STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Welcome To Strength in Numbers

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swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliationWe must always take sidesNeutrality helps the oppressornever the victimSilence encourages the tormentornever the tormented.

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A blog for you…..

This is where you can have your stories published about the care you or your loved one have had while in hospital. This is where you can interact with others. This is where you can view helpful links, and news stories.

You can email me directly on joannaslater2@gmail.com if you would like me to publish your story, your campaign, your website. You can also email me any helpful links which I can publish on the blog.  Joanna Slater, Author of The Last Six Months http://www.joannaslater.com

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Dealing With Medical Matters? Choose a FREE eWorkBook That Can Help You Today, By Brad Meyer

Dealing with medical matters can be overwhelming. It’s easy to lose your way – not just intellectually, but emotionally too. Select one of twenty-four eWorkBooks that can help you with the emotional side.

Use the interactive Anonymous eWorkBook Selector Tool by clicking the link here  http://collaboration.co.uk/2015/03/26/dealing-with-medical-matters-the-emotional-side/ to identify what state of mind will help you be most resourceful when dealing with medical matters.

Then select your FREE eWorkBook of your choice so that you can use when you need it.

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NHS foundation trusts report a £349 million deficit taking trusts in England to £822 million in the red

NHS foundation trusts have reported a £349 million deficit taking trusts in England overall to £822 million in the red because of a huge “over-reliance” on contract and agency staff, according to a report.
A report released today by regulator Monitor relating to the 152 trusts with foundation status in England showed their deficit was 35 times more than the £10 million that was planned.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.itv.com/news/2015-05-22/nhs-foundation-trusts-report-a-349-million-deficit-taking-those-in-england-to-822-million-in-the-red/

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End-of-life care letting people down – Health Ombudsman

Thousands of dying patients are being let down by poor end-of-life care provision, the organisation that makes final decisions about NHS complaints in England has said.

The health ombudsman’s report detailed “tragic” cases where people’s suffering could have been avoided or lessened. In one instance, a patient had suffered 14 painful attempts to have a drip reinserted during his final hours. The government said improving end-of-life care was a priority. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has investigated 265 complaints about end-of-life care in the past four years, upholding just over half of them.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32797768

Have you been affected by the issues raised in this story?

You can email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk. If you would be happy to speak further to a BBC journalist, please include a contact telephone number when emailing your details.

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Revealed: High level fears over patient consent abuse. By Shaun Lintern for HSJ

The Care Quality Commission and NHS England have raised concerns that the current system for securing patient consent for treatment is open to abuse. It comes amid allegations that some doctors have retrospectively altered consent forms, HSJ can reveal.

Revealed: High level fears over patient consent abuse.  In a letter seen by HSJ, the two bodies wrote to General Medical Council chief executive Niall Dickson to warn that patients were not always being given copies of their completed consent forms.  The concern is that this leaves scope for rogue clinicians to amend forms after the treatment to hide mistakes or procedures undertaken without informed consent.

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Revealed High level fears over patient consent abuse By Shaun Lintern for HSJ

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Patient views offer ‘important messages’ for nurses on end of life care By Jo Stephenson, Nursing Times

Nurses have a “huge role” to play in helping patients broach the issue of dying and their final wishes, but it is also vital they have the support to do so, a leading palliative care expert has said.

According to the survey of 2,000 adults published this week by the Dying Matters Coalition, most patients regularly thought about death and believed it should be talked about more often, but many admitted they found it uncomfortable to discuss. Claire Henry, chief executive of the coalition and a nurse by background, told Nursing Times that the survey findings contained important messages for healthcare professionals.

“We need to have these conversations when people are well and that’s everyone’s responsibility, but health professionals should be encouraging them,” she said. “Nurses, healthcare assistants and their social care colleagues have a huge role to play, because they often have really good relationships with patients and their families.” She said it was not about asking blunt questions such as “where do you want to die?”, but initiating discussions at the right time.

Please click on the link below to read more

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Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua guilty of murdering patients

A nurse has been convicted of murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others at a Greater Manchester hospital.

Victorino Chua killed Tracey Arden, 44, and Derek Weaver, 83, at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules. These were then unwittingly used by other hospital nurses on Chua’s victims, who were mostly elderly. The father-of-two, 49, who was cleared of a third murder charge, left one patient with a serious brain injury.

Greater Manchester Police say the investigation which led to Victorino Chua’s arrest and conviction was one of the the biggest and most complex it has ever carried out.Officers flew to Chua’s native Philippines, where their investigations cast serious doubt over his medical qualifications.

Click on the link to read

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-32782153

Click on the link to watch video report Stepping Hill: Complex hunt to convict killer nurse

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32784310

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The 14,000 NHS workers on £50k-a-year pensions: Number of fat cats on millionaire deals now more than doubled during funding crisis

Investigation by the Daily Mail reveals extraordinary retirement packages

Taxpayers now face a £700million bill over next two years to cover the cost 

Figures revealed as furious debate rages over NHS’s £30bn funding gap 

The 14,000 NHS workers on £50k-a-year pensions: Number of fat cats on millionaire deals now more than doubled during funding crisis. The extraordinary retirement packages were claimed as hospitals announced huge financial losses and nurses had their pay frozen. Taxpayers now face a £700million bill to cover the cost as a wave of NHS bosses have cashed in their retirement pots to maximise their extraordinary benefits.

Figures released to the Daily Mail under the Freedom of Information Act show that last year 14,055 former NHS staff were receiving at least £50,000 a year from their NHS pensions – compared with 6,965 just four years previously. Incredibly, 144 of these now receive a taxpayer-funded income of more than £100,000 per year, when just 40 received this amount in 2010.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3085636/The-14-000-NHS-workers-50k-year-pensions-Number-fat-cats-millionaire-deals-doubled-funding-crisis.html

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The revelation comes as new figures show the government has to find an extra £700million over the next two years to plug the funding blackhole within the NHS. The money would pay the annual salaries of 27,000 nurses 

 

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NHS slumps to worst performance in decade as 20,000 operations cancelled at last minute

Tens of thousands of patients have had their operations shelved at the last minute as the NHS slumped to its worst performance in a decade, it was revealed today. More than 20,000 operations were cancelled by NHS hospitals in England during the last quarter. Figures released by NHS England show 20,464 operations were cancelled at the last minute for non-clinical reasons from January to the end of March. During the same period in 2013/14, there were 17,868 cancelled operations. It is the highest number since the last quarter of 2004/5, when patients saw 21,500 operations cancelled.

