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Yesterday, 12:11

Public sector bodies in north Essex have had more than half a billion pounds cut from their budgets over the past five years.

Yesterday, 16:36
Woolverstone Wish appeal hits the half million mark.  Fundraisers and supporters meet on the site

Work is at last under way on a long-awaited and desperately needed new £3.7million state-of-the-art cancer centre – after a stunning past 12 months of fundraising.

Yesterday, 08:38
Michael Lee in drug rehab

An increasing number of people in Suffolk and North Essex are dying from illegal drug use, an investigation can today reveal.

Tue, 10:00
The 'Stay Well this Winter' campaign at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury. Ch Exec Dr Stephen Dunn using a mobile sink, watched by Rowan Procter (chief nurse) and Anne How (Infection Prevention Team)(right).

Visitors to West Suffolk Hospital are being given practical tips on how to guard against illnesses such as flu and norovirus this winter.

Tue, 08:45
Vikki Versey - Mental Health Watch campaign.

A young mental health campaigner from Suffolk has given a full and frank account of her traumatic experiences to encourage others to seek the help they need.

Mon, 08:34
Alan Burgess looks at a video regarding the blood contamination scandal of the 80's which saw Alan affected with HIV and hepatitis.

An Ipswich father-of-three who was infected with two deadly diseases amid a health scandal which claimed thousands of lives has called on the Government to deliver its election promise of financial compensation.

Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for Community and Social Care. Picture: Department of Health

As we continue our campaign for better mental health services, political editor Annabelle Dickson spoke to mental health minister Alistair Burt.

Mon, 08:00
Lizzie Ford, who died at the age of 18 from an asthma attack, but whose donated organs saved five lives

A teenage girl who died after suffering from severe asthma has left an extraordinary legacy - with her donated organs saving the lives of five people, including that of a boy her own age.

Sunday, November 22, 2015
The site of a helicopter crash on the Fox Glacier on New Zealand's South Island. Photo: New Zealand Police/PA Wire.

The head of radiotherapy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Katharine Walker, has been named as one of the victims of the New Zealand helicopter crash.

Friday, November 20, 2015
Hearing aids are among the items that may be axed

Cash-strapped NHS managers are planning to axe GP physiotherapy services, hearing aids and vasectomies - instead telling patients to go private, a document reveals.

Friday, November 20, 2015
Two people were taken to Colchester General Hospital for further treatment

Residents in Suffolk and Essex are being urged to take steps to help ambulance crews find them during an emergency as long winter nights draw in.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
A walkway connecting building near the Elmstead Unit is being patched up after a woman drove her automatic car into it.

Patients and staff at Colchester General Hospital had to find alternative routes after a car crashed into a corridor this morning.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Colchester General Hospital

Colchester hospital could take two years to become rated as good again, the trust’s new chief executive has warned.

Window on the NHS

Dr Nirmalan (known as Nim) de Silva, who is a GP in Colchester

As some of you may be aware, it is the season for gastroenteritis – commonly known as a stomach bug.

It is flu season again and the danger of catching this highly contagious disease always increases as the winter season progresses.

Changes are proposed to NHS IVF in Essex

We all have to make difficult financial decisions in our daily lives.

Looking at role of carers

Across north east Essex, there are an estimated 33,920 carers, making up around 11% of the population of our district.

Hasan Chowhan

Its very obvious, not least locally, that the NHS is very stretched, says Dr Hasan Chowhan, of the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr Hasan Chowhan

I do hope you, dear reader, have had a healthier Easter holiday than I have so far.

A GP's Diagnosis

John Havard

The NHS is heading full steam ahead for the rocks and, unless a radical change of direction happens, it will all fall apart.

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, has been at the centre of the seven-day working debate.

What is the background?

Jeremy Hunt

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt made a speech a couple of weeks ago in which he said that general practice will be one of the government’s top priorities during this parliament.

Having a dog can be good for your health

Ever since the NHS started there has been a fascination about medical science and how it can be relied on to fix more and more health problems.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving hospital with Princess Charlotte.

It is great to learn that the Duchess of Cambridge has had a healthy daughter.

File photo dated 10/09/14 of a stethoscope in a GP's practice room. The vast majority of GPs (94%) do not want their practices to open seven days a week, a major survey has revealed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday April 9, 2015. David Cameron has said the Tories will guarantee access to a GP seven days a week by 2020 if they win the election, but the British Medical Association (BMA) said it found that while half (51%) of GPs polled said they feel practices should offer some form of extended hours to patients, most are against having to open theirs every day. More than half (56%) reported working out-of-hours services makes them feel that at times their workload is having a detrimental effect on the care they provide. See PA story HEALTH GPs. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

There is a surprising measure of agreement in the healthcare sector about what direction the NHS needs to take.

Community health includes district nurses and community hospitals.

In six months’ time a new provider will have to be chosen to take over the community services contract, responsible for all the services in the community from district nurses to cottage hospitals.

John Havard

The words NHS and crisis seem to be in a long term relationship. Since 1948 the NHS has tackled injustice and poverty while ensuring care was delivered according to need, not ability to pay.

Dr John Havard

Many hands make light work” is a saying that was coined in the 16th Century and remains valid today. If we are to avert the decline of the NHS into a financial black hole, then decisive action is needed and everyone needs to play their part.

How will the election result effect local health services?

The Government is promising seven day access by 2020 while Labour is promising 8,000 new GPs but it does seem neither aspiration has been thought through beyond the ballot box.

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Matt Bunn

Health correspondent

Email | 01473 324738

Matt's job involves monitoring the progress of health care providers in Suffolk and Essex, including Ipswich, Colchester and West Suffolk hospitals, the ambulance service and mental health trusts.

Matt also raises awareness of health campaigns, lesser-known conditions and health success stories.

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