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 [...]

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 [...]

HPV puts ‘strain’ on millennial sex and dating

HPV puts 'strain' on millennial sex and dating SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Both girls and boys can now have HPV vaccines Mercedes was so confident her smear test would come back clear that she was chatting to a friend on the phone as she opened the letter. But she was left shocked and confused when, at 24, she read that the cells in her cervix had started to change, caused by a virus called HPV (human papillomavirus). Changes to the way smear tests work mean [...]

Miscarriage discrimination: ‘I was made redundant because I lost my baby’

Miscarriage discrimination: 'I was made redundant because I lost my baby'. Amy McKeown's miscarriage meant she was off work - and haemorrhaging - for two-and-a-half months A mother who suffered a miscarriage and then weeks later lost her job has called for a change in employment law. Amy McKeown, 39, from Hampstead in north London, was off work for 10 weeks in 2006 after her 12-week scan found her baby had no heartbeat. Three weeks later, her employer told her she was being [...]

Muckamore Abbey Hospital: Timeline of abuse allegations

Muckamore Abbey Hospital: Timeline of abuse allegations. The hospital provides treatment for people with severe learning disabilities and mental health needs The police and the health authorities are investigating allegations that vulnerable patients were physically and mentally abused by staff at Muckamore Abbey Hospital. The hospital, on the outskirts of Antrim, is run by the Belfast Health Trust It provides facilities for adults with severe learning disabilities and mental health needs. Since allegations of abuse began to emerge in 2017, a number people have [...]