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Removal of committee powers which helped expose maternity scandal criticized

23 February 2024
Removal of committee powers which helped expose maternity scandal criticized

Removal of committee powers which helped expose maternity scandal criticized

23 February 2024

A government decision which reduces the power of health committees to make urgent changes or improvements to services has faced criticism.


Sale of former children’s home ‘renegotiated’ after break-in

18 February 2024
Sale of former children’s home ‘renegotiated’ after break-in

Sale of former children’s home ‘renegotiated’ after break-in

18 February 2024

A break-in has forced Nottinghamshire County Council to cut the sale price of a former children’s home the authority has been trying to sell.


Demand still growing despite expansion of mental health support in schools

17 February 2024
Demand still growing despite expansion of mental health support in schools

Demand still growing despite expansion of mental health support in schools

17 February 2024

There is more demand for mental health support workers in Nottinghamshire schools despite a huge expansion of the programme since 2019.


New suicide prevention strategy aiming to fill mental health support gaps for children in care

09 February 2024
New suicide prevention strategy aiming to fill mental health support gaps for children in care

New suicide prevention strategy aiming to fill mental health support gaps for children in care

09 February 2024

A new suicide prevention plan is aiming to fill gaps in mental health support for Nottinghamshire children who are in care.


More to be done despite improvements to special educational needs services

06 February 2024
More to be done despite improvements to special educational needs services

More to be done despite improvements to special educational needs services

06 February 2024

A council has said its services for children with special educational needs are improving — but admitted there is still more to be done.


East Midlands Mayor candidates clash on local knowledge and influence at debate

05 February 2024
East Midlands Mayor candidates clash on local knowledge and influence at debate

East Midlands Mayor candidates clash on local knowledge and influence at debate

05 February 2024

An opening debate saw East Midlands Mayor candidates clash on who had the best knowledge and influence to hold the powerful regional position.

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Call for new build homes to be built with energy efficient measures

01 February 2024
Call for new build homes to be built with energy efficient measures

Call for new build homes to be built with energy efficient measures

01 February 2024

Retrofitting homes with energy-saving measures while not including it as standard on new builds has been branded a “step backwards” by a councillor.


Tax increase planned to balance council’s budget

31 January 2024
Tax increase planned to balance council’s budget

Tax increase planned to balance council’s budget

31 January 2024

Nottinghamshire County Council is planning to put up council tax for all county residents as it battles to balance its books.

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Decision on overnight closure of Urgent Treatment Centre to be made by spring

30 January 2024
Decision on overnight closure of Urgent Treatment Centre to be made by spring

Decision on overnight closure of Urgent Treatment Centre to be made by spring

30 January 2024

The NHS has confirmed it will not make a decision on plans to permanently close overnight services at Newark’s Urgent Treatment Centre until spring.

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Disposable vapes ban ‘welcome news’, but more action needed says councillor

30 January 2024
Disposable vapes ban ‘welcome news’, but more action needed says councillor

Disposable vapes ban ‘welcome news’, but more action needed says councillor

30 January 2024

A councillor has said it is “welcome news” disposable vapes will be banned in the UK, but suggested further action is needed.


Outgoing public health director says country will face similar threat to Covid in future

27 January 2024
Outgoing public health director says country will face similar threat to Covid in future

Outgoing public health director says country will face similar threat to Covid in future

27 January 2024

The public health director who led Nottinghamshire through the Covid pandemic believes the country is at risk of a similar threat in the future.

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Council paid out £56k in compensation over potholes — but most claims not successful

25 January 2024
Council paid out £56k in compensation over potholes — but most claims not successful

Council paid out £56k in compensation over potholes — but most claims not successful

25 January 2024

Nottinghamshire County Council paid out more than £56,000 in compensation for damage or injury caused by potholes in 2023.


Council to consider charging council tax premium for empty properties

23 January 2024
Council to consider charging council tax premium for empty properties

Council to consider charging council tax premium for empty properties

23 January 2024

A council is considering charging a premium council tax rate on homes which have been empty for more than a year.

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Police officer accessed records about Nottingham attacks suspect and forwarded ‘distasteful’ message

21 January 2024
Police officer accessed records about Nottingham attacks suspect and forwarded ‘distasteful’ message

Police officer accessed records about Nottingham attacks suspect and forwarded ‘distasteful’ message

21 January 2024

Police officer has been found guilty of gross misconduct after he looked up records relating to the Nottingham attacks suspect.

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Questions over lack of data on NHS 111 performance

19 January 2024
Questions over lack of data on NHS 111 performance

Questions over lack of data on NHS 111 performance

19 January 2024

A lack of information from the NHS 111 phone service means its effectiveness in Nottinghamshire is too hard to measure, councillors have said.


A fifth of county’s youngsters’ teeth decaying

18 January 2024
A fifth of county’s youngsters’ teeth decaying

A fifth of county’s youngsters’ teeth decaying

18 January 2024

A fifth of five-year-olds in the county have experienced tooth decay, a meeting to discuss the county’s healthcare heard.


Over fifty posts unfilled despite maternity staffing improvements

16 January 2024
Over fifty posts unfilled despite maternity staffing improvements

Over fifty posts unfilled despite maternity staffing improvements

16 January 2024

Maternity departments at two hospitals still have a shortage of 56 staff members — but leaders said it is an improvement on 2022 vacancy rates.


Neonatal expansion will create 21 extra spaces for poorly babies

11 January 2024
Neonatal expansion will create 21 extra spaces for poorly babies

Neonatal expansion will create 21 extra spaces for poorly babies

11 January 2024

A major plan to expand a hospital’s neonatal unit will involve more than 100 new staff and bring 21 new spaces for babies that need lifesaving care.


Ambulance service confident in plans to recruit more than 400 new staff

11 January 2024
Ambulance service confident in plans to recruit more than 400 new staff

Ambulance service confident in plans to recruit more than 400 new staff

11 January 2024

The ambulance service said it is ‘confident’ it can deliver a plan to recruit more than 400 new members of frontline ambulance staff by April 2024.


Ambulance service faced ‘real challenge’ in December

10 January 2024
Ambulance service faced ‘real challenge’ in December

Ambulance service faced ‘real challenge’ in December

10 January 2024

December and the beginning of January has been “extremely challenging” for East Midlands Ambulance Service, its director of operations said.


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