Hospitals are experiencing growing bed shortages, with too many patients being admitted because of a lack of care in the community, and ending up stuck in hospital because there is no help available in their home.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-slumps-worst-performance-decade-5704158

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Doctor who stole hospital patients’ leftover morphine to feed her addiction and injected herself at the end of shifts is spared jail

A doctor who stole morphine from the hospital where she worked to feed her drug habit has escaped jail.

Samianaz Siddiqui began pocketing the narcotic soon after she started work at York District Hospital in September last year. The 36-year-old took morphine left over from that given to patients and injected it at the end of her shift, a court heard. The plastic surgery specialist has now pleaded guilty to theft by an employee of morphine, cyclizine and needles but this week escaped a jail term with a suspended sentence. York Crown Court heard that four months after she started work at the hospital, Siddiqui’s thefts were uncovered by security staff, who saw her in a hospital theatre where she should not have been.

Suspicious staff searched the mother-of-one’s handbag and found several saline vials and five bloody syringes. The police were called and Siddiqui’s York home was also searched, where officers found a suitcase full of needles, bags of used needles, some empty ampules and cyclizine packets. Later examination of some of the items showed evidence of contact with morphine.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3083189/Doctor-stole-morphine-feed-addiction-spared-jail.html

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Mum fights NHS to save Little Harvey

Yet another shocking story on how life-saving drugs are not being offered in the NHS. I also posted on 11th May about Bethany Henry, 9 who is left screaming in agony every night from tumours growing on her liver and needs £30,000 for drugs http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bethany-henry-family-sell-home-5676505  Joanna

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A ‘heartbroken’ mum, who will have to watch her little boy slowly deteriorate because of a rare disease, is fighting for a new life-changing drug to be allowed on the NHS.

Harvey Brown is like any other six-year-old boy – when asked what are his favourite things to do, he replies enthusiastically: “play football and eat all the chocolate cake!” But because he has an ultra-rare degenerative disease called Morquio, which affects just 77 children in the UK, Harvey already has to use a wheelchair most of the time just to get around. The inherited illness is caused by an enzyme deficiency, which means Harvey’s skeleton will not develop properly. His organs will continue to grow but his weak bones won’t and he is likely to develop heart disease and breathing difficulties, while losing his vision and hearing. There is no cure for Morquio, and, untreated, patients rarely live beyond their twenties.

A drug which could help Harvey live a longer, happier life is not being offered on the NHS yet, so Vikki and little Harvey took their fight right to the Government’s doorstep in a protest outside Whitehall recently, to demand the “life-changing” drug be made available before it’s too late.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.southwarknews.co.uk/news/mum-fights-nhs-to-save-little-harvey/

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Harvey’s ultra-rare condition will only get worse as he gets older

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‘Underlying problem with death certification’ – Should 10,000 more deaths be examined every year?

Dr. Suzy Lishman, president of the Royal College of Pathologists, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about problems in death

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Hunt reveals priorities for his NHS ‘mission’ By Will Hazell, Dave West. LGC

Prime minister David Cameron confirmed Mr Hunt would stay in his role, which he has held since autumn 2012, as he reshuffled his Cabinet in the Conservative Party’s new majority government. Responding to the news that he had been reappointed as health secretary, Mr Hunt said he was “humbled…not least because of the enormous responsibility for hundreds of thousands of doctors, nurses and other NHS staff who are working incredibly hard right now and under enormous pressure”.

Mr Hunt said the NHS had “started a journey” to make the NHS the “safest, most caring and highest quality healthcare system in the world” but added “there is still further to go”.  “My biggest priority now is to transform care outside hospitals – just as we have dramatically improved the quality of care inside hospitals in the last few years.”  He said to ensure older and vulnerable people were treated with “the highest standards of care” there needed to be a “step change” in services delivered by GP surgeries, community care and social care.

“That is my mission, and I know it is the mission of the whole NHS too,” he added.

Click on the link to read more  Hunt reveals priorities for his NHS

 

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Private healthcare companies accused of using tax relief to undercut the NHS

Private healthcare companies have been accused of getting unfair tax relief when competing with the NHS to provide treatments such as chemotherapy for patients at home. NHS Trusts are increasingly trying to treat patients in their own homes, rather than making them travel to hospitals. The service is often provided by private companies working under contract to the NHS, rather than directly by NHS nurses and carers. The government argues that private firms may be able to do this cheaper than the NHS. But it has now emerged that the competition appears skewed because, while private firms can recover the 20 per cent VAT they incur on purchasing drugs, the NHS cannot. That means the private provider’s service can appear many thousands of pounds cheaper than NHS provision when bidding for contracts.

The accusations will give fresh fuel to critics who claim there is an inherent bias in government policy towards favouring privatisation of large swathes of the health service. The difference VAT makes can be substantial, as a document on Bupa’s website entitled “Economic Attractiveness: home chemotherapy” illustrates. This shows Bupa saves £244 for each infusion of Herceptin due to its “nil” VAT status. As the Bupa document says, after other overheads, “for a cohort of 50 patients an annual saving of £187,000 can be made”.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/private-healthcare-companies-accused-of-using-tax-relief-to-undercut-the-nhs-10251549.html

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4 WEEKS OF HELL: Royal Blackburn Hospital doctors diagnose woman with cancer – only to find it was inflamed appendix moments before surgery

A GRANDMOTHER said ‘goodbye’ to her family after being told she needed a cancer operation – only for doctors at Royal Blackburn Hospital to discover she had been misdiagnosed moments before surgery.

