Care Quality Commission report released

Medical bosses say Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust should be taken out of special measures after a CQC inspection

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Cycle helmet law change in Jersey welcomed by Lincolnshire father

The father of a Lincolnshire cyclist left brain-damaged after hit by van has welcomed news that it is now compulsory for all under 14's to wear helmets when cycling in Jersey. Ryan Smith did not have one on when he was involved in the accident a year ago today. His dad wants the same law introduced here.

Read: Ryan Smith's recovery after accident

Ryan Smith
Ryan Smith Credit: Calendar

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Teenager to become ambassador for people with autism

You may remember the story of the schoolboy form Leeds - whose pet corgi was credited with turning his life around - after he was diagnosed with aspergers syndrome.

14 year old Nick Gilling from Leeds was so badly affected - he would hide under his bed - because of his anxieties about going out in public. After we featured him on Calendar, his story went global - and he's now become an ambassador for people with autism. Michael Billington reports.

University of York study reveals 'third hand smoke' danger

Research led by the University of York has highlighted the potential cancer risk in non-smokers – particularly young children – of tobacco smoke gases and particles deposited to surfaces and dust in the home.

Until now, the risks of this exposure known as ‘third hand tobacco smoke’ have been highly uncertain and not considered in public policy.

The research has revealed the danger of "third-hand" tobacco
The research has revealed the danger of "third-hand" tobacco Credit: Press Association

However, a new study indicates potentially severe long-term consequences, particularly to children. Scientists collected dust samples from private homes occupied by both smokers and non-smokers. Using observations of house dust composition, they estimated the cancer risk by applying the most recent official toxicology information.

They found that for children aged one to six years old, the cancer risks exceeded the limit recommended by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in three quarters of smokers’ homes and two thirds of non-smokers’ homes. The maximum risk predicted from the third hand smoke levels in a smoker occupied home equated to one extra cancer case per one thousand population exposed.

Lead researcher Jacqueline Hamilton told ITV Calendar what the research means:

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Report published into abuse at Doncaster day care centre

A catalogue of falings has been revealed today after a long awaited report into abuse at a Doncaster day care centre was finally published.

The serious case review into abuse of severely disabled people at the Solar Centre highlights failings in South Yorkshire police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the NHS Trust responsible for the centre.

It says lessons must be learned from what happened, and all have now apologised to the families of those abused.

Martin Fisher reports:

Read: Agencies blasted for lack of co-operation by Serious Case Review

Agencies blasted for lack of co-operation by Serious Case Review

A Serious Case Review into what went wrong at a care centre where severely disabled patients were slapped and mistreated has found different agencies should have worked together better.

Doncaster Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board (DSAPB) published an independent report into abuse at the Solar Centre perpetrated by care assistants James Hinds and Susan Murphy between 2005 and 2007.

The couple were handed jail sentences of two years and nine months at Sheffield Crown Court last year.

They were convicted of ill-treating 12 different outpatients between them and the judge said it was "impossible to assess the upset, distress and bewilderment" they caused.

A report commissioned by DSAPB and written by Gill Poole reviewed what happened at the centre run by Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

The report makes nine recommendations, one of which was apologising to the families of victims for the length of time it had taken to conclude.

First of all and most importantly, I would like to sincerely apologise on behalf of the Doncaster Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board to the victims and families in this case for the amount of time it has taken to reach this point and for this report to be concluded.

There are lessons to be learned from this case and agencies should have worked better together at the time. It will be little comfort to those victims and families to hear that in Doncaster, things have changed for the better since this case and we do work more effectively together and have people at the heart of what we do especially in safeguarding. I do want to stress that.

That said, the report does recognise that agencies could have done things more expediently and in a more coordinated way. The independent author has made recommendations and we will ensure they are actioned."

– Roger Thompson, DSAPB chair

The report makes nine recommendations, one of which was apologising to the families of victims for the length of time it had taken to conclude.

Report out today into Solar Centre mistreatment

A report into the abuse of severely disabled patients by some staff at the Solar Centre at St Catherine's Hospital in Doncaster will be published later today.

The report follows a serious case review which was ordered after the jailing last year of care assistants James Hinds and Susan Murphy for mistreating patients in their care.

Trust out of special measures but still receiving support

A hospital trust criticised for its high death rates has improved, but still needs to improve further, according to inspectors.

The organisation which runs hospitals in Scunthorpe, Goole and Grimsby is being recommended to be taken out of special measures following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.

The CQC says the trust will receive ongoing support to ensure its performance continues to improve.

Chris Kiddey reports

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