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Suffolk News Podcast: Chairperson of West Suffolk Hospital's Trust quits role following damning report on staff hunt to identify whistleblower

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In today's podcast, we have the news the chair of West Suffolk Hospital's NHS trust has quit in the wake of a damning verdict on the conduct of executive directors in their hunt to identify a whistleblower.

Sheila Childerhouse, who will step down in January 2022, said she took 'personal accountability' for the failings identified in the independent review into the debacle at the Bury St Edmunds hospital and her resignation was in the 'best interests of the organisation, staff, patients and community'.

A Bury St Edmunds mother has said she feels like a 'second class citizen' after issues with access to school placements for her SEND child.

Carla Morris, who has epilepsy and chronic fatigue syndrome, has struggled to get her daughter Lucy a place in a special school suitable for her needs as her disability means she cannot drive.

She has blasted the 'illogical' placement system for SEND children, and is calling for further provisions to support special needs children and their families.

And village communities in West Suffolk and East Cambridgeshire have been left outraged after the Planning Inspectorate rubber stamped the 2,800-acre solar farm planning application put forward by Sunnica, allowing it to move to the next phase.

The project, which has been deemed a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, was judged to have fulfilled the necessary criteria for public consultation, despite many opposing views being put forward.

A document submitted jointly by East Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, West Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council described the plan as ‘meeting the bare minimum requirements to fulfill a statutory consultation’.