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Trading Standards discover pork in beef products, full report

The horsemeat scandal has prompted the Food Standards Agency to ask a number of local authorities to carry out random tests.

Staffordshire County Council have already removed all processed beef from their school menus.

Trading Standards officers in Leicestershire have now found traces of pork in beef products taken from supermarkets and takeaways.

Jane Hesketh reports.

Alexandra Hospital A&E department downgraded, full report

The A & E department at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch is to be downgraded. The plans are part of a review by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which has to save £50 million over three years.

It would mean the most seriously injured patients will be taken by ambulance to other hospitals including the Royal Worcester and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Charlotte Grant reports.


A&E at Alexandra Hospital could be downgraded

Alexandra Hospital Credit: PA

Under plans to shake-up NHS services, the Accident and Emergency department at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch could be downgraded.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have put forward proposals that could mean some A&E patients are treated at Worcestershire Royal.

The trust said in a statement that stroke, major trauma and surgical emergency patients would be affected and could be treated at Worcester. That would be enhanced to deal with the more serious cases.

The Redditch site would remain operational, however, with about 75% of the current cases continuing to be treated.

Children's and women's services at Redditch may also be affected under plans to centralise care at Worcester.

All three of its hospitals in Redditch, Worcester and Kidderminster will remain open.

Man dies after Redditch street attack

Police have started a murder investigation after a man was attacked in Redditch.

The 50-year-old man, who has not been identified by police, was attacked in Sillins Avenue at approximately 12.25am this morning.

Officers believe he got into an argument with a group of people as he was walking home from the Kings Arms pub. He was punched and fell to the ground. He was taken to Alexandra Hospital before being transferred to the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry because of a head injury.

The man’s life support was switched off this afternoon and detectives are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the attack or has any information.

“This was a terrible attack on an innocent man which has led to him losing his life. We believe there may have been between four and six people in the group who carried out the assault. This group may have been a mixture of males and females.

“We would appeal to anyone who can shed any light on the circumstances of the attack to get in touch with us as soon as possible. We have a number of inquiries to follow up and the public’s help is vital in making sure we have a full picture of what went on”.

– Detective Inspector Adam Hartwright, West Mercia Police

'Disgust' at Redditch hospital failings

A hospital trust in the Midlands is paying out almost half a million pounds in compensation after what human rights lawyers have called "appalling" failures of care at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he is 'disgusted' at what he has heard. In one of the worst cases, an 86-year-old former nurse was left unwashed for 11 weeks. Her son has been speaking to our reporter Charlotte Grant.


Hospital issue statement on failings in care

"While the trust has accepted that certain aspects of care afforded to some patients fell below the standard they where entitled to, some of these cases were more than a decade old.

"A number of very serious allegations made by the families of deceased patients are not borne out by the medical records. [...]

"Nevertheless, the trust accept that the care afforded to some patients some years ago between 2002 - 2009 fell below the requisite standards and has apologised for the short comings.

"The trust is committed to delivering the very best care to its patients and will continue to strive for excellence."

– Statement from the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch
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Prince Charles calls for 'human kindness' in NHS

The Prince of Wales has made a direct plea to doctors and nurses to listen to their patients and to show them “human kindness” following reports of patient neglect at a hospital in Worcestershire.

In an article in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the prince said the industry must "listen and honour what is being said and not said by patients".

He added that a health service's vision should acknowledge "physical and social environment, education, agriculture and architecture".

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