Contaminated blood victims ‘no closer’ to support parity

Contaminated blood victims 'no closer' to support parity PA Northern Ireland victims of the contaminated blood scandal have said they are no closer to securing financial support that would bring them into line with victims in England. They met Health Minister Robin Swann on Thursday and urged him to address a disparity in payments. Victims in Northern Ireland are paid less than those elsewhere in the UK. They said the meeting was constructive but Mr Swann told them he was keeping his options open. Nigel [...]

Two people feared to have died from vape-related injury in UK last year

Two people feared to have died from a vape-related injury in UK last year. TWO people are feared to have died from vaping-related lung injuries in the UK in the past year, health officials have revealed. The medical regulator is investigating the deaths and has received 244 reports of adverse reactions to the devices. Two people are feared to have died from vaping-related lung injuries in the UK in the past year, health officials have revealed Credit: Alamy Public health experts said the [...]

West Suffolk Hospital staff ‘feared raising concerns’, says CQC

West Suffolk Hospital staff 'feared raising concerns', says CQC. WEST SUFFOLK HOSPITAL - West Suffolk Hospital has gone from being rated as outstanding to requiring improvement in two years Staff at a hospital accused of conducting a "witch hunt" to identify a whistleblower felt a lack of "freedom to speak up", a report has said. The husband of Susan Warby, who died at West Suffolk Hospital in 2018, received an anonymous letter about her care. Bosses reportedly asked doctors for fingerprints and handwriting [...]

Coronavirus: How worried should we be?

Coronavirus: How worried should we be? GETTY IMAGES The outbreak occurred in the city of Wuhan, south of Beijing A virus - previously unknown to science - is causing severe lung disease in China and has also been detected in other countries. More than 100 people are known to have died from the virus, which appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December. There are already more than 4,500 confirmed cases, and experts expect the number will keep rising. A new virus arriving on [...]

Calls for ‘virginity repair’ surgery to be banned

Calls for 'virginity repair' surgery to be banned. GETTY IMAGES At least 22 private clinics offer hymen-repair surgery in the UK Campaigners are urging the government to outlaw "virginity repair" surgery. Many Muslim women risk being outcast, or in extreme cases killed, if their spouses or families discover they have had sex before marriage. And some are opting for a medical procedure in which doctors restore a layer of membrane at the entrance to the vagina. But there are concerns a ban would increase the [...]