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Mother fights for disabled son's 'lifesaving' equipment

A mother from Birmingham says her disabled son can't leave the house because the NHS has refused to pay for the equipment he needs.

Fourteen-year-old Hamid Hussain from Erdington has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and needs a machine to help him breathe.

Because he doesn't have a portable one he is effectively house bound.

Hamid's 19-year-old brother Ahmed, who has the same condition, did get funding for a 'cough-assist' machine, meaning he can enjoy more freedom, doing the things other teenagers do. The NHS says it does not 'routinely commission' the machines. Chris Halpin reports.

Norovirus forces wards to close at Pilgrim Hospital

Pilgrim Hospital Credit: Haydn West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Pilgrim Hospital in Boston in Lincolnshire has closed three wards and restricted admission to two because patients and staff have symptoms of norovirus.

The closures are a precaution to prevent further spread of the virus.

The wards will reopen once patients have been discharged and the area has been free from symptoms of the winter vomiting bug for up to 72 hours.

The hospital remains open.


Plans to support breastfeeding mothers announced

Plans to create more specialist roles to support breastfeeding mothers in Leicestershire have been announced.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust says it's working on doing more for breastfeeding mothers Credit: ITV News Central

More than 1,000 people had signed a petition fearing potential cuts to breastfeeding services.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust says it's working towards increasing local support, following a consultation into parents needs.

Nancy Cole reports:

Protesters say no confidence in trust running Alexandra hospital

A group which says it has no confidence in the Trust running the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch will protest outside the board's meeting in Kidderminster this morning.

Four A&E consultants quit earlier this month Credit: PA Wire

It comes weeks after all of the hospital's A&E consultants resigned.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said it was already looking for replacements.

But local MP Karen Lumley says she is confident the Trust will recover from the resignation of four A&E consultants.

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