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Mother: Mental health care 'has saved me'

A mother who suffered pre and post natal depression is backing a campaign to make sure all women suffering from maternal mental health problems should receive the care they need.

Claire Crane, who is originally from Derby, spent four months in a mother and baby psychiatric unit to treat her postnatal depression. But the Maternal Mental Health Alliance says many women do not receive the right treatment because of a postcode lottery and lack of investment.

Claire says her treatment saved her life.

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Midland charity worker in Liberia to help fight Ebola

A charity worker based in Hereford has been dispatched to Liberia to help in the fight against Ebola.

David Darg, who works for Operation Blessing, is showing local teams how to make chlorine disinfectant to allow people to keep themselves clean and reduce the risk of spreading.

Operation Blessing is shipping out protective clothing to Liberia Credit: PA

Operation Blessing is also shipping in containers of hazmat suits, which have to be burned after use and replaced with fresh kit, as well as delivering basic food and soap to families of Ebola victims, who are often banned from leaving their homes and abandoned by neighbours.


Hospital bosses speaking to the government about debts

Bosses at an NHS trust in Nottinghamshire have admitted they are speaking to the government about managing its debts.

The figures were obtained by local Liberal Democrats. Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It is after new figures published today show the trust which runs King's Mill Hospital in Sutton in Ashfield is having to pay more than £3 million per month to service its debts.

It is true that the costs associated with the PFI contract remain expensive, but the facilities on offer to patients and their families at our hospitals are some of the best in the country.

At King’s Mill Hospital over 50% of our rooms are single occupancy, infection rates across the Trust remain low and patients consistently rate our ward environments highly in national surveys.

We continue to proactively manage the costs related to ourPFI and are in discussion with Monitor and the Department of Health to achieve a permanent solution.

– Paul O'Connor, Chief Executive of Sherwood Forest Hospitals

Nottinghamshire hospital trust 'drowning' in debt

New figures show the trust which runs King's Mill Hospital in Sutton in Ashfield in Nottinghamshire is having to pay more than £3 million per month, to service its debts.

The figures have been obtained by the Liberal Democrats Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Liberal Democrats based locally obtained the figures by a Freedom of Information request.

They show the PFI (private finance initiative) deal to fund the redevelopment of the hospital is £289.9m, with a monthly cost of £3.29m.

This is the biggest scandal our NHS has ever seen.

We knew the debt problem was bad but not quite on this scale.

Our hospital will have cost us £2.5 billion by the time we've paid the money back.

This for a hospital that only cost £298.9m to build.

It is a disgraceful waste of taxpayer's money.

All because Labour decided to use the private sector to fund the hospital.

It is especially galling when you find out there was an option to fund the rebuild through the public sector."

– Councillor Jason Zadrozny

Ebola screening set to be introduced at Birmingham Airport

Passengers at Birmingham Airport could soon be screened for the Ebola virus, according to the Health Secretary.

Ebola virus Credit: Frederick Murphy/DPA/Press Association Images

Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons that contingency plans have been drawn up to introduce checks on those who are believed to be at risk coming into the Midlands airport.

He revealed there could be as many as ten cases in the UK in coming weeks.

We think we will reach 89 per cent of people arriving in the UK from the affected countries. We will continue to review that and if the numbers increase and the risk level justifies it, we have contingency plans to expand the screening to Birmingham and Manchester.”

– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

The Ebola virus has killed 4,000 people during the current epidemic in West Africa, making it the largest outbreak since the virus was discovered nearly 40 years ago.

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