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Man widowed after doctors' repeatedly failed to diagnose wife fears it could happen again

A Northampton father, widowed after doctors' at Northampton General Hospital repeatedly failed to diagnose his wife with breast cancer over two and a half years, says he fears it could happen to another family.

Mohammed Chaudhry says his wife Samina was referred to the hospital by her GP numerous times as a lump on her breast became larger.

But on each occasion she was told it could not be cancer and even advised to use Evening Primrose Oil to reduce the swelling.


Investigation into deaths of residents from Northampton care home to be reopened

An investigation into the deaths of five residents of a former Northampton care home is to be reopened by Northamptonshire Police.

Between July and August 2009, five residents of the Parkside House Nursing Home in St Matthew’s Parade, Northampton, died.

At the time the Coroner ruled they died from natural causes as there was no evidence to suggest that neglect was a direct cause of death.

However, after reviewing the findings of an investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Northamptonshire Police has decided to reopen its investigation.

“We are taking on board the views of the relatives of the five people who died and they are 100 per cent supportive of the police investigation.

“We would also like to speak to anybody who had friends or relatives at Parkside during the time our investigation covers.

“And we would urge any health professionals to come forward if they have any information which they think could help us.”

– Detective Sergeant Ashley Turner, Northamptonshire Police

The investigation into the former home, which closed shortly after the five people died, is expected to last several months.

Anyone with any information which they believe might be helpful to the investigation can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555111.

Peterborough woman becomes 'poster girl' for Motor Neurone Disease charity

Charlotte Fletcher Credit: Motor Neurone Disease Association
Poster on the London underground Credit: Motor Neurone Disease Association

A woman from Peterborough has been chosen as the face of a national poster campaign to highlight Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Month.

Over the next few weeks, 29-year-old Charlotte Fletcher will appear on more than 650 posters at 130 train stations across England and Wales.

The poster, produced by the Motor Neurone Disease Association, will be officially unveiled at Peterborough train station today.

Research breakthrough into antibiotic resistance

Professor Changjiang Dong, University of East Anglia Credit: ITV News Anglia

Scientists at the University of East Anglia in Norwich have released research which could lead to finding a solution to the problem of antibiotic resistance.

The research they've carried out could help in the development of a new type of drug to kill superbugs.

It comes as the World Health Organisation warns that antibiotics are becoming less effective in treating some common conditions.

Professor Changjiang Dong from the UEA said. "We have identified the path and gate used by the bacteria to transport barrier building blocks to the outer surface. Importantly, we have demonstrated that the bacteria would die if the gate is locked.

The number of superbugs are increasing at an unexpected rate, this research provides the platform for urgently needed new generation drugs."

Researchers says this discovery may pave the way to a new generation of antibiotic drugs.


Court of Appeal rules DNR patient's rights were violated

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a woman's rights were violated when a "do not resuscitate" notice was placed on her records at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, without her being consulted.

David Tracey, says his late wife was subjected to an unlawful DNR order at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. The hospital is accused of breaching the human rights of terminally ill Janet Tracey, 63, because it did not consult her before the order was placed on her records.

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