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Over a third of hospital meals binned in York

A new report published today by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food shows that one in four hospital meals in are thrown in the bin in England meaning over 30 million meals are binned each year.

Over a third of hospital meals binned in York

The Harrogate and District Hospitals were the least wasteful, with just under 60,000 meals binned, while the York Teaching Hospitals Trust wasted over 430,000 meals. On average, 39 per cent of food in the York trust was thrown away.

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Mental health experts call for change in attitudes

Mental health experts in Lincoln are calling for a change of attitudes on Disability Awareness Day. Representatives from SHINE say mental health issues should receive "parity of esteem" with physical health and that people who have severe depression, or who are bipolar or suffer psychosis, are as "disabled" as people who have a physical condition.

When someone talks about disability, people tend to think of them having a broken arm or leg, or having suffered a stroke or a life-changing heart attack. They don't see someone who is trying to recover from a nervous breakdown, coping with long-term depression, schizophrenia or psychosis in the same way, yet these conditions often last longer than a physical illness and they may require life-long medication.

– SHINE Director Charles Cooke

Boy from Halifax's year long wait for ME treatment

A mum from Halifax says she has been let down by the NHS after a year-long wait to get her son referred to a specialist for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - or ME.

Robert Hawkins can no longer go to school, see his friends or play sport after being struck down by the condition, which has completely changed his life.

He has now got a referral to an expert in Manchester, but is still waiting on a date for an appointment.

Helen Steel reports:

Warnings over breast cancer

Women over seventy are being warned to look out for all the signs of breast cancer. Around 1300 women aged over 70 in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are diagnosed with breast cancer each year - but a third have symptoms other than a lump.

Those figures are revealed at the same time as concern is raised that older women are being too laid back about the importance of screenings and ignore appointments. James Webster reports.

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Katy Brown's letter to John Bercow in full

Below is the full letter sent by Katy Brown to the Speaker of the House, John Bercow.

Dear Mr Bercow,

My son Sam is six. He has Morquio Syndrome, which causes shortness in stature, progressive physical disability and early death.

There is no cure.

Sam is a little boy full of fun and life who has no idea about the silent path this disease has set for his future.

For three years he has given his young life to medical research, taking part in a clinical trial for the first ever treatment for Morquio called Vimizim.

You see Morquio Syndrome is one of those conditions with an irritatingly long name.

It’s a good job our MP Greg Mulholland didn’t use its other name – Mucopolysaccharidosis Type IVa.

He might have been stopped much sooner. It is one of the conditions that Mr Mulholland was passionately referring to in a question to the House that you so rudely and abruptly stopped.

When you stopped Mr Mulholland, it demonstrated in an instant everything that is wrong with British politics.

You wielded your power, the House guffawed and jeered, you used derogatory, mocking language.

But here’s the blunt truth behind that stopped question. For eight months Mr Mulholland has fought valiantly to represent my family and my son.

He has stood up against deep injustice and worked tirelessly to get answers and a solution, all whilst health ministers have done nothing.

He was standing up for what is right, unlike many others. Two weeks ago Sam lost access to Vimizim, the drug that has given him back his childhood.

Why? Because of gross incompetence and deep institutional failings at NHS England.

And because of the repeated failures of health ministers to hold it to account.

On Thursday, July 2, NHS England neatly played a get-out-of-jail-free card. They decided after 14 months of deliberating and three changes in decision date to not make a decision on funding the drug at all… and passed the buck to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence .

Nice, who have no expertise in ultra rare diseases and who are frantically trying to figure out how to deal with these complex conditions that they don’t understand.

This means that even in the event of a positive decision, Sam is likely to remain untreated for a further 6-9 months, with likely irreversible consequences.

And a positive decision is sadly an uphill struggle as Nice has drawn seriously flawed conclusions and not involved the right expert clinicians thus far.

I’ve heard far too many excuses, seen far too many meaningless letters, and been fed far too many broken promises. Not least from David Cameron himself.

It is abhorrent and entirely unacceptable. When you stopped that question on Tuesday, you not only took away Mr Mulholland’s voice, you took away my son Sam’s too.

A little boy with life and the system stacked against him.

You also took away a little piece of me, because despite what I’ve experienced in the past eight months, I’ve always grasped on to the hope that a little humanity remains at the heart of our political system.

I hope you accept now that this indeed was an urgent question, and one that David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt personally should be held to account to properly answer.

Yours, Katy Brown

– Katy Brown

Army of women in pink pound streets of Hull

An army of women in pink have been pounding the streets of Hull today as they take part in this year's Race For Life,

The five kilometre race set off from Queens Gardens for a lap around the city centre. Thousands of women ran, jogged and walked the Hull race, now in its nineteenth year, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The funds will be put towards the charity's continuing mission to find a cure for the disease.

Runners raise thousands of pounds for worthy causes

The city of Leeds came alive with the sound of pounding feet today as more than 7,000 runners took part in the annual ten kilometre Run For All event. It was founded by Jane Tomlinson and is now in its ninth year. Runners were raising tens of thousands of pounds for a wide range of worthy causes.

The winner Kevin Loundes crossed the line in thirty one and a half minutes. But many were just thankful they'd completed the six mile course.

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