Sandra Lord was left heartbroken last month when a pain in her stomach was diagnosed as bowel cancer following a scan at the hospital on April 16. The 69-year-old was due to have part of her bowel removed when she went under the knife at the hospital on Tuesday. But when the surgery team performed a colonoscopy before the operation they discovered that what they thought was a lump on the bowel was actually caused by an inflamed appendix rubbing against the bowel. Having been told she was due to stay in for seven to 10 days, Mrs Lord, from Waterfoot, woke up from the operation just two hours after she was given an epidural and was told it had all been a big mistake.

She said: “It’s obviously a relief that I haven’t got cancer but I shouldn’t have had to go through that. It’s been a living hell for a month.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/12948789.4_WEEKS_OF_HELL__Blackburn_doctors_diagnose_woman_with_cancer___only_to_find_it_was_inflamed_appendix_moments_before_surgery/

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£10m payout to Harrogate boy left disabled at birth

A young boy from Harrogate has been awarded almost £10m in a payout from the NHS after medical errors at his birth left him severely disabled.

Medical staff failed to spot that Kit vanBerckel, who was born 10 days overdue, was suffering distress before his birth in 2008.  Medical staff failed to spot that Kit van Berckel, who was born 10 days overdue, was suffering distress before his birth in 2008. The High Court heard that staff had failed to correctly interpret and act on a pathological CTG pre-birth heart scan. As a result of this Kit, who is now six years old, was born at Harrogate District Hospital, without a heartbeat and needed resuscitating. Soon after his birth he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which means he can’t sit without help, can’t move on his own, is unable to feed himself and can’t speak.

The £9.872 million payment awarded to the family will provide lifelong care and rehabilitation for Kit. The youngster, who is a pupil at Richard Taylor School in Harrogate, needs to use eye gaze technology and other hi-tech systems to communicate with his classmates.

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http://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/news/health/local-health/10m-payout-to-harrogate-boy-left-disabled-at-birth-1-7258846

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Kit van Berckel was left severely disabled after medical errors at his birth. 

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NHS tests and drugs ‘do more harm than good’ Senior doctors say

Senior doctors have warned that patients are given drugs and tests they may not need because GPs and hospitals are paid for the quantity of treatment

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said patients should be encouraged to ask if their medical procedures were really necessary, in a bid to halt over-diagnosis and needless treatment of swathes of the population. In an unprecedented intervention,the medics – who represent all 21 medical royal colleges in the UK  – said too many patients were being forced to endure tests and treatments which could do more harm than good. They said the payments system in the NHS, which means hospitals are paid according to the number of procedures they perform, and GP pay linked to diagnosis and treatment, could act against patients’ interests. The senior doctors said it was time to “wind back the harms of too much medicine” and replace a culture of “more is better” with balanced decision making.

Patients should be encouraged to ask questions such as, ‘Do I really need this test or procedure? What are the risks? Are there simpler safer options? What happens if I do nothing,’ the doctors say.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11601032/NHS-tests-and-drugs-do-more-harm-than-good.html

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Shhh, the secret is almost out. We are nearly there

Hello dear friends, just to let you know that the project I’m working on to help patients in organising their health issues and concerns will be shown within the next month. It’s been a very exciting time and I will be sharing it with you all very soon.  Joanna

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Nurses criticised at GP practices placed into ‘special measures’ By Nicola Merrifield, Nursing Times

A group of GP practices have been placed into special measures after inspectors raised concerns, including a lack of staff learning following safety incidents, failure by nurses to understand mental capacity legislation and outdated training on vaccinations.

As part of its inspections of general practice, the Care Quality Commission released reports on a further 61 GP services in England last week. The reports reveal that four – Constable Country Rural Medical Practice in Ipswich, New Inn Surgery in Guildford, Dr Alan Samuel Muir Grasse in north London and Polkyth Surgery in Cornwall – have been rated as “inadequate” and put into special measures, which means they must improve or risk losing their registration.

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Nurses criticised at GP practices placed into ‘special measures’

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Speak up on Essex elder abuse

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If you’re worried about whether an elderly person close to you may be suffering from the effects of being abused and you live in Essex, we have some important news for you: We’ve launched a new anonymous reporting phone line in Essex to crack down on elder abuse: 0800 032 7644.

We’ve joined forces with Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston and the Safeguarding Adults Boards of Essex, Thurrock and Southend to trial the first ever anonymous reporting line for elder abuse.

The free 24/7 reporting line is specifically dedicated to the people of Essex, and aims to encourage members of the public to report any incident of suspected abuse of elderly people, whether it’s in a care home, hospital or the individual’s own home.

We’ve also launched a dedicated anonymous online form to help us fight elder abuse, and you can donate now to support us in our fight against this crime against older people.

Click on the Speak up on Essex elder abuse website

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/in-your-area/eastern/essex/speak-up-on-essex-elder-abuse/

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The NHS: What we weren’t told during the election

The NHS was one of the major topics of the election campaign. Politicians were falling over themselves to talk about it and promise more.

More money, more nurses and more doctors. And if that wasn’t enough, the Conservatives were pledging more opening: they plan to ensure the NHS becomes a seven-day service. But despite all this talk, there was also a lot that wasn’t mentioned too. The state of social care was perhaps one of the most obvious issues. Councils and those working with elderly people have long been arguing that the cuts to local government have meant that essential services, like help in the home, that keep people living independently, are being squeezed.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32690757

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East Surrey Hospital nurse struck off for ‘bullying’ a bipolar patient

A NURSE has been struck off for “bullying” a “vulnerable” bipolar patient at East Surrey Hospital.

