A man has died in hospital following an incident in Harlow last week where he was assaulted.
Southend Hospital Stands Down 'Critical' Alert
Southend Hospital has downgraded its alert status from 'critical' to 'black'.
It had been raised yesterday following pressure on its A&E department, becayse of "continuing high numbers of acutely ill patients requiring beds with the hospital already operating at full capacity".
Chief executive Sue Hardy said: "Thanks to a great deal of hard work yesterday afternoon and evening/overnight, we have been able to step down this morning from this heightened alert status but do remain on black alert.
"The hospital is still incredibly busy and I want to reassure you all that our focus remains of ensuring good patient care."
The hospital has been on 'black' alert status for the last 10 days and this has meant non-urgent elective procedures and some out-patient appointments cancelled to allow the most ill patients to take priority, with around 30 extra beds opened.
A domestic abuse hub has been officially opened in a bid to provide more support to victims across South Essex.
Around 100 firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a packaging warehouse.
Michael Barrymore is entitled to "more than nominal" damages against Essex Police over his wrongful arrest.
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