Mum fed takeaways to dying obese child

‘Missed health appointments’ It found the Greater Manchester teenager, who has not been named, was not provided with a PE kit by their mother despite enjoying classes. The mother blamed the child for not losing weight, called them “lazy” and falsely claimed they could not take part because of health problems and disabilities, it said. “[The school] found it difficult to challenge [the] mother about putting obstacles in the way of [the teenager] from taking part in something they enjoyed and which was beneficial for their wellbeing,” the report added. The teenager, who asked teachers to keep their attendance at exercise classes a secret from their mother, also missed health appointments. The review also found the child weighed more than …

Health boss resigns saying ‘life too short’

Critical care was rated inadequate, while overall the trust was said to require improvement. ‘Financially unsustainable’ In her resignation email to staff, Ms McArdle said she had “remained true to my own values, vision and high levels of integrity”. “However, after much debate with my family and friends over the last 12 months, I have now decided that the personal cost of being a CEO in the NHS is just too high and life is just too short.” She warned the trust was “financially unsustainable” without a long-term recovery plan to deal with its debts. Ms McArdle took over as the trust’s full-time chief executive in 2015 and was appointed on an annual salary of £225,000, the Local Democracy Reporting …

King’s Cross face recognition ‘last used in 2018’

The King’s Cross partnership also denied any data had been shared commercially. It had used it to help the Metropolitan and British Transport Police “prevent and detect crime in the neighbourhood”, it said. But both forces told BBC News they were unaware of any police involvement. It said it had since shelved further work on the technology and “has no plans to reintroduce any form of FRT [facial-recognition technology] at the King’s Cross estate”. However, as recently as last month, a security company was advertising for a CCTV operator for the area. The duties of the role included: “To oversee and monitor the health, safety and welfare of all officers across the King’s Cross estate using CCTV, Facewatch and surveillance …

Bake Off return brings ‘sweet relief’ to critics

The regular presenting team of comedians and broadcasters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, baker Paul Hollywood and writer Prue Leith have also returned. Tuesday night’s first episode launched with an average audience of 5.7 million viewers, according to overnight figures, slightly down on the 6.1 million who watched the 2018 launch. In his four-star review, James Jackson of The Times picked up on the show’s youngest-ever line-up, which, he said, “some see as a ploy to grab youthful viewers deserting traditional TV, and potentially a race to the soggy bottom. New Great British Bake Off contestants revealed Bake Off judge Leith joins hospital food review “One of the more pleasing aspects about Bake Off has been its good-natured blend of …

EU pours cold water on Brexit backstop alternative

Image caption The aim is to keep border crossings like this one at Strabane/Lifford free of checkpoints One senior EU source told BBC News NI the proposals were “inadequate and not anywhere near the landing zone”. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Boris Johnson has previously said there are “abundant” technological solutions The paper states: “Under this proposal it will be a violation of UK law backed up by severe penalties knowingly to export, through the frontier between the North and the Republic, goods which do not comply with the regulatory standards of the EU.” In effect, UK public law would be backing not only the regulatory standards for goods on the UK market, but also goods destined for export …

Demolished cabin rebuilt for veterans

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMike Allen: “It didn’t feel safe to be in society at the time” An ex-soldier has rebuilt a demolished cabin as a “safe space” for veterans struggling with mental health. Mike Allen, 38, was originally living in the cabin near Crosskeys, Caerphilly county, which he had built without permission. He said it helped him with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. But it was removed by officials in November last year and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said it had been built “without our knowledge”. NRW said its officers visited the Crosskeys site three times before any action was taken and did not believe anyone was living there. Image copyright Joshua Rhys Photography Image caption …

Cystic fibrosis drugs rejected for use in Scotland

The SMC said it heard “strong evidence” from patient groups and recognised that the decision would be “disappointing”. ‘Deadlock must end’ over cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi Cystic fibrosis drug campaign makes no progress in year But chairman Dr Alan MacDonald said: “There remained significant uncertainty around their overall health benefits in the long-term, in relation to their costs. “In order to be able to accept these medicines the committee will need to be satisfied of their cost-effectiveness and we continue to work with the company to achieve that.” ‘It’s not a pretty thing to watch’ Image copyright SPL Manufacturer Vertex said it hoped to find a solution which would allow broad access to the drugs in the coming weeks. In …

‘I am DNA proof my father is a rapist’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“Vicky” says she is proof of the crime A woman conceived by rape wants her father brought to justice in a so-called “victimless prosecution”, in one of the first cases of its kind, the BBC has learned. “Vicky” says her mother was under the age of consent when a family friend she claims was in his 30s raped her. She says her birth is proof of the crime and wants DNA testing to convict her dad of unlawful sexual intercourse. West Midlands Police says the law does not recognise her as a victim. Vicky – not her real name – from Birmingham, was adopted in the 1970s at seven months old. Image …

