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Nottingham to hold conference calling for an end to FGM

A conference is being held in Nottingham later to try and tackle rising rates of Female Genital Mutilation in the city.

Local hospitals say that up to 200 new cases of FGM have been reported each year since 2010 - but one survivor says that number is masking the real number because people are scared to come forward.

Up to 200 new cases of FGM are reported in Nottingham every year. Credit: Gerard Fritz/Eye Ubiquitous

The focus of the event is about coming up with an action plan to get more people reporting FGM, and to ensure that support organisations have the right services in place for survivors and those at risk.

Valentine Nyoko, who is a survivor of FGM moved to Nottingham to study last year.

Valetine, who has organised today's conference, says there wasn't enough community engagement around FGM, so she set up the Mojatu Foundation to empower survivors and protect people at risk.

Her Foundation is being supported by police, local authorities and women's organisations.

Because FGM is illegal, survivors are scared to report it because they feel they'll get people in trouble.

It's a cycle that needs to be broken and that can only be done in the heart of the community.

– Valentine Nyoko, the Mojatu Foundation

For more information, visit the Mojatu Foundation website

See our special investigation on FGM - We found British girls were regularly being taken abroad to be subjected to female genital mutilation.

British doctors in Australia urged to return home

NHS trusts in the Midlands have put out an advert urging British doctors working in Australia to return home and practise in the UK.

Doctors down under are being urged to come back to the UK Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

British GPs working overseas have been targeted by an advertisement placed in two medical magazines urging them to return home and practise in the UK.

The advert by NHS England's Shropshire and Staffordshire area team and Health Education Midlands was one of the most popular to have ever run on the Australian doctor website.

Dr Ken Deacon, medical director of the North Midlands at NHS England said the advert was to address the 'national shortage' of qualified GPs due to new recruits being outnumbered by retirements.


Whistleblowing review to be published later

A review into whistleblowing in the NHS will be published later, two years after a report found that failings at Stafford Hospital contributed to hundreds of patient deaths.

A general view of Stafford Hospital Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

It comes after the former chair of the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry was asked by the Government last June to consider what action was necessary to protect NHS workers who speak out in the public interest.

More than 100 Nottingham school boys given heart scan

Health experts say help is at hand if a problem is identified early Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

More than 100 school boys in Nottingham have been given a heart scan as part of a campaign to raise awareness about cardiac problems among young people.

12 youngsters die of undiagnosed heart conditions every week in the UK.

Health experts say help is at hand if a problem is identified early.

Two Midlands hospital trusts still have 'higher than expected death rates' - despite special measures

Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sherwood Forest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust had "higher than expected" death rates at the end of 2013/14, according to healthcare analysts Dr Foster.

Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The reports examines 11 trusts and found that overall there had been a "significant reduction" in the overall death rate following special measures, which it credits for saving hundreds of lives.

George Eliot Hospital Trust in Nuneaton - which has now moved out of special measures - has seen falling death rates.

Researchers found the overall death rate across the 11 trusts has fallen by nearly 10% since special measures were introduced, compared to the national average fall of 3.3%.

Sherwood Forest and United Lincolnshire trusts had falling deaths rates in line with the average. Burton Hospitals Trust showed a "flat line" in death rates.


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Lincoln outpatients department gets £600k revamp

Building work costing almost £600,000 is being carried out to improve Lincoln County Hospital’s outpatients department.

Building work costing almost £600,000 is being carried out to improve Lincoln County Hospital’s outpatients department. Credit: Press Association

The first phase of the revamp is the creation of a central reception area for many of the clinics near the main outpatient entrance.

This will be followed by improvements to clinical areas including the upgrade of treatment rooms to improve access for disabled patients, particularly people in wheelchairs.

Signs guiding people around the outpatient area will be improved along with installation of more effective and efficient lighting.

The total cost of the work will be £580,000

There will be some disruption as we will continue to run each and every clinic while the upgrade takes place. Some clinics will move to other parts of the hospital during the building programme and information about the nearest car parks and the best entrance to use will be included in appointment letters so it is important that patients look out for possible changes.

– Sandra Hayes,
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