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A&E doctor shortage

A report into the standards of care at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton has revealed a worrying lack of senior doctors in the accident and emergency department during the night and over weekends.  The inspection was carried out at the hospital in September: a hospital with 700 beds, 30 wards and 15 operating theatres.

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Two quarry deaths have been confirmed as accidental

After two young men died within a week of each other at a Worcestershire quarry, their deaths have been declared accidental.  The two young men both found themselves facing difficulties when trying to swim to the other side on separate occasions. 17-year-old Russell O’Neill died at Gullet Quarry on the 6th of July, and Justas Juzenas, aged 22, died on the 12th of July.

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Killer surgeon attempts to resume practice

After a surgeon from Blackpool Victoria Hospital was issued with a 21-month suspended sentence in 2004, after admitting to manslaughter, he has applied to be a doctor again.  Steven Walker was issued with the 21-month suspended sentence following the death of 71-year-old patient Dorothy McPhee through negligence.  The General Medical Council then struck him off after he pleaded guilty to the negligence in 2005.

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New bosses for failing hospital

After the Queen Elizabeth NHS Trust in King’s Lynn was put under a ‘special measures’ programme following the Keogh report, a new team has been installed to improve the hospital’s service.  The hospital trust was deemed high risk for providing “poor care” in a report carried out earlier this year.  A new chairman and chief executive have been recruited to oversee the much-needed improvements to management.  The health regulator monitor has also appointed an experienced improvement director to manage the trust’s turnaround.

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999 response time shortened with launch of new cars

After East Midlands Ambulance Service was fined £3.5m in May for failing to meet national target response times, a fleet of new cars has been launched to significantly shorten response times and save lives.  With the national target aiming for 95% of life-threatening emergencies to be reached within 19 minutes, the East Midlands Ambulance Service failed to meet this target by over 3% in 2012-13. 

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Injured police officers at all time high in North Yorkshire

New figures have found that in North Yorkshire alone, more than 50 police officers have been injured during duty in the last 12 months.  A survey that was commissioned earlier this year by the North Yorkshire Police Federation found that 52.1% of the 372 surveyed officers had suffered an injury as a result of an assault while on duty, with nearly 57% having suffered an injury more than once in the last 24 months.  41.5% of officers had been threatened with a weapon in the last 24 months, and over half of the officers surveyed said that body armour should be mandatory for all operational duties.

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Military honours for 21-year-old who saved colleagues despite back injury

21-year-old Ben Taylor from Shropshire has been awarded a military honour after he risked his life in Afghanistan to save his colleagues.  The young roofer and army reservist had originally joined the army because he “fancied a challenge”, which was achieved when he battled for 40 minutes with a severe back injury to rescue his colleagues from an upturned vehicle that was submerged in a canal.

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Four of Stafford’s doctors face no disciplinary action

Four of Stafford Hospital’s senior doctors will not face disciplinary action despite having been involved in the neglect and abuse scandal that the hospital has been recently criticised for. The General Medical Council has investigated Dr John Gibson, Dr Valerie Suarez, Dr David Durrans and Dr Dermot Mulherin, all with senior management positions, yet the regulator has said that the cases are being dropped against each of them.

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Boss of Sky team wins damages after pothole crash

Team Sky cycling boss Fran Miller (34) has received undisclosed compensation from a council after her bike hit a pothole, leaving her with multiple injuries.  The accident occurred on Oldham’s high street in 2010 where she was thrown off her bike after swerving to avoid a pothole.  The accident left her with multiple broken bones, including fractures in her jaw, cheek and fingers, and a few of her teeth were knocked out.

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Network Rail to be sentenced after worker death

Network Rail has pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach after 64-year-old Malcolm Slater died while repairing power lines.  Mr. Slater had been working on the line between Norwich and London in 2008 when he fell 15ft (4.5m) onto the tracks below.  The court heard that Network Rail had failed to provide workers with safe equipment, as previous overloading had weakened the hoist that they were using.  Network Rail had already admitted to similar failures in past hearings, as the equipment provided for lifting their employees was unsafe.  

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Hospital fails to protect patients from Legionnaires’ disease

Basildon Hospital’s inability to control legionella bacteria has resulted in two deaths since 2007, a court has heard.  The Essex-based hospital has been criticised for their high mortality rates after a fatal legionella infestation killed two patients and infected six others over the last 6 years.  The hospital “apologised severely” in January for failing to abide by the Health and Safety at Work Act, and was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday.

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Critical report reveals major hospital failings

A report carried out by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has revealed major concerns about Bedford Hospital.  The report highlighted issues regarding staffing, the monitoring of service quality and the level of care in the elderly-patient wards.  After inspectors visited the accident and emergency department, the stroke unit, and two of the three elderly care wards last month, they left the hospital with “major concerns”.

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Ambulance trust responsible for death of baby

17-week-old Bella Hellings’ parents blame the ambulance trust for the death of their child, after an ambulance took 26 minutes to reach the home following their 999 call.  A report has found that the ambulance trust made a “significant number of operational errors” when handling the child’s case.

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14-year-old saved after being dragged out to sea

A fourteen-year-old girl was saved after being dragged out to sea by a very powerful rip tide off the north coast of Norfolk yesterday. She had been on a sandbar with a friend at Sea Palling on Tuesday afternoon when the strong current pulled her away.  Lifeguard Max Moore (19) luckily spotted the accident and swam out to sea to rescue the pair (164ft).

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Launch of drowning awareness campaign

Following many fatalities during the summer, the RNLI has launched a major campaign to warn people of the sea’s dangers.  Currently running as a trial, the RNLI are trying to better inform people about safety in the sea, with the trail running in Sussex, Kent and Hampshire throughout August.  If the trial proves successful, it will hopefully expand, making it accessible to the whole country.

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Reopening of minor injuries unit following petition

After Malton Hospital in North Yorkshire reduced their opening hours, over 10,000 people signed a petition in an attempt to revert the decision.  Marches were carried out throughout December after the plans were announced that it would close during evenings and weekends.

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Safety failures caused two factory deaths

In December 2010, two engineers lost their lives after being dragged into machinery at a Merseyside chipboard factory.  An inquest found that the deaths were down to a failure in following factory procedures.  The inquest jury concluded that the tragedies could have been prevented had the engineers been trained on how to use the machinery properly and safely.

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Man and dog rescued from water in Blackpool

A man and dog found themselves in some difficulty when they got trapped in the water and algae near Blackpool’s North Pier.  A woman had been walking her two dogs when one of them escaped its lead and ran into the water: where it then got stuck near the sea wall. Realising that the dog was trapped, a passerby attempted to rescue the dog but was similarly unable to free himself. 

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Tyre importance re-evaluated following Bestival crash deaths

Following a fatal crash last September, a coroner is to urge the government to re-evaluate the dangers of ignored vehicle tyre age.  The crash involved a coach returning from the popular music festival on the Isle of Wight, when one of the 20-year-old tyres burst on the busy A3 in Surrey.  Three of the passengers were killed and the others sustained serious injuries.

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Two errors are investigated in Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

What the Department of Health calls “never events” have occurred twice in a Devon hospital last month.  One of the said ‘events’ involved a blood transfusion of the wrong blood type, and the other comprised an unneeded angiogram – whereby a tube is fed into the patient’s heart.  Both of these uncontrolled, and particularly invasive, procedures have caused a lot of questions to be asked regarding the safety of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital’s service.  Hospital managers have confirmed that they are currently investigating the reasoning behind these fatal errors.

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