Mum's sepsis bid to Hunt after family tragedy

Losing 44,000 people annually to something that can be treated reasonably easy if caught in time, is not acceptable.

– Melissa Mead

A mother whose 12-month-old son died of blood poisoning after a string of medical blunders has won her campaign for all parents to be warned.

Melissa Mead emerged from an emotional meeting with Jeremy Hunt with a promise for a major information campaign - the the Health Secretary even telling her he will check his own family is safe from the killer disease.

The grieving mum told us in January about how little William died in December 2014 after a series of mistakes by medics. The case put the NHS's 111 service under the spotlight.

Dr Arun Ghosh, 1 March 2016

On 1 March 2016 Good Morning Britain reported on the issue of the current unavailability on the NHS of the Meningitis B vaccine for children over one year old, and recent press reports that private clinics were charging up to £750 for the vaccine.

Due to human error, a graphic caption incorrectly summarized these press allegations, stating: “Some vaccine providers have been charging £750 per dose”. We would like to make clear that this was inaccurate, and that to our knowledge no private clinics have ever charged £750 per dose of vaccine, nor are we aware of any clinics that have in fact charged £750 for a full course of vaccinations.

We had invited Dr Arun Ghosh, who administers the vaccine privately, to take part in the programme. It was not intended to focus on his particular practice, but on the wider issue of whether the press criticism of private practice charging was justified, and whether the availability of NHS vaccinations should be extended beyond infants under 9 months.

However, following the broadcast of the inaccurate information above, and criticism of private clinics in discussion of the issue with another guest, where it was suggested that such clinics were exploiting parents’ fears, Dr Ghosh decided not to take part in the programme. Unfortunately the presenters were not fully informed of his discussions with the producers regarding the reasons for his decision, which we accept was fully justified in the circumstances. The programme presenter later referred to Dr Ghosh by name, repeating the suggestion that private clinics were acting unethically regarding the amount charged to parents for the vaccine.

The programme did state correctly that Dr Ghosh in fact charged £250 for the first dose of vaccine, and £155 each for two further doses of a full course.

We would like to make clear that Good Morning Britain accepts that Dr Ghosh has never charged £750 either per dose or for a full course of vaccine, and we apologize for any suggestion conveyed that he has behaved unethically in this regard. We also wish to express our sincere regret for any distress caused to Dr Ghosh or his family for the manner in which he was referred to in the programme.

Special pair receive The Sun's Health Star award

For our final day of meeting our Health Star winners we speak to Sophia Parvizi-Wayne and Amber van Damm, who used their personal experience with an eating disorder to help others and raise awareness.

Their good work has earned The Sun's Special Recognition Health Star and we meet them both as well as The Sun's health editor Lynsey Hope.

Charlotte surprises our Community Health Star

Our Hospital Health Star gets a BIG surprise

Meet our Lifesaver Health Star Darran

Charlotte surprises our Health Star live on her doorstep

I'm normally always talking but I don't know what to say!

– Rachael Jones, our Community Health Star winner

Charlotte was live from a top secret location this morning to surprise our third Health Star winner!

Rachael Jones suffered with post-natal depression after giving birth to her son. Her mission was to hear that it does get better, from parents who have battled with similar mental health conditions.

Rachael has gone on to help over 20,000 women cope with pre and post-natal depression, as well as their partners and families, and that's why we are crowning her our Community Health Star winner!

Watch the magical moment Rachael's friends helped Charlotte surprise Rachael live on her doorstep.

Meet our Hospital Health Star

Meet our Lifesaver Health Star

Catch up on Good Morning Britain with the ITV Hub

Our Hospital Health Star gets a BIG surprise

It's day two of GMB revealing their Health Star winners and today we had a very surprised doctor indeed!

Dr Majid is a heart and lung surgeon who spends his spare time encouraging Asian groups to join the organ donor register - and so far as has recruited 25,000 people.

Nominated by his wife, he didn't seem to believe it when Dr Hilary turned up to tell him he'll be joining Piers and Susanna to receive his accolade on Thursday!

Meet our Lifesaver Health Star Darran

Catch up on Good Morning Britain with the ITV Hub

Lifesaver Darran is our first Health Star

Thousands were nominated in our Health Star awards, which rewards heroes who have gone the extra mile to save a life or contribute to their local community - and we had the huge job of choosing just three finalists for each of our categories.

Today we meet our Health Star Lifesaver, fireman Darran Sampson, who in February saved a life when he acted quickly and performed CPR.

Charlotte's Health Star helps others despite her own loss

Eight years ago Charlotte Hawkins became patron of children's hospice Ellenor and met Vicky Read. Vicky is a respite carer for the charity, which helps families facing life threatening illnesses. She became a carer after her two sons Sydney and Freddie died, both aged three.

Charlotte became her friend after seeing her work at the hospice and thinks she is amazing for all she does in spite of her own loss. She's Charlotte's own Health Star, and today she gives her a big surprise!