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Claims of a cover up following the death of a Thalidomide baby born more than fifty years ago

Police have been asked to investigate a family's claim of a cover-up over medical records relating to the birth and death of a Thalidomide baby, more than fifty years ago.

Keith and Shirley Hudson have only recently discovered the last resting place of their baby boy, who was born in December 1962 with physical deformities caused by the morning sickness drug

But they were distressed they couldn't find a birth or death certificate and Mrs Hudson's GP files make no mention of the boy's birth in Bradford, or even prescription of the drug. The family, now living in East Yorkshire, has reported what they believe is a theft of medical records to West Yorkshire Police.

“This is a tragic and sad case and our hearts go out to Mr and Mrs Hudson on their on-going grief. I can confirm that all maternity records are destroyed under confidential conditions 25 years after the birth of the last child in line with Department of Health rules and the Data Protection Act.

“We acknowledge that back in the 1960s attitudes and practices within the NHS were very different and the way we care for bereaved parents has changed profoundly over the last 52 years. All staff recognise that to lose a baby - atany point in pregnancy- is traumatic.

“We ensure that parents are now given clear, sensitive and honest information about their baby’s passing so that they can remain in control and are supported in their own decisions about what happens to them and their baby.

“Parents are now encouraged to name their baby because it allows them to remember and refer to their child more easily as they grieve.

“We also have special maternity suites where parents can spend time with the baby, take family pictures, make mementos such as hand and footprints and gather together items like name bracelets, cot cards and anything else that will remind them of their child.

“We employ a specialist bereavement support midwife who can offer parents counselling or who can put them in touch with excellent organisations, such as SANDS, who offer specialist help and support.

“We know that in 2014 the NHS is a more compassionate and caring place for parents who have lost babies or whose babies are born with disabilities.

“We take comfort that we have been able to help reunite Mr and Mrs Hudson with their son’s final resting place and we mourn with them today on their sad loss all those years ago.”

– Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s chief nurse Juliette Greenwood

"We are not aware that we have been formally approached yet by Mr and Mrs Hudson about the sad death of their baby boy.

There is now a much better understanding of how to support grieving families than there was in the 1960s.

This progress does not however help Mr and Mrs Hudson and their daughter, or help them to deal with their experiences. Now that their story has been brought to our attention, we will do all we can to help the family get answers to their questions."

– Gillian Laurence, Assistant Director of Clinical Strategy (West Yorkshire) at NHS England


'Twelve people a week' admitted to A&E in West Yorks with alcoholic liver disease

The true scale of heavy drinking in parts of our region is laid bare today with new figures showing that on average 12 people a week have to be admitted to as an emergency to hospitals in West Yorkshire because of liver disease caused by alcohol.

Figures for drinking in our region have been revealed Credit: PA

Leeds has the second highest number of emergency admissions to hospital in the country because of alcohol related liver disease. Manchester is the worst. In total 655 heavy drinkers in West Yorkshire had to be treated as an emergency because of damage to their livers in the last year, according to The Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Police appeal for witnesses to Hull collision

Police in Hull are appealing for witnesses after a woman was seriously injured in a collision between a bus and a car.

The accident happened yesterday between a single decker bus and a silver coloured Vauxhall Zafira on Holderness Road, Hull outside Ferens Haven.

Both vehicles were travelling in the direction of Maybury Road when they were in collision.

A 64-year-old Hull woman, travelling as a passenger on the bus, sustained serious injuries and is currently being treated at Hull Royal Infirmary.

The 77-year-old Hull man driving the Vauxhall car suffered shock.

Police continue to quiz three over Doncaster death

South Yorkshire Police have released a picture of the man who died in Doncaster on Sunday.

Adam Szurgocinski who died in hospital Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Adam Szurgocinski, 26 from Doncaster was found at an address in Jubilee Road at 9.20am on Sunday 13 September by the ambulance service.

He was taken to hospital where he later died.

He is believed to have sustained a neck injury following an assault.

Three men who were at the house at the time have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.

Two charged with York murder

Detectives investigating the death in York of Stephen Eastwood have charged two people with his murder.

A 42-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, who were arrested on Monday 15 September 2014, have been remanded in custody and will appear at York Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.

Stephen, aged 47, was seriously injured when he was attacked on Lawrence Street on 27 March 2012. He never recovered from his injuries and died in May 2014.


Health gap widening between North and South

A major report out today sets out aims to tackle the widening health gap between the North and the South. Public health experts have discovered that a baby girl born in the North can expect to live up to 15 years less than a baby girl born in London. The report calls on the Government to give local authorities more resources to tackle the health inequalities. Professor Margaret Whitehead is the report author.

Actor takes on marathon number 13

Actor George Telfer is preparing to take on his 13th marathon in his home town of Chesterfield.

Actor George Telfer prepares to tackle his 13th marathon Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The star, best known for his roles in the Auton film series and Emmerdale, will join 1,000 runners today at the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon .

George, 52, has previously completed 10 London marathons, eight of them in aid of children's charity Whizz-Kidz.

He has also completed the Kielder Marathon and the York Marathon.

It feels fantastic to be running in Chesterfield. I've been running lots of routes here for years so it's great to do an official run.

"I train all year round, normally around three or four times a week. I just love to run, I love it that bit more every year. It's become part of my daily life."

– George Telfer

The Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon will raise funds for Kids 'n' Cancer UK, as well as other charities including Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity.

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