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Formal apology expected to follow 'tainted blood' report

Thousands given tainted blood Credit: PA

The Government is expected to apologise today to thousands of people who were given tainted blood during routine blood transfusions

Glenn Wilkinson from Hull was among them. He contracted Hepatitis C 20 years ago. He is in Scotland today for the publication of a report into what has been described as one of the biggest disasters of the NHS.

The Penrose inquiry has taken six years to complete and a formal apology in the House of Commons to those affected is expected to follow its publication later this morning.

Victims of 'tainted blood' scandal still seeking justice

Thousands of people who were infected with deadly diseases during routine blood transfusions a quarter of a century ago are fighting for justice.

The tainted blood scandal has been described as one of the biggest disasters of the NHS. Those affected are awaiting the publication of a report, which they hope will finally give them both the answers and the recognition they've been looking for.

Some contracted HIV - others Hepatitis C.

One of those with hepatitis C is Glenn Wilkinson from Hull. Tomorrow he will be in Edinburgh where the results of the six-year long inquiry will be released.

This report from James Webster includes photos showing the medical effects of Mr Wilkinson's condition:


Free hospital transport resumes for ill tot

The mother of a one-year-old from Cleethorpes says her fears over getting him to and from hospital appointments have been eased after the NHS contacted her to say free transport would be provided.

Free hospital transport resumes for ill tot

One-year-old Bobby Pullen has chronic lung disease and needs regular medical assistance, meaning he can't safely be transported long distances or taken on public transport. His mum Tamsen told Calendar she had been told the family no longer qualified for transport out of the Grimsby area - despite having an operation booked in Sheffield at the end of this month.

Tamsen has now been told that free transport will be provided to bring Bobby to his operation in Sheffield.

Mother speaks out about hospital transport fears

A mother from Cleethorpes says she's scared and worried after being told she'll no longer be provided free transport by the NHS to take her seriously ill son to hospital for operations. One-year-old Bobby Pullen has chronic lung disease and needs regular medical assistance, meaning he can't safely be transported long distances or taken on public transport. His mum Tamsen says she's been told the family no longer qualifies for transport out of the Grimsby area - despite having an operation booked in Sheffield at the end of this month.

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Herbal impotence tablets in arsenic poisoning scare

Men who buy herbal impotence supplements over the internet have been warned to be on their guard after tablets originating in Birmingham were found to contain "dangerously high levels" of arsenic.

The black tablet sold as a 'herbal supplement' for impotence Credit: West Yorkshire Police

A man from Leeds suffered suspected arsenic poisoning after ingesting black tablets he had purchased over the internet from BMG Herbal Products in Birmingham, police said.

The man had also been taking red and silver tablets, which were not found to contain arsenic.

A 51-year-old man from the West Midlands was arrested and bailed on suspicion of selling non-medicinal poison.

We would urge anyone who has purchased black tablets from BMG Herbal Products, which are being sold as herbal supplements for impotence, to stop taking them, make contact with West Yorkshire Police or West Midlands Police via 101.

They are also urged to seek immediate medical advice if they are experiencing any adverse symptoms.

– Detective Sergeant Steve King, of Leeds District CID


Matthew's story: help and support

A father from Beverley has taken the tough decision to speak to hundreds of students about his son's death. Matthew Graham took his own life five years ago. Now, his father Dennis works with suicide prevention charity Papyrus to talk to young people about spotting the signs - and looking after each other. Helen Steel reports.

Suicide is the main cause of death in young people under the age of 35. According to the latest official statistics announced earlier this year, in 2013 there were 6,233 suicides in the United Kingdom by people aged over 15. More than 1,500 of these were under 35. Three quarters of them were young men.

In Yorkshire and the Humber 117 young people under the age of 35 died by suicide in 2013. 96 of those who took their own lives were young men.

Every year in the UK between 600 and 800 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 take their own lives - a number equivalent to the population of a small secondary school. In England and Wales alone around 24,000 attempted suicides are made by 10 to 19 year olds - one every 20 minutes.

  • For confidential practical advice on suicide prevention for young people and those who care for them: HOPELineUK phone 0800 068 41 41, text 07786 209 497, email
  • If there's something that's troubling you, you can talk to the Samaritans: phone 08457 90 90 90, email or visit your local branch

Ward closed in Grimsby hospital due to sickness outbreak

One ward has been closed at Grimsby’s Diana Princess of Wales Hospital due to an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Credit: Press Association

Ward B6 is currently closed to admissions due to an outbreak or diarrhoea and vomiting.

Patients from the ward will not be discharged to nursing or residential homes while they remain an infection risk and we have closed the ward to new admissions.

The infection prevention and control team is reviewing the situation daily and regular and frequent disinfection is being carried out on the ward to contain the outbreak.

– Dr Peter Cowling

Visitors who have been suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting are urged not to come to the hospital until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.

Staff are being advised not to come to work if they have symptoms and to stay off for 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped, as they will be infectious to others during this period.

If you have symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting you should follow this advice:

  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains
  • If you feel like eating, eat foods that are easy to digest
  • Stay at home – don't go to see your GP because diarrhoea and vomiting is contagious and there's nothing your GP can do while you have it
  • Contact your GP to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness.

Schools urged to teach CPR to students

Campaigners are trying to sign up more schools to teach lifesaving skills to their students.

The British Heart Foundation's already got more than a hundred schools training pupils to perform CPR in an emergency and now they want hundreds of more schools to do the same.

James Webster has been to see one such lesson in progress and find out how the technique saved the life of one man in East Yorkshire:

Heart transplant family urge people to join donor list

One of the most difficult decisions any family has to make is whether to donate the organs of a loved one to help save another life. More than 200 people have died waiting for organ donations in the last five years in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, and there are over than 850 people waiting for donations at the moment. Mark Gough has been talking to one family who know more than most about the need for donors.

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