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Could early diagnosis have saved cancer victim's life?

The family of a young mother who died of cervical cancer want to know whether her life could have been saved if she had been diagnosed earlier.

Keely Devine from Leeds, was 23 when she passed away. Despite complaining of symptoms during a number of trips to her GP and the A&E department of Leeds General Infirmary, the cancer wasn't picked up for over 2 years. Kate Walby reports.

A spokesperson from NHS England, West Yorkshire, said: "This is a tragic case and our thoughts are with Keely Devine's family. Out of respect for confidentiality, we will not be commenting on this individual patient's case.”

Man stable in hospital after stabbing

A 38-year-old man from Bradford is in a serious but stable condition after he was stabbed outside a pub in Crag Road, in Shipley, and taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

Three men aged 33, 38 and 39 along with a 38-year-old woman, all from Bradford, were arrested on suspicion of assault.

The assault took place around 6:30pm on Wednesday 21 August and anyone with further information is asked to call Airedale and North Bradford CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.**

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West Yorkshire hospital staff on strike

Leeds General Infirmary staff go on strike today

Blood-testing staff at three West Yorkshire hospitals will strike for 48 hours this week over patient safety.

Hospital pathologists, who test blood samples and monitor blood transfusions, will stage a walk-out at St James’ Hospital in Leeds, and Leeds and Bradford Infirmaries on Thursday and Friday.

It comes after a strike on July 16 over proposed changes to working patterns by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The country’s largest union, Unite, said the Trust's plans put staff and patient safety at risk and could mean significant pay cuts of up to £20,000 a year for workers.

Talks have been held to try to settle the dispute, which affects 140 staff, but union members say no progress has yet been made.

Unite regional officer Terry Cunliffe said: “We had offered to reconsider this week’s industrial action if the trust withdrew the threat to impose these shifts on our members, but...it has refused.

“We have a duty to fight such proposals and to bring this issue to the attention of the public," he added.

The strike will begin at 8.30am on Thursday and continue on Friday."

Children injured in inflatable slide

The deflated slide at Ripley
The deflated slide at Ripley Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Five people, some believed to be children, have been injured and taken to hospital after an inflatable slide was blown away in Ripley in North Yorkshire.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Officers have seized the slide and investigations are continuing at the scene.

"The Health and Safety Executive have been informed and are also attending the scene of the incident."

Hospital put on major alert after M62 minibus crash

Emergency services at M62 minibus crash
Emergency services at M62 minibus crash Credit: Pritpal Singh

Karl Milner, the executive director of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, tweeted: "[Leeds General Infirmary] major trauma centre put on alert following pile up on M62 near Castleford".

Motorists have been advised to use the M18 or M1 instead. The carriageway is not expected to reopen until 6pm tonight.

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Minister rejects heart unit claim

The Government played no part in the decision to suspend children's heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary, peers were told today.

Health minister Earl Howe said the decision was taken by the local health trust in agreement with the Care Quality Commission and NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh.

The Government strongly believes that it was the right thing to do.

It is absolutely right that the NHS should act quickly and decisively if there is any evidence that patient safety maybe at risk.

– Lord Howe

But Liberal Democrat Lord Shutt of Greetland warned there had been "murky internal health politicking" going on over the issue of children's heart surgery in Yorkshire.

Why is the Government determined to deny the people of Yorkshire a children's heart unit when Yorkshire has a population of 5.3 million - similar to Scotland, Denmark and Finland.

Yorkshire is double the size of the north east of England, where the Government is happy to see that region locally served.

– Lord Shutt of Greetland

Lord Howe said the premise of Lord Shutt's question was "incorrect", adding:

The Government has not taken a role in this matter. This is a matter which

the NHS has led. There's no agenda by the Government at all apart from our

desire to see the best possible children's cardiac services provided in this

country.

– Lord Howe

Children's heart surgery unit row doctor resigns

Professor Sir Roger Boyle has stepped down as director of the National Institute of Clinical Outcomes Research. He has been at the centre of the row over the future of the Leeds Children's Heart Surgery Unit.

He said that he would not want his daughter to be treated at Leeds. The comments led to him being taken off the review team that is overseeing changes to children's heart surgery.

Breaking: Sir Roger Boyle will not take part in any investigations into Leeds heart unit

Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, has tweeted:

"Secretary of State announces that Sir Roger Boyle will play no further part in the Safe & Sustainable review."

Professor Sir Boyle had faced demands to step down over his claims that he would still not want his daughter to receive treatment at Leeds General Infirmary – even though it has reopened following a Government review.

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