and 23.6% (inpatient care)
A small percentage of people in Cornwall and Devon responded to a survey asking them about their experience in hospital.
4.3% of patients treated in A&E departments in the region responded to the NHS England Friends and Family Survey.
It is supposed to give people an idea of the best performing hospital according to the patients.
Of that small number, 77 per cent of inpatients surveyed in Cornwall and Devon said they would be extremely likely to recommend the hospital they were treated at.