20/01/2017 South East Today


20/01/2017

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One of the south-east's biggest hospital trusts has been

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on the highest possible state of alert since Christmas,

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meaning patient safety has been compromised every day

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And there's a warning to patient groups that the Royal Sussex

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Hospital in Brighton is expecting to continue in that

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Our health Correspondent Mark Norman has more.

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Another week, another insight into the pressure the NHS is under.

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This trust has been at the heart of the highest state of alert every

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The impact is being felt by patients.

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I was taken to A and I had to sleep in A

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I was just sitting there and said, any

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There are four levels of alert, Opel 4 is the highest,

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The trust told us its staff were working

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hard to give patients the emergency care they needed and it was making

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improvements to help with the flow of patients.

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However, the impact on patients is concerning some.

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Some who have been in hospital, as soon

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as they are ready to go home, or likely to be asked to go home,

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the support systems in the community,

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whether it is family or friends or a service

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that they pay for, provided by the local council, they are

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At least three other trusts in Kent and Sussex went

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to the highest level of alert last week.

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All our trusts failed to hit the specific target for A

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At Durham Valley, they even took to social media to encourage former

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staff members to come back and cover shifts.

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For our members, they would say they are at the end of their

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Most organisations across the system had been working at high

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While Brighton is not in the worst performing trust, it is under

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pressure and is telling patient groups it doesn't expect to come out

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A Sussex teenager who admitted selling thousands of pounds worth

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of fake festival tickets has been sentenced to 21 months in a young

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Benjamin Hyland-Ward from Saltdean, left hundreds of people disappointed

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after taking ?60,000 for tickets that he failed

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to produce for the Bestival event on the Isle of Wight

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The 19-year-old had pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court.

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Two members of a drugs gang have been jailed following the discovery

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of almost ?8 million worth of cannabis in Sittingbourne.

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57-year-old Thomas Cullen from Liverpool was sentenced

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and 48-year-old Joseph Graham to 6 years.

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Kent Police discovered the drugs when they searched an industrial

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Lewes MP Maria Caulfield says she "dreads" the prospect of returning

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to what Southern Rail calls a "normal timetable".

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A full service is expected to be restored from Tuesday next week

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after the train drivers' union ASLEF suspended industrial action.

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It's being claimed that Kent grammar schools are forcing some

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children to leave halfway through their A-level studies

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because their Year 12 grades were not considered good enough.

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Parents have told us their children have been made to feel

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like failures, separated from their friends, and given just

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weeks to find a new place for their final year at

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There are 32 grammar schools in Kent.

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In the last year, 266 Year 12s, or students in the lower sixth

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form, left by the end of the academic year.

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Invicta Grammar School had the highest number leave,

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Our education correspondent Bryony MacKenzie has more.

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Selective education not just from primary to secondary,

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but in many cases in year 12 as well.

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But for one parent who wanted to remain anonymous,

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their child didn't reach the required grades at AS-level

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They claim the policy at Invicta Grammar left them

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We felt not completing her education with her peers would be detrimental

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She just needed more support, mainly with revision techniques.

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Whether they acted legally or not, their treatment of our daughter,

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and the harshness of pastoral care we received, was shocking.

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There is no legislation that allows them to remove students on the

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grounds of performance halfway through a course.

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Students are asked to sign a home-school agreement at

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the beginning of the sixth form course, but that actually

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Invicta's sixth form learning agreement states:

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If a student is allowed to continue despite serious reservations...

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It's a common policy but not one that works at every school.

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A lot of them make significant improvements between year 12

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and the end of year 13, and I think schools need to have

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faith in their own students and to push them hard

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Invicta Girls' Grammar denies the claims and says students

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are supported and advised about what is best for them.

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Bryony MacKenzie, BBC South East Today, Maidstone.

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And Brighton have gone back to the top of the Championship this

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Anthony Knockaert scored both goals, after 34 minutes and once again five

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The national weather forecast coming up, but first let's get the picture

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in the south-east with Rachel Mackley.

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Lots of sunshine but bitterly cold. Very little changes at the weekend,

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dry and cold overnight. It will be chilly during the day as well

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despite the sunshine. Tonight, clear skies, temperatures plummeting. -1

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minus two Celsius in cities, Google spot a tasty dropping as low as

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minus five Celsius. Bitterly cold as we start the day Saturday. The wind

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now coming up from the south easterly direction, it is still very

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cold. Lots of sunshine and by the afternoon we will see highs of two

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or three Celsius. Wrap up warm and keep the heating on. On Sunday, more

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of the same. Here is the outlook. feel cooler. Can we keep it going

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until the start of the new week? I suspect we can. Unconfirmed about --

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concerned about the fog around. Here is Helen with the national picture.

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Good evening. The weather is upon us. The cloud has made all the

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difference this week in

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