Mary Majella Kenny, who was a nurse on the acute medical unit at the Redhill hospital, has been removed from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register after being found guilty of common assault by beating. The decision was taken by the NMC’s Conduct and Competence Committee during a two-day hearing, split between days in January and March this year. According to a report of the hearing, Claire Paget, who represented the council at the first hearing, told the panel that on January 3, 2013, a patient, known as Patient X, was taken to use a commode by members of staff when she started to shout and flail her arms around. During the incident, a health care assistant was struck on the arm.

 Ms Paget then informed the panel that Ms Kenny arrived and “took over”. Ms Paget said two other nurses had described how Ms Kenny grabbed the patient by the upper arms and forced her to sit down on the commode. The report stated: “She [Ms Kenny] was described as shouting aggressively and saying words to the effect of, ‘If you hit me I will hit you back twice as hard’.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.surreymirror.co.uk/East-Surrey-Hospital-nurse-struck-bullying/story-26449553-detail/story.html

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Bethany Henry: Family sell home after NHS bosses refuse to pay for medication to help ‘too rare’ sick daughter

Bethany Henry, 9,  is left screaming in agony every night from tumours growing on her liver and needs £30,000 for drugs
A family has been forced to sell their home to pay for treatment to help their daughter fight an aggressive tumour that leaves her screaming in agony every night.

Luke and Stephanie Henry revealed how they have taken the drastic step because medication that would help nine-year-old daughter Bethany is not currently funded by the NHS. The youngster suffers from a condition called tuberous sclerosis which causes tumours on her brain, kidneys and liver and leaves her suffering up to 50 epileptic fits a day. A drug, called everolimus, is licensed to reduce the tumours and stop more from growing but Bethany’s doctor is unable to give it to her as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) will not fund it because her condition is considered too rare.

In a cruel twist, the family is also unable to bid for “exceptional funding” for the drug because the condition is not rare enough as there are more than 30 patients in urgent need of it.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bethany-henry-family-sell-home-5676505

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Exclusive: New government must put election pledges aside and tackle GP crisis, warns GPC

The newly elected UK government must put ‘unrealistic’ election pledges on GP access aside and invest rapidly to support a profession on the verge of collapse, the GPC warned as Conservative leader David Cameron looked set to return to Downing Street for a second term.

With the Conservative government on track to win a shock majority after the 2015 general election, GPC chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul warned that now was the time to ‘get real about the crisis facing general practice’. ‘We have an immediate crisis to address,’ he told GPonline, ‘and we need to put behind us the unrealistic populist election pledges, to address the issues and what is undeniably a crisis of workforce and workload.’ His comments come after the RCGP warned that the political parties’ election pledges on GP recruitment could take up to 30 years to deliver.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.gponline.com/exclusive-new-government-put-election-pledges-aside-tackle-gp-crisis-warns-gpc/article/1346379

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Dr Chaand Nagpaul: government must tackle GP crisis (Photo: Pete Hill)

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Family haunted by memory of mum being left to die on hospital trolley

THE family of cancer victim Lily Smith say they will never forgive the NHS after she spent 12 hours of the last day of her life on a hospital trolley.

The 83-year-old great grandmother’s final wish was to be allowed to die in peace at her Newstead home after she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer last December. But an ambulance was called when she suddenly took a turn for the worse after contracting pneumonia. Lily then spent nine hours in a corridor at the Royal Stoke University Hospital’s A&E before spending a further three hours on a trolley at the Medical Assessment Unit.

She passed away just three hours after finally being placed on the Clinical Decision Unit on March 25. Now her devastated relatives have questioned why more was not done to make their dying mother’s last hours more comfortable. One of her four surviving children, Ian Smith, said he will always regret dialling 999 when his mother started to have difficulties breathing.

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http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/Family-haunted-memory-mum-left-die-hospital/story-26459356-detail/story.html

Family collect of Lily Smith who died at The Royal Stoke Hospital

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NHS ‘like sick patient in early-stage terminal decline’, former boss says

The NHS is like a very sick patient who is in “early-stage terminal decline” because lack of money has left it unable to cope with the growing demand for care, the service’s former boss and leading doctors have warned.

Sir David Nicholson, who ran the NHS in England until last year, is among the signatories of a *letter to the Guardian that says the health service needs higher levels of investment than any of the three main political parties have pledged in the run-up to the election. Their dramatic intervention comes just hours before the end of an election campaign in which the future of the NHS, in particular how much money it should get to help it close the forecast £30bn gap in its finances, has been one of the key issues.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/06/nhs-like-sick-patient-in-early-stage-terminal-decline-former-boss-says

*Click on the link to read the letter to the Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/06/our-nhs-early-stage-terminal-decline

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Cardiff University scientists in cancer breakthrough

Scientists working on stem cell research at Cardiff University believe they have made a potential breakthrough in combating cancer.

Researchers have identified a compound which targets aggressive tumour cells found in breast, pancreas, colon and prostate cancers. The discovery has now been licensed to biotech investors Tiziana Life Sciences. It is hoped the compound can eventually be developed for clinical trials. The research was conducted by Cardiff University’s European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute (ECSCRI) and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Scientists revealed details of the compound – called OH14 – on Thursday morning when the deal with Tiziana was made public on the London Stock Exchange. Tiziana already has an established relationship working with Cardiff University. Italian investor Gabriele Cerrone named the company after his partner who died three years ago from breast cancer. News report from BBC News

Click here to read the Cardiff University Press Release in more detail

http://www.newswise.com/articles/new-anti-cancer-stem-cell-compound-in-development

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Robbie Powell died 25 years ago aged 10. Difficult to believe that this 4 part ‘Wales This Week’ documentary was aired 11 years ago and yet the NHS cover up continues 25 years after Robbie’s needles death

There was sufficient evidence to prosecute the killer/dishonest GPs in 2003 but Crown Prosecution Service said NO! The three reasons below were given for not prosecuting the GPs and their secretary:

1. Passage of time! [Not relevant in cases of child sex abuse and other crimes]

2. Police/CPS FAILURES! [More like Police/CPS corruption to protect the establishment employed police doctors]

3. Police IMMUNITY! [The Police does not have the gift of immunity and even if they had it is only given when the perpetrators assist in the prosecution of others and not as a favour for police employed doctors]

When will the 25 year cover up of Robbie’s death be investigated and the perpetrators of these heinous crimes IMPRISONED?

