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January 2019

The bedding and belongings of a woman who was sleeping rough in Chichester have been destroyed by a fire, police believe was started deliberately. Since the arson, members of the public and readers of the Chichester Observer expressed their sadness and many people have donated dog food, books and a four-person tent. Lauren, whose belongings they were, said she ‘really appreciates’ the generosity of Chichester residents.


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January 2019

The NHS Long Term Plan is drawn up by frontline staff, patients’ groups, and national experts to be ambitious but realistic. As medicine advances, health needs change and society develops, the NHS has to continually move forward so that in 10 years time there is a service fit for the future.

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January 2019

A Welsh health board failed to correctly store the remains of babies, leading to ‘traceability issues’ an inspection report has found. The report by the Human Tissue Authority looked at the mortuary services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant and Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil. These are the same hospitals, run by Cwm Taf health board, where there is an ongoing investigation into maternity services. The investigations include the review of maternity cases including the death and serious injury of babies.

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January 2019

The NHS long term plan for England has been published and it notes that NHS leaders have promised a “step change” in the recruitment of international nurses in order to try and bridge domestic shortfalls. They have also said they are planning to work with the government to ensure nurses and other in-demand employees are provided with certainty, post-Brexit. The plan mentions that professional regulatory bodies, have a “significant role in enabling the recruitment and employment of appropriately trained overseas professionals in the UK”.

Read more about the long term plan | Read the statement from the NMC Interim Chief Executive and Registrar, Sue Killen

January 2019

An investigation by ITV Wales has revealed that warnings a maternity unit was on the brink of collapse were sent to the chief executive of the health board, two years before the current investigations into the deaths and still births of babies.

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