11/03/2017 South East Today

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Eddie Jones, about to win the Six Nations again


There have been angry scenes in Canterbury today as NHS bosses


clashed with residents over plans to change acute hospital


Campaigners believe part of the urgent care centre


at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital has been earmarked for closure.


Today managers said no decision has been made,


but there had been problems trying to recruit doctors.


In this packed hall it was a chance for residents and campaigners


to question those in charge of the hospital services.


Health care is a basic right, and we're talking it as though


it is some little plan we have to get together.


What are you actually doing about it?


NHS bosses were outlining the plan to provide sustainable,


safe and better quality services across East Kent over


But campaigners say there are more pressing issues,


such as the possibility of the temporary closure


of the urgent care centre in Canterbury because the hospital


is struggling to recruit enough consultants.


If we lose the urgent care centre because of doctors,


and the patients are moved, and although that is temporary,


in nine months' time, if it doesn't come back we'll never


get them back and that will see the end of our hospital.


Things are serious, and quite rightly the trust is monitoring very


carefully the current staffing situation and as they have


set out this morning, they have been talking to staff


East Kent hospital is in the same boat as every other NHS Trust


in the country in trying to make efficiency savings.


Campaigner fear at one of the trust's three


hospitals will close, but bosses disagree and say


the current NHS system is outdated and instead there are better ways


Proposals for a full public consultation could be


A pensioner who repeatedly stabbed a member of staff at a care


home has pleaded guilty to her attempted murder.


Fred Butcher was charged following the


a knife at the care home in Marsham Street in Maidstone.


The 79-year-old was only stopped when a visitor pulled him away


A cyclist has been killed after a crash in Whitstable last night.


Canterbury Road when he was in a collision with a white Vauxhall


van travelling in the opposite direction near Saddleton Road.


The cyclist died at the scene, while the driver, a 21 year-old


local man, has been arrested and is currently in custody.


In football, a win for Gillingham and draws for Crawley and Charlton.


Brighton and Hove Albion's home win against Derby last night


has put them level on points with Championship leaders Newcastle


It was a comfortable 3-0 victory for Brighton last night.


Their eighth home league win in ten games, widening


their lead over third-place Huddersfield and raising hopes of


Unstoppable Anthony Knockaert set the scene, firing


from the edge of the area to push Brighton ahead after only five


A collision between Derby keeper Carson and team-mate Jacob


Butterfield led to the medics being called on in the tenth minute.


Play was underway three minutes later.


Brighton's dominance did not let up and striker Sam Baldock persisted,


tried, tried again and it was the third time lucky, doubling


Brighton's lead just shy of half-time.


Glenn Murray sealed the Albion's win 12 minutes from


full-time, firing in from seven yards off a low


Of Brighton's nine matches remaining,


eight are against sides at the


Now let's have a look at the weather with Kate Kinsella.


It has really quite a pleasant day today and it started off under misty


skies and visibility was an issue on the coast, as you can see,


but come lunchtime the fog lifted and Eastbourne looked more


like this, with blue sky and some sunshine.


Quite hazy but very pleasant and mild, nonetheless.


Tonight, starting off dry but the rain arriving as we head


It is a wet start for many first thing tomorrow,


Mostly fairly light rain, drying out the further west


Under the cloud and rain it will feel cooler,


The rain clears overnight Sunday into Monday and the temperature


drops, so a chilly early start on Monday but we should see


We will be back tomorrow. Enjoy your evening. Goodbye for now.


Good evening. Some of us managed to get some decent weather today, not


everybody but some of us. Lovely picture from a weather watcher in


Northern Ireland, Enniskillen, and in Northern Ireland we have the


warmest day of the year for Northern Ireland, 16 Celsius. The Southeast a


little warmer weather cloud broke up, 18 Celsius, but we have also had


some light rain, and if anything this coming even in the clouds will


thicken up again in some areas, so for a number of