Will the Director of Public Prosecutions do the right thing this time? Will Powell

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Click on the link below to watch the 3 other parts of  “Wales This Week” documentary  http://strength-in-numbers.co.uk/r/

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What are the parties promising on health and social care?

As we approach the 2015 general election, the NHS is one of the most important issues facing Britain. The Kings Fund link below looks at some of the biggest questions in health and social care and sets out the policies and pledges made by the main parties in England.

  • Will the NHS get the money it needs?
  • Will it be easier to get a GP appointment?
  • Will health and social care become more joined up?
  • How will mental health care be improved?
  • Will the NHS face more reorganisation?
  • What are the parties going to do about public health?

In compiling the website The Kings Fund have taken information from the parties’ manifestos and drawn on recent policy announcements, as captured on the Election tracker.

Please click on the link 

http://election.kingsfund.org.uk/pledges/

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Eloise Parry: Interpol issues ‘killer toxic diet pills’ global warning after British woman’s death

A global warning about the dangers of ‘diet pills’ that claimed the life of a tragic British woman has been issued by Interpol.

The international police agency put out the alert to forces in 190 countries after the death of 21-year-old Shrewsbury woman Eloise Parry. The agency has raised the alarm over the toxic pesticide dinitrophenol which is also thought to have left a Frenchman critically ill. Miss Parry, 21, of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital last month after taking tablets she bought online. Police believe they included a quantity of the substance, known as DNP.

A study last year warned the drug, sometimes used as a weight-loss or bodybuilding aid, could be linked to five more deaths in the UK between 2007 and 2013 and could cause breathing difficulties, fast heart rates, fever, nausea and vomiting.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/eloise-parry-interpol-issues-killer-5637644

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Eloise Parry

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Women in the UK ‘more than twice as likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth as many European countries

Women in the UK are more than twice as likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth as those in Poland, Austria or Belarus, according to research.

Britain failed to rank in the top 20 places to be a mother for the third consecutive year, coming 24th globally. Experts said the poor rating was partially due to higher infant and mother mortality rates than in other parts of Europe. The UK was ranked 30th out of 179 countries on maternal health, with women facing a one in 6,900 lifetime risk of maternal death. This was far greater than Poland (19,800), Austria (19,200) and Belarus (45,200) as well as many other Eastern European countries. In the US, there is a one in 1,800 lifetime risk of maternal death – the worst performance of any developed country in the world.

High risk pregnancies in the UK are thought to be linked to obesity, IVF, social deprivation, multiple pregnancies as well as increased maternal age and poorer access to health care, especially in some ethnic minority communities and among asylum seekers.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11581302/Women-in-the-UK-more-than-twice-as-likely-to-die-in-pregnancy-and-childbirth-as-many-European-countries.html

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EXCLUSIVE: £1m-an-hour NHS diabetes bill skyrockets as four million Britons affected

THE diabetes crisis gripping Britain is now so severe that it is costing the NHS £10billion a year.

“Truly alarming” figures released today show that one in six people in a hospital bed has the condition. Experts say millions of Britons are not getting the help they need to manage the illness which is eating up a tenth of the NHS budget and causing complications including blindness, amputations and strokes which are blamed for 20,000 premature deaths a year. Public health chiefs say the failure to tackle the epidemic has left the NHS facing bankruptcy. The figures, showing the condition costs the NHS more than £1million an hour, were released by Diabetes UK, along with a call for action from politicians days before the election.

The charity’s chief executive Barbara Young said: “None of the political parties have made enough of a commitment to improving the often poor quality of diabetes healthcare, which is really disappointing given one in 17 people in the UK has it. “One in every six hospital beds is occupied by someone with diabetes and the fact the NHS spends 10 per cent of its budget on diabetes means it is an issue that affects everyone.
“We need urgent action – this should be a top priority for whoever forms the next Government as if left unchecked diabetes poses a real threat to the future sustainability of our health service”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/574749/Diabetes-bill-rockets-to-10-billion-a-year-four-million-Britons-suffer

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Living to 100: not all it’s cracked up to be, especially if we don’t rethink our approach to old age

It’s never easy broaching the subject of our own mortality, but I certainly wouldn’t want to live for a century, says Judith Woods

Hands up who wants to live to 100? Me neither. Don’t get me wrong, I fully intend to live forever, but a century just sounds such an effort.

In recent days we’ve been told by Austrian researchers that old age doesn’t officially begin until 74. We’ve also learned the “secret” to becoming a centenarian: no smoking, low cholesterol levels and coffee in moderation. And UK-based anti-ageing specialist Dr Alex Zhavoronkov has revealed his infallible plan to live to 150 by taking 100 drugs and supplements a day and avoiding stress. How great is that?

Not great at all, I’d say. The fact he views as “stress” the things most of us regard as the best bits of life – marriage, children, buying lovely shiny consumer durables – brings to mind the hoary old saw that he might not live a century and a half but time will drag so slowly it will certainly feel like it.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11576382/Living-to-100-not-all-its-cracked-up-to-be-especially-if-we-dont-rethink-our-approach-to-old-age.html

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AFTER BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS” Please vote for Jo

Jo is a courageous woman who is in remission from breast cancer and in her own plight she helps so many with her fundraising and brilliant informative website AFTER BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS” 

Jo’s website provides information on Breast Cancer Reconstructions for making informed decisions, finding surgeons and consultants to perform specific reconstruction surgery. Finding specific cancer networks and hospitals. Providing diet and exercise tips and health website information. Providing you with news and information from the UK and around the world. Providing a source of photographs of true reconstructions from patients themselves as well as a forum where patients can meet other patients. Also features information on surgical procedures, new research developments, as well as documenting her own illness and treatment. http://www.abcdiagnosis.co.uk/

To help expand Jo’s website in helping to support other Breast Cancer sufferers,  please vote for Jo Taylor on the link below

http://www.virginmediabusiness.co.uk/pitch-to-rich/start-up/after-breast-cancer-diagnosis/

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Health staff told ‘don’t speak to press’ after regional daily exposé

Health bosses have warned potential whistleblowers not to speak to the local press after a regional daily revealed hundreds of patients’ lives were being put at risk by staff shortages.