Apology to family of couple killed by patient

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCharles Little said it was a “great pity” it had taken so long to achieve an apology The family of a couple killed by a man with severe mental health issues have received an apology from the top civil servant at the Department of Health. Michael and Marjorie Cawdery, both 83, died in a “frenzied” knife attack in Portadown, County Armagh in April 2017. They were stabbed to death by Thomas Scott McEntee, shortly after he walked out of a hospital emergency department. Permanent Secretary Richard Pengelly apologised for the health service’s “failings and handling” of his care. Trust ‘responsible’ in Cawdery killings Court told of ‘frenzied attack’ on couple Man admits …

Fresh food traders brace for Brexit

‘We’re well prepared now’ Image caption Peter Marshall says the short shelf life of products like mushrooms is a problem Peter Marshall also sells fruit and vegetables, and imports 95% of the produce he sells – mainly from Holland and Spain. “We ordered it this morning at 8 o’clock. By 2 o’clock tomorrow morning it will be on our stand and by the evening it will be on somebody’s dinner plate,” he says. He is worried about the extra costs that he might have to pay to bring goods in quickly. “I dread to think,” he says. “We’re going to have to pass the cost on. Your profit margin is suddenly going. “I don’t think we can afford to come …

The ‘dual stigma’ of alcohol-related brain damage

“You’re talking about a condition that’s the result of long-term heavy drinking, which a lot of people are going to say, ‘Well someone’s done that themselves, it’s his own fault,’” Andrew Misell, from Alcohol Change UK, said. “And then you’re talking about a condition which makes someone’s behaviour difficult to manage – people can be aggressive, inappropriate, confused and confusing to others” Last year, the alcohol care team at the Royal Liverpool Hospital treated 79 patients with alcohol-related brain disease. Patients are asked to sit a test used to diagnose dementia, which has been adapted for this condition. A low score can lead to scans to see if the patient’s alcohol intake has shrunk their brain. Related Topics Alcoholism Alcohol …

No-deal Brexit plans to get 2.1bn boost

“We want to get a good deal that abolishes the anti-democratic backstop. But if we can’t get a good deal, we’ll have to leave without one. “This additional £2.1bn will ensure we are ready to leave on 31 October – deal or no-deal.” Brexit: What is the Irish border backstop? No-deal Brexit: Are we ready? No-deal Brexit: 10 ways it could affect you But shadow chancellor John McDonnell described the plans as “an appalling waste of taxpayers’ cash, all for the sake of Boris Johnson’s drive towards a totally avoidable no-deal”. He added: “This government could have ruled out no-deal and spent these billions on our schools, hospitals, and people. “Labour is a party for the whole of the UK, …

Parents ‘missing out on new baby health visits’

Health officials in England said they would continue to encourage uptake of the five child health and development reviews “so that parents and children benefit from this vital support”. ‘There’s not much focus on mums’ Kirsty Harvey, from York, gave birth to her daughter Molly 10 weeks ago. She asked for support during her pregnancy when she began to have panic attacks – but she didn’t see a health visitor until after the birth. “I saw six different midwives before and after the birth and it’s difficult explaining your worries again and again to six different people,” she says. “There’s not much focus on you as a mum. “If they asked, my immediate response was just to say, ‘Yeah, yeah, …

Manslaughter claim against haemophilia doctor

But talking to Radio Wales’ Eye on Wales programme, Mr Collins claimed “for all practical purposes” Prof Bloom was experimenting on his patients, who were unknowingly part of a study of imported blood-derived treatments for the clotting disorder. One widow has told the inquiry she wants answers about when Prof Bloom, and also the Department of Health, government ministers and pharmaceutical companies, knew about blood risks. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Infected blood donations in the 1970s and 80s were pooled and used in treatments The programme heard two of Prof Bloom’s older patients, Cardiff brothers Haydn and Gareth Lewis, began tracking down paperwork in the early 1990s, including Colin’s medical notes, to find what they could about the …

Medical chief calls for global health effort

“It helps to keep our population safe. “We should invest in systems and solutions that contribute to making health more equitable, secure and sustainable. “What we learn abroad will improve our NHS and support our domestic efforts to make sure no-one in the UK is left behind.” Monkeypox Dame Sally cited last year’s monkeypox outbreak in the UK – the first cases of the disease outside Africa since 2003. She said UK collaboration with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control helped to contain and manage the situation, and minimise the public health impact. And, as in the 2014 Sierra Leone outbreak of Ebola, UK experts are helping those dealing with the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Another …

Care for older crime victims ‘not good enough’

Inspectors found 153 cases in England and Wales where a safeguarding referral should have been made by police to the local council. But there were no such referrals in about half (77) of the incidents. Police forces in Greater Manchester, North Wales, Dorset, Humberside, Cambridgeshire and Gloucestershire were examined for the report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) and Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI). ‘Inconsistent’ The report said: “Crime against older people isn’t well understood, despite the vulnerability of older people and the importance that society attaches to looking after people in their old age.” Although police forces recognised fraud was an “increasingly common concern” for older victims, forces had only a …