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Paramedic guilty of misconduct

A health professional panel has found paramedic Andrew Davies guilty of misconduct for failing to go to the aid of a man with health difficulties in June 2012.  The Health and Care Professions Council panel heard how Davies had stood by and watched while Mr Carl Cope, 47, took ill in Walsall Manor Hospital car park. Mr Cope later died of a heart attack.  Four further members of clinical staff were also charged with failure to care for a patient in need.  West Midlands Ambulance Service, Davies’ employer, had dismissed the worker for gross misconduct following the incident on 23 June 2012.   The panel ruled that he should now be struck off from the HCPC register.

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Chairman resigns over cuts

Chairman of the Torbay and Devon Safeguarding Adults Boards, Bob Spencer, has resigned from both boards following government cuts to the budgets which he feels could lead to “a serious incident or death”.  Mr Spencer became head of the Torbay board in 2009 and the Devon board in 2013.  He said that he had “serious concerns” about the “relentless budget cuts”, and stated that he feared that the most vulnerable people would be “hardest hit” by the cuts to the agencies.  In his resignation letter, he stated: “with another four years of cuts, Devon and Torbay will struggle to provide a safe service”.  He also stated that he felt that due to the lack of funding for appropriate care there may be a serious incident or even death.

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Three-week wait for GP appointment

Shadow governor of the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, Alan Alexander, has said that people in the area can wait up to three weeks to get a non-urgent appointment with a GP.  Health chiefs have announced that due to the shortage of GPs, a bursary of £20 thousand is to be offered to GP trainees who come to Cumbria to live and work.  Mr Alexander stated at a meeting of the West Cumbria Community Forum health group: “We are going to be seriously depleted in the next 10 to 15 years of medical staff”.

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Primary school under special measures

Following an inspection in November of 2015, Oxford’s Rose Hill Primary School has been placed in special measures by Ofsted.  The inspection found that “critical” health and safety advice was not being adhered to and that there was a concerning lack of training to recognise and respond to “extremism and radicalisation”.  It stated that during the inspection a visitor had managed to enter the school without being identified, and deemed this unacceptable.

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12-month old’s life could have been saved

An NHS England report has stated that the life of 12-month-old William Mead from Cornwall could have been saved if he had received better medical care.  Both GPs and call handlers from NHS 111 failed to recognise that he was suffering from sepsis (blood poisoning) following a chest infection.  This has raised doubts about the efficacy of England’s out-of-hours helpline which uses advisors, who are not medically trained, inputting information to a computer system.  It states that if a medic had taken the emergency call it is possible that the baby’s cries would have been recognised as “a child in distress” and urgent medical treatment would have been sought.

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Family awarded payout following man’s hospital brain injury

The family of a man who suffered a serious brain injury after choking on his vomit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been awarded undisclosed damages by the Trust. 33-year-old Ross Askew was originally admitted to hospital on New Year’s Day 2010 with complaints of abdominal pain, he was diagnosed with severe necrotising pancreatitis. However, when he choked on his own vomit, he suffered a severe brain injury and subsequently required 24hr care.

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Malnourishment misdiagnosis causes death

The mother of Kayleigh Compton, who died from a brain injury as a result of undiagnosed malnourishment, has released photographs of her dying daughter in hospital. The 23-year-old had visited her GP following very rapid weight loss, before finally being admitted to hospital after dropping from ten stone to six stone in six months. It was heard that every time she attempted to eat, she was sick.

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Soldier wins £275k in compensation

A soldier has been awarded £275,000 in compensation after having cold water thrown over him, triggering a severely debilitating condition. 27-year-old father-of-two Barney Tipping had been one of 26 soldiers who suffered severe heat exhaustion and dehydration during a several-hour march in Kenya in 2007.

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Stress-related illness on the rise for teachers

According to a recently released report, the number of teachers in the West Midlands that have been signed off as a result of stress-related illness has risen by almost 300 in 5 years. It was found that one fifth of all teacher and staff absences were due to stress. Ofsted stated that schools needed to be doing more to help teachers and staff with managing their workload.

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