The Sentinel, Stoke, reported last month that there had been more than 400 “alarming incidents” raised by district nurses to Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust in the past two years. The failings, listed in a confidential dossier which was leaked to the paper, included cases of overworked staff bursting into tears at the end of their shifts, speeding to get to their next job and cutting their visits short. The register, which was passed on by an anonymous source, also added patients were at risk of developing deadly pressure sores because the nurses were too busy to complete their rounds.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2015/news/health-staff-warned-not-to-leak-to-daily-after-damning-dossier-splash/?

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Have you been treated on the NHS? Was your experience good or bad? The Mirror is working on a big feature about the NHS, to be published this weekend and they want to hear from you

Our public health system costs more than £100billion ayear, and is one of the world’s largest employers. Around 1.5million of us are affected by it every day, but recent years have seen huge changes in one of our proudest institutions.

We’re working on a big feature about the NHS, to be published this weekend, and need to find out what YOU think.

Have you been treated on the NHS or worked for the health service in the past five years? Was your experience good or bad? We want to know what you think is wrong with it, what is right with it, and what could be improved.

No complaint or praise is too small – email yourmirror@mirror.co.uk  or tweet us at @YourMirror

Or Let us know through the form on the link below

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/you-been-treated-nhs-your-5603585

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Barbara, the whole story. Created by nurses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to raise awareness of dementia among staff

Please take 30 minutes to watch this wonderful video. Very sad and very emotional what can happen to us all, Joanna

Created by nurses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to raise awareness of dementia among staff, Barbara’s Story is a series of 6 films which has changed attitudes to dementia in hospitals across the world.

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Frank Foster – Campaign for dignity in death – Please sign petition

Frank Fowler 1920 – 2014. Frank was diagnosed with brain cancer and was deaf and blind and was receiving treatment at Pembury, Tunbridge Wells. In his final days Frank suffered unbearable pain but was left to suffer throughout his painful last moments. His was not a dignified death and one that no ones loved ones should have to endure. Please support the campaign to have Dignity in Death debated in the Houses of Parliament.

Sign the petition and please share this video. Joanne Fowler is the daughter of Frank and is campaigning for Dignity in Death to be heard in Parliament.

The petition can be signed at http://fb.me/6uo9GARXZ

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An open plea to NHS England from a mother who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

THIS IS AN OPEN PLEA TO THE NHS

There was one option that could save me, a second bone marrow transplant. The team had had a lengthy discussion about it, and they were unanimous, I should have it. But, it wasn’t up to them. It was up to NHS England.

On your web site you describe yourself  as “transparent about the decisions we make, the way we operate and the impact we have.”

I have no idea of how you are forming your decision. I have no point of contact at NHS England. My doctors send emails and leave messages. As far as I’m aware, no one calls them back – and you certainly don’t phone me.

But, four or five times a day my phone does ring and it says, “Caller Unknown”. Every time I get that call, I think it is the call. My heart rips open in my chest and sometimes I sob simply at its ring.

Each day that passes is one that reminds me of all I will lose if the answer is no. I used to be a teacher. How desperately I would like to be one again. I’m a mother. I can’t even bear here to describe the sense of loss I feel every day when I look at my children and wonder where we will all be a year from now.

Call me. Please. I can’t take it.

Please click on the link to read Stacie Lewis’s Open letter to the NHS England and share

http://www.mamalewis.com/2015/04/28/an-open-plea-to-nhs-england/

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My daughter visiting me in the hospital during my first round of chemotherapy.

 

 

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First cervical cancer drug for 10 years: Trial shows Avastin gives women around four months of extra life

Women with advanced cervical cancer – the most common cancer afflicting young women – are to get the first officially approved new treatment for a decade. Trials show Avastin, which is used in several other cancers, gives women around four months’ extra life. The drug plus chemotherapy has now been licensed by European regulators. Patients will have access via the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) until it is considered for routine NHS use. It has been available in England via the CDF since last March pending licensing.

Each year an estimated 600 women with advanced cervical cancer could benefit from Avastin, costing £3,370 for a month’s treatment. The drug’s use was accelerated by the US Food and Drug Administration which approved Avastin plus chemotherapy for advanced cervical cancer in August 2014.Nearly 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK each year, and it kills around 1,000 women.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3058372/First-cervical-cancer-drug-10-years-Trial-shows-Avastin-gives-women-four-months-extra-life.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Wolverhampton hospital bosses launch investigation after woman given wrong breast cancer diagnosis

Hospital bosses have launched an investigation after a woman was told she had breast cancer and underwent surgery – only to be informed days later she never had the disease.

Officials were forced to issue the patient with an ‘unreserved’ apology over the mix-up. Elizabeth Dawes, a breast cancer nurse from Stafford, was told by staff at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton that she had grade 3 invasive breast cancer and needed surgery and chemotherapy. She underwent extensive surgery as a result of the diagnosis, but four days later the 39-year-old mother-of-one was told her medical notes had been mixed up with those of two other patients.

Ms Dawes called the mix-up ‘appalling’ and is taking legal action. She is still taking painkillers almost two years after the surgery and was so traumatised by it she gave up her job at New Cross. Bosses at the hospital have met with Ms Dawes to offer an ‘unreserved apology’.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/04/28/hospital-bosses-launch-investigation-after-stafford-woman-given-wrong-breast-cancer-diagnosis/?

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Elizabeth Dawes

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Diabetics’ amputation risks increased as NHS foot checks missed

More than 400,000 diabetics are at risk of having an amputation because they do not get what are meant to be annual NHS checks on their feet, campaigners are warning.

