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Thousands run in Leeds 10K

Warming up for the run

Thousands of runners are taking part in the Leeds 10k today. Organised by Jane Tomlinson's Run For All, it was revamped in 2013 and the route is now faster and flatter. It starts in Vicar Lane, takes the runners through the city centre, out and back along Kirkstall Road and ends in front of the town hall.

A wheelchair race has attracted some of the country's leading athletes. The top class field - some with their sights on next year's Rio Paralympic Games - includes 19-year-old Jade Jones, who represented Great Britain at the London Paralympic Games and won bronze at last year's Commonwealth Games.

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Companies fined after death of diabetic Barnsley man

Two companies have been fined a total of more than £500,000 following the death of a diabetic hospital patient from Barnsley who was injected with insulin syringes containing no insulin.

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Neil Judge suffered multi-organ failure while he was being treated at the Northern General Hospital, in Sheffield, in November 2010, according to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

An investigation found Mr Judge, 58, had been treated with a batch of intravenous insulin syringes that actually contained no insulin at all, just saline.

His multi-organ failure was triggered by diabetic ketoacidosis because his body was deprived of insulin for more than 13 hours, the MHRA said.

A judge at Sheffield Crown Court heard how the faulty syringes were supplied to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by Fresenius Kabi Ltd as a licensed wholesaler for Calea UK Ltd, which manufactured the product.

The agency said Fresenius Kabi, of Eastgate Way, Manor Park, Runcorn, was fined a total of £500,000 and ordered to pay a further £5,900 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Sections 64(1) and 67(2) of the Medicines Act 1968.

Calea UK, of the same address, was fined £50,000 with £5,900 costs after also pleading guilty to similar breaches.

Last year, Sheffield coroner Chris Dorries ruled that the diabetic ketoacidosis arising out of the manufacturing error was a "major contributory factor" in Mr Judge's death.

The MHRA said Calea also manufactured a batch of pre-prepared Tobramycin syringes - used to treat infections - that were administered to a patient with cystic fibrosis at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in August 2011.

On this occasion the syringes, which were prepared and delivered direct for the patient by Calea, were each found to contain three times the prescribed daily dose.

The over medication came to light after the patient reported an adverse reaction, described as a fizzing sensation, although there were no lasting effects.

According to the agency, the court was told the two incidents followed a series of inspections by MHRA officials that highlighted deficiencies at the Runcorn site where Calea and Fresenius Kabi operated. They included concerns that there was no investigation regime in place to identify potential defects and prevent future recurrence when defective products were detected.

Alastair Jeffrey, MHRA head of enforcement, said: "Fresenius Kabi Ltd and Calea UK Ltd are equally responsible for the medicinal failure that was a major contributing factor in the tragic death of Neil Judge, who was deprived of the vital insulin his body needed because of a serious manufacturing error.

"Thankfully the patient who was administered an overdose of Tobramycin was relatively unharmed, but the consequences could have been more serious had hospital staff not responded to his complaints.

"The two companies are very closely linked, and the onus is on them both to produce and supply products that are fit for purpose and that conform to precise specifications for each and every batch.

"I hope this case serves as a clear reminder to others, as MHRA will not hesitate to take enforcement action when serious failings occur."

Retired pit nurse pens memoir

A retired pit nurse from Doncaster whose 46 year career saw her rescuing trapped miners and supporting them during the strike has taken on her next challenge - writing her memoir. 82-year-old Joan Hart's book about her life nursing underground is due to be published later this month.

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East Yorks GP starts petition against Government's 'New Deal'

It was supposed to be a scheme to help the under-pressure NHS. But the Health Secretary's so-called 'New Deal', which includes recruiting new doctors and seven day a week GP access - has prompted a rebellion from GPs across the country.

One doctor from East Yorkshire has started a petition - which gathered more than 3000 signatures in just a few days - demanding the Government scraps the plans. Helen Steel reports.

Mother launches fundraising appeal in memory of son

A mother has launched a fundraising appeal for the air ambulance team who tried to saver her son's life.

Oliver Franklin, from Cleethorpes, was just 19 when he died in an accident earlier this year.

His mother, Kirsty, is now on a fundraising mission Oliver's memory. Adam Fowler reports

To find out more about Kirsty's fundraising appeal visit www.facebook.com/OliverFranklinFundraising

'Be a Hero' plea for organ donors

Be a Hero campaign

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is launching a new ‘Be a Hero’ campaign in a bid to encourage more Yorkshire residents to sign the donor register.

Whilst nearly everyone would take a donated organ if they needed one, only around a third of the population have joined the Organ Donor Register. There are more than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant and of these, three a day will die waiting.

Health bosses say this figure could be reduced if more people signed up to the organ donor register. ‘Be a Hero’ has created a new emblem highlighting that you don’t have to be a superhero to save a life. For those involved in organ donation, a hero can come in many forms. It might be the donor who saved your life. It might be the family that consented to it, the Specialist Nurse who accompanied the family of a donor through the organ donation process, or the surgeon who transplanted your new organ.

We are proud to launch the ‘Be a Hero’ campaign and discover real life heroes across Yorkshire. Last year, just over 100 people in Yorkshire donated an organ after their death. Together these amazing individuals provided 294 lifesaving transplants. Sadly there are still nearly 800 people in Yorkshire waiting for a transplant. Just one organ donor can transform the lives of up to nine people and if more families felt sure of their loved one’s wishes to be a donor, more lives could be saved.

– Dr Simon Flood, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Kim Richards and Jayne Fisher joined Gaynor Barnes and John Shires in the Calendar studio, to stress the importance of signing up to the donor register.

Kim has already had a kidney transplant and is now waiting for another. Jayne Fisher is in charge of organ donation services in the Calendar region.

The Leeds Transplant Centre at LTHT has been providing complex specialist organ transplantation services for the Yorkshire and Humber region for over 25 years. It is the third largest liver transplant unit in the UK, a leading centre for ‘live related’ transplants and a regional centre for renal transplants. You can find out here more about organ donation and join the NHS Organ Donor Register or by calling 0300 123 23 23 - please remember to reference the Yorkshire 'Be A Hero' campaign.

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