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" Tens of thousands" allege abuse: Mann

The number of people coming forward with allegations about historic child abuse is set to reach "many tens of thousands", a local MP has warned.

Labour backbencher John Mann, who has been campaigning on the issue, said the state "can't deal with" the volume of claims that are being made.

He insisted there was too much focus on who was going to run the Government's troubled inquiry into paedophile activity, and suggested a national institute needed to be created to make progress.

His comments, on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, come with the shape of the wide-ranging probe ordered by Home Secretary Theresa May still mired in uncertainty.

Two candidates for chair - former judge Baroness Butler-Sloss and ex-Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf - have already had to stand aside over their establishment links.

But Mr Mann said there had been too much emphasis on individuals.

"It's not just about who chairs an inquiry, it's about what the remit of an inquiry should be, who else should be sat on that inquiry, who should be advising it.

"As an example, one of the things that survivors' groups are calling for in the discussions I've had with them is for government to set up a national institute to take forward this work on what you do with all these people coming forward.

"Probably, it's going to be many tens of thousands of people across the country. The state can't deal with the numbers of people coming forward.

"The police and social services cannot cope with the volume that's there, even now. And we're hardly at the beginning of people coming forward.

"I'm getting vast numbers of people, including my constituents, coming forward making allegations. Many of those people came forward in the past and weren't listened to or weren't believed.

"And that's a key part of the problem. What do you do with people making allegations against people, and nothing was done in the past, when the people they're making allegations against in some cases are dead?"

– John Mann MP. Lab. Bassetlaw

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Mann calls for independent inquiry into Thatcher's handling of miners' strike

John Mann MP Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Bassetlaw MPJohn Mann is demanding a full independent inquiry into Margaret Thatcher's handling of the miners' strike

The Labour MP is backing a parliamentary resolution which calls for an independent investigation following the revelation that Thatcher's Government had a secret hit list of 70 pits that it intended to close - a fact that the Cabinet at the time vigorously denied.

Mr Mann, who had his telephone tapped in 1984 whilst fundraising for the families of striking miners, has added his name to Early Day Motion 918, which currently has the signatures of 22 MPs.

Hospitals 'coming under increasing pressure'

The Chief Executive of the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mike Pinkerton says the trust is providing more beds because of increasing admissions over the last few years.

There has been a noticeable rise in the number of seriously unwell patients who need hospital care.

– Mike Pinkerton, Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The majority are frail older people, often with long-term conditions like heart or lung disease. This has had knock-on consequences nationally, with bed capacity close to 100% in many hospitals.

£7million investment at Doncaster & Bassetlaw hospitals

The health trust that runs Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Montagu Hospital in Mexborough is investing £7m in extra nursing and beds this year.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has pledged to increase capacity at its three hospitals by 80 beds between now and autumn because of increasing numbers of emergency patients. The Trust is also recruiting additional nurses across its hospitals.

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