One in seven people with type 2 diabetes and almost three in 10 sufferers with type 1 are not receiving the recommended annual test of the health of their feet, claims Diabetes UK. An “unacceptable” number of diabetics are missing out on the checks, despite the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (Nice) advice to the NHS that everyone with the condition should be tested each year, the charity says.

Click on the link to read

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/27/diabetics-amputation-risks-nhs-foot-checks-missed-diabetes-uk

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UK’s newest hospital set to open later in Glasgow

The South Glasgow University Hospital is one of the biggest critical care complexes in Europe.

It has been nicknamed the “Death Star” by locals because of its imposing 14-storey star-shaped design, topped by a landing pad for aircraft. The hospital cost £842m but the medical equipment inside has brought the final total closer to £1bn. The project was funded by the Scottish government.

The hospital features interactive displays for children developed in collaboration with the city’s science museum, along with a cinema and roof garden in the children’s wing. Patients enter the main hospital through a dramatic atrium which stretches up the entire height of the building. There are self-service check-in machines, and nearly all of the 1,100 beds have their own room, with an en-suite bathroom and views out over the city. A fleet of robots deliver linen and other goods via a network of underground tunnels. The hospital replaces four ageing hospitals across Glasgow, some of which date back to Victorian times.

Click on the link to read

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-32450836

 

 

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The illness so rare it has no name. Eight-year-old Dominic Blower is one of 6,000 children born every year with an undiagnosed genetic condition, classified as SWAN

Dominic Blower has inquisitive brown eyes, an unruly mop of dark curls and a mega-watt smile. Watching him as he scolds his puppy for chasing the family’s chickens around their St Albans garden, it is heartbreaking to hear that by the age of five he had already spent more than half of his short life in hospital.

He had endured several major operations. Muscle biopsies had left long snaking scars on his legs. Severe bouts of pneumonia had left his lungs as fragile as tissue paper. During one episode, he developed acute respiratory distress syndrome – which stiffens the lungs, preventing them from working. He spent three days on a ventilator, and his mother, Renata, was told to prepare for the worst. ‘‘I had to call in my other children – Elliot, then six, and Lilia, four – so they could say goodbye,’’ says Renata, 39, a former NHS liaison officer. ‘‘How on earth do you explain that to a small child?’’  Her partner Roger Clifton, a company secretary, 50, recalls her ‘‘screaming’’ when she was told Dominic’s chances of surviving were very slim. What is the affliction that has blighted eight-year-old Dominic’s life and the lives of his parents and siblings? We simply don’t know.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11563193/The-illness-so-rare-it-has-no-name.html

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Renata Blower with her three children – Eliot, 12, Dominic 8 and Lilia 10 . Dominic has SWAN – an undiagnosed children’s syndrome. For more information, visit SWAN UK

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The moment Miliband met his match in an ordinary member of the public whose mother suffered agonising hospital death under LABOUR

A woman whose mother died in a hospital under Labour has told Ed Miliband that she find it ‘physically repulsive’ when he claims to lead the party of the NHS.

During a live radio phone-in, the woman challenged the Labour leader over the ‘totally avoidable’ and ‘horrific’ death. The woman, who was identified as Claire from Manchester, said that there was a ‘total denial’ from the party about what went wrong in her mother’s case. She said that her local Labour candidate had put the phone down on her when she rang him to speak about the treatment her mother received. The exchange is one of the first unscripted moments of the election campaign, which has been tightly-controlled and stage-managed with the party leaders meeting very few regular voters. As the Labour leader took part in a half-hour phone in on LBC radio, he was tackled by the woman on the party’s record on the NHS while in power.

She asked him: ‘My mother died in an NHS hospital under Labour’s watch, how can Labour claim to be a party of the NHS?’ Mr Miliband responded: ‘First of all Claire I’m incredibly sorry to hear what happened to your mum and when anything goes wrong in our NHS I think it needs to be properly investigated and properly dealt with. ‘I know that won’t bring your mum back, but I’m incredibly sorry for what happened. ‘I think the NHS is a fantastic institution, I think overall we’ve made progress in our NHS, but obviously that can never excuse any case that goes wrong.’  But the woman added: ‘I think it was systemic, I don’t think it was one or any case. There was inaccuracy, denial, lack of transparency, that’s my personal experience watching her die in agony. ‘That’s irrespective of all the other scandals that have come out, like the Staffs Hospital. ‘I actually find it physically repulsive when I get documentation coming through my front door about Labour being the party of the NHS.

Click on the link to read and listen to part of the radio broadcast on LBC

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3054385/I-physically-repulsive-claim-party-NHS-Furious-woman-mother-suffered-agonising-death-Labour-rips-Miliband.html

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Thousands of lives at risk as hospitals ignore simple tests for blood poisoning

  •  Experts have warned hospitals not using standard treatment for sepsis  
  • Blood poisoning affects more than 100,000 Britons a year and kills 37,000
  • 10% of patients at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary ward given correct treatment 
  •  Sepsis Six involves blood tests to check for infection and monitoring urine

Patients’ lives are at risk from blood poisoning because hospitals are not implementing a standard treatment that can double their chances of survival, experts have warned. Sepsis, previously known as septicaemia, affects more than 100,000 Britons a year and kills 37,000 – more than breast, bowel and prostate cancer combined. Now a snapshot NHS study reveals that on one surgical ward at a leading teaching hospital, 90 per cent of patients failed to get the correct treatment, involving a simple set of lifesaving measures known as Sepsis Six.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3055237/Thousands-lives-risk-hospitals-ignore-simple-tests-blood-poisoning.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Mother-of-two Anna Tilley survived after spending four days in intensive care with blood poisoning, pictured with her son Harry 

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“Our baby was a hero” – parents speak one year on from their baby´s death

For Jess Evans and Mike Houlston from Cardiff, the birth of twin boys Teddy and Noah on 22 April 2014 was one of both heartbreak and hope. Teddy was born with a rare yet fatal condition – anencephaly – but his parents were determined his short life would not be in vain. Once the diagnosis was confirmed during pregnancy, the parents discussed and wanted, if possible, for his organs to be donated. The family managed to spend precious time with him before he passed away and Teddy became the youngest organ donor in the UK. In the last 10 years, 39 babies younger than 2 years old have become organ donors helping to save the lives of strangers.

