A five-year-old boy has suffered life-threatening injuries when a suspected learner driver crashed into him in Saffron Walden.
Southend Nurses Offered £50 To Work Extra Shifts
Southend Hospital is offering nurses £50 to work extra shifts as it looks to try to ease pressure on its A&E department.
The hospital has had to put a 'critical alert' in place three times already this year because of high patient numbers.
"During acute periods of pressure, such as when the hospital has been on black escalation status, we have offered trained nurses and HCAs a supplementary payment of £50 per shift worked to incentivise staff to work additional shifts where they are able and to thank them for their commitment and hard work.
"Southend University Hospital matches the national pay scale as part of its local terms; any difference in pay is due to other trusts benefitting from a funded London fringe high cost area supplement.
"In common with trusts across the country, recruitment of trained nurses is challenging due to a national shortage."
A man who set a fire on the ninth floor of a block of flats in Southend, killing a neighbour and her unborn child, has been made subject of a hospital order.
Heart can reveal since so called 'legal highs' were banned last May - Essex Police have made 9 arrests relating to the supply or possession of the drugs.
Prince Harry's visited Epping Forest as part of a conservation project. See the pictures here.
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