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IVF hopes "could be dashed" because of local doctor's MP aspirations

Campaigners in York claim the hopes of childless couples wanting to have a baby could be being dashed because an influential local doctor wants to become an MP.

There was fury earlier this month after the NHS in the city refused to lift a ban on providing IVF treatment for women struggling to conceive. It said there simply wasn't enough money.

But now it has emerged one of the key health chiefs who is in favour of IVF in York did not vote at the crunch meeting because he wants to be a Labour MP in the area - and he thought there might be a conflict of interest. Kate Walby reports.

Pioneering health centre changing miners' lives in South Yorkshire

The lives of former pitmen with chronic chest complaints from years of working underground are being transformed by a pioneering centre in South Yorkshire.

The Breathing Space hub at Rotherham was set up as a pilot scheme six years ago at a cost of £11 million.

Today it is a thriving centre staffed by 60 nurses which is helping to improve the quality of life for many former miners and steelworkers.

David Hirst reports:

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Rotherham Breathing Space hub a national model of care

Many former miners and steelworkers suffering from chest disease have seen their quality of life improved thanks to a pioneering centre.

The £11 million Breathing Space hub in Rotherham provides a dedicated service for ex-miners like Bill Goddard, who has chronic chest disease from the time he spent as a faceworker at Manvers pit in the Dearne Valley.

The centre has become a model of care and is a national pilot:

Yorkshire's smokers struggling to quit

New figures show almost a half of smokers who tried to quit using local health services in our region failed to give up the habit.

Almost 50,000 people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire attempted to quit last year using NHS stop smoking clinics
Almost 50,000 people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire attempted to quit last year using NHS stop smoking clinics Credit: Press Association

Almost 50,000 people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire attempted to quit last year using NHS stop smoking clinics. Fifty-four per cent of them were successful, but more than 22,000 smokers slipped back into their old ways.

Revolutionary treatment aids former miners' health

A revolutionary treatment centre in South Yorkshire set up to help former miners with breathing difficulties has been making strides into improving their health.

Former miner Bill Goddard gets advice from a nurse as he exercises at the Breathing Centre
Former miner Bill Goddard gets advice from a nurse as he exercises at the Breathing Centre

The Breathing Space centre has helped reduce reported cases of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis in the area to 30 per cent below the national average.

A report by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust found that former mining communities suffer worse health and social issues than the rest of the country, particularly relating to respiratory illnesses.

  • 11.7% of people living in the coalfields communities report long-term health problems, compared to 8.6% nationally
  • 8.4% of adults of working age in former mining towns and villages claim incapacity benefit, which is 2.2% higher than the national average
  • 7.9% - some 440,000 people - claim Disability Living Allowance (DLA), which is a staggering 50% higher than the GB average

Yorkshire ambulance workers call off strike

Yorkshire Ambulance workers have called off a planned strike over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Members of the trade union Unison were set to strike for six hours from 3pm to 9pm on Sunday in an ongoing row over working practices.

They were also due to work to rule continuously from just after midnight on Thursday.

But the strike was called off today after discussions between union leaders and ambulance service bosses.

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Fatal chopper crash survivor claims new breathing system could have saved lives

A man from Hull who survived a helicopter crash off Shetland, which claimed the lives of four oilworkers believes a new emergency breathing system could have given those on board a better chance of survival.

The new equipment is being brought in after a Super Puma helicopter crashed into the sea in August last year. It came into use for the first time today on some flights to and from North sea oil installations. Ross Govans reports.

Woman left unable to walk by stroke will tackle Whitby's steps

A woman from York who was left unable to walk after a stroke will today climb Whitby's famous 199 steps.

After the stroke, five years ago, 51-year-old Jo Milan was only able to say three words: "yes", "no" and "nurse".

She spent a year in hospital, having physiotherapy and speech therapy, and is still recovering.

Now, she hopes to reach the top of Whitby's famous stairs to raise money for The Brooke, an animal welfare charity.

Doctor "petrified" at thought of fundraising feat

A fundraising doctor - who is herself terminally ill - says she is "petrified" at the prospect of her latest feat to raise money for fellow cancer patients.

Dr Kate Granger will jump out pf a plane in Bridlington this morning as part of her bid to raise £250,000 for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre.

On her Just Giving page, she writes:

"For my latest exploit...weather willing, I will be jumping out of a plane on a tandem skydive for the YCC.

"I am petrified of heights so this is a massive personal challenge for me, but one that I am hugely excited about.

"The skydive itself has been extremely kindly donated by Sara at GB Skydive in Bridlington so we can maximise the funds we raise for the YCC. Chris and my family will be cheering me on from the comfort of the ground."

– Dr Kate Granger

She has also received support from other companies, and online followers:

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