Doctors and health care leaders today announced a new development in the options for future hospital services in mid and south Essex.
Essex: Hospices Look Ahead To 2012
With the economic downturn and government cuts it's been a tough year for hospices in Essex.
As part of an exclusive feature on Heart over the Christmas, we've been finding out what their priorities are for 2012.
The St Clare Hospice in Harlow, J's in Chelmsford, St Helena's in Colchester and Havens in Southend all say this year has been both difficult and challenging.
With changes to the way the health service is run on the way there are worries about future funding.
Less spare change in our pockets generally also means there are concerns fund-raising could be tougher next year.
Residents are being urged to give their views on the Chelmsford City Growth Package.
A group of 12 men from Essex have been jailed for more than 40 years for a violent attack on a football fan.
Essex Police are carrying out a crack down on knife crime this week.
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