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Health chief 'disappointed' with cancer drug company

The chief executive of health watchdog Nice told ITV News he is "disappointed" that drug manufacturer Roche has not offered the NHS a discount on a breast cancer drug that costs around £90,000 per patient.

Kadcyla, which extends women's lives by almost six months, could be blocked from routine NHS access because it is too expensive.

"Companies can discount their prices and they frequently do. Given the list price. I would have expected the company to have at least considered (a discount)," Andrew Dillon said.


Relatives of family 'clearly distressed' after discovery

by Ronke Phillips, Senior Correspondent

A neighbour has told ITV London how shortly after the bodies of three children were discovered, two relatives of the family knocked on her door and were clearly very distressed.

Michele Bacchus speaking to ITV London today. Credit: ITV London/Ronke Phillips

"We heard a commotion and we saw lights and four police cars came up and one ambulance and a few other cars," Michele Bacchus said.

"A little while later my partner was outside having a cigarette and two women came up and asked if they could use the lavatory. One was fairly young and very, very upset, she could not speak.

"They were very, very upset. The younger one was in shock, they were both in shock."

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Moyes thanks Ferguson 'for chance to manage Man Utd'

David Moyes has released a statement following his sacking as manager of Manchester United, in which he thanked predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson "for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage" the club:

To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.

Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking on.

The scale of the manager’s job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work and the same applies to my coaching staff.

I thank them for their dedication and loyalty throughout the last season.

We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad.

This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results in the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League.

However, during this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration.

In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are.

I would like to thank the United staff for making me feel so welcome and part of the United family from my first day.

And of course thank you to those fans who have supported me throughout the season. I wish you and the club all the best for the future.

I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter finals of this year's Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United.


Employer describes father as 'a valued colleague'

The father of three children found dead at a south London property was described as "a valued colleague" by his employer Investec.

Investec, where Gary Clarence works as the director of investment banking for healthcare, said in a statement that the firm's thoughts are with him.

Investec's website profile of Gary Clarence.
Investec's website states Gary Clarence leads a team of five corporate finance and corporate banking specialists. Credit: Investec

"We do not know the facts at this time but our thoughts are with the Clarence family," it said.

"We are doing all that we can to help Gary and his eldest child and ask that their privacy is respected."

The company's website states that Mr Clarence was based in their US office for 18 months, before he returned to the UK, where he has specialised in the healthcare sector since 2004.

International team to 'evaluate disappearance of MH370'

Malaysia's cabinet have approved the appointment of an international team to investigate the disappearance of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the country's acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said.

More: MH370: No trace yet as underwater search nears end

"The main purpose of the international investigation team is to evaluate, investigate and determine the actual cause of the accident so similar accidents could be avoided in the future," Hishammuddin told reporters in Kuala Lumpur.


Children suffered from 'incredibly debilitating disorder'

by Ronke Phillips, Senior Correspondent

The condition the three children were suffering from meant they were unable to talk or walk and were slowly dying.

It has been described as an incredibly debilitating disorder.

The four-year-old girl was diagnosed first followed by the younger twin boys.

Read: Parents of three children found dead named locally

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