As his twin Noah celebrates his first birthday the family are using the anniversary to mark the occasion when his brother Teddy became a hero. His kidneys were transplanted to help save the life of another person.

Click on the link to read more

http://organdonation.nhs.uk/TeddysStory/index.asp

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Sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell your relatives that you want to donate. Visit the Registration form or call 0300 123 23 23.

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To run the NHS better, we must remember the people at its heart

The National Health Service continues to be the top issue for voters in the build up to the UK general election. With a black hole in its funding to fill debate over privatisation, centralisation of power, and how it should be run, the NHS is also becoming the key battle ground for politicians hoping to be elected.

In the debate over which party will be responsible for the UK’s public services, and especially the NHS, there seems to be a growing stranglehold of two unhelpful business ideas: “financialisation” and “managerialism”. Both of these approaches dehumanise and objectify staff. It’s a worrying and unhelpful way to talk about the people in the UK’s largest work organisation.

Click on the link to read more

http://theconversation.com/to-run-the-nhs-better-we-must-remember-the-people-at-its-heart-40709?

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No prosecution over death of nine-day-old baby Joshua at maternity unit where midwives failure’ to spot infection sparked inquiry into 18 other baby deaths

Police have confirmed that a prosecution will not take place over the death of a nine-day-old baby which sparked an inquiry into care at a maternity unit where 18 other infants died.

Joshua Titcombe, from Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, was born at Furness General Hospital in2008, but died days later after midwives repeatedly missed chances to spot and treat a serious infection.  His father James had argued for the inquest in 2011 after refusing to accept the initial explanations given for Joshua’s death and filing an official complaint about his treatment. It was uncovered that the infant’s observation chart had gone missing and was never found, while a coroner accused midwives of ‘colluding’ over mistakes made.

A police investigation into Joshua’s death was launched in March 2011 and later widened to include the deaths of 18 other babies and two mothers at the hospital.  But in 2012 detectives said no action would be taken in relation to the deaths, apart from Joshua’s case, which had been passed to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for its consideration. They also investigated 14 births which involved complications, but also recommended no action be taken in relation to them.

Today, (24th April 2015) Cumbria Constabulary announced the HSE had notified them that it would not be carrying out any further investigations and its four-year-long investigation into the cases of 35 people who suffered within the hospital maternity unit between 2004 and 2013 has now been closed. 

Click on the link to read more

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3053590/No-prosecution-death-nine-day-old-baby-Joshua-maternity-unit-midwives-failure-spot-infection-sparked-inquiry-18-baby-deaths.html

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Tragic: Joshua Titcombe was born at Furness General Hospital in November 2008 but died nine days later

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102 year old Dancer Sees Herself on Film for the First Time. “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.”

I just had to post this film. It shows Alice Barker 102 years in her youth.

 This is why it’s so important to look beyond the aging years and know that in the minds of our elders they had a life, they are still young, just trapped in an aging body. Joanna 

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David Shuff owns a therapy dog, which is how he met Alice Barker, age 102. Barker had been a well-known and successful dancer in the her day, and performed with some of the biggest names of stage and screen. I guess, however, she was just one of those people who didn’t like to see herself on screen. I can sympathize (because unlike Barker, I’m painful to watch). In the intervening decades, the physical recordings and other memorabilia of her time on stage was lost, including the films.

In addition to owning a therapy dog, David Shuff works with Mark Cantor for Jazz on Film, and together they tracked down footage of Barker. This is the first time she’s ever seen it. Shuff also noted that although he wishes so much of the video wasn’t him talking, it took a while to get Barker warmed up and talking about her memories, particularly when she wanted to just watch.

Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1930s and 40s. She danced at clubs such as The Apollo, Cotton Club, and Zanzibar Club, with legends including Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

Please click on the link to watch Alice Barker dancing, she was beautiful and still is.

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Two doctors face manslaughter charges as woman died after emergency caesarean. An international arrest warrant has been issued for Dr Azeez

Frances Cappuccini, 30, died just a few hours after her son was delivered at Pembury Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Anaesthetists Dr Nadeem Azeez, 52, from Tunbridge Wells, and Dr Errol Cornish, 67, from Bromley, Kent, have been charged with gross negligence manslaughter in connection with her death.

An international arrest warrant has been issued for Dr Azeez, who is thought to have left the UK and returned to Pakistan.

The Crown Prosecution Service has also authorised a corporate manslaughter charge to be brought against Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/571987/Two-doctors-manslaughter-woman-died-emergency-caesarean

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Frances Cappuccini died within hours of giving birth

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How is the NHS performing? NHS providers in England overspent their budgets in 2014/15 by more than £800 million

As the NHS begins a new financial year and we move from one parliament to another, it is clear from the performance on key headline targets and standards and from our latest survey of finance directors that the NHS will face huge challenges this year.

It now seems certain that hospitals and other NHS providers in England overspent their budgets in 2014/15 by more than £800 million. This is despite nearly £900 million being provided by the Treasury or switched from capital budgets to plug the growing black hole in NHS finances. According to the regular survey undertaken for the report, almost 60 per cent of trust finance directors said that they were dependent on additional financial support or had drawn down their reserves in 2014/15.

The financial outlook for 2015/16 is even gloomier, with two-thirds of hospitals concerned about staying within budget over the next year. Although commissioners are more optimistic, 40 per cent of finance leads from clinical commissioning groups are also concerned about whether they will be able to balance the books in 2015/16.

Click on the link to view report

http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/articles/how-nhs-performing-april-2015

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