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Health Secretary "disgusted and appalled" at patient neglect

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he is "disgusted and appalled" at reports of patient neglect at a hospital in Worcestershire. The worst instance of mistreatment at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch was a patient starved to death, The Sunday Telegraph reported.

I am disgusted and appalled to read these accounts of what patients and their relatives went through.

These are examples of the sort of 'care' that should simply not happen in the NHS and there is no excuse for them.

We will be keeping a careful eye on this situation, and will take further action if necessary.

– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

The health trust concerned is writing to 38 families and is to admit its failings in each case, the newspaper said. In a statement, the trust issued an apology over its "shortcomings".

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Northampton Saints spread Christmas cheer at hospital

Northampton Saints players came bearing lots of gifts for those who won't be spending Christmas at home Credit: ITV Central

Northampton Saints players have been out on the rounds of a hospital ward to help spread some Christmas cheer. The team face Harlequins in the Premiership tomorrow, but they took time out from preparing for that clash to see patients on the children's ward at Northampton General Hospital.

They came bearing lots of gifts for those who won't be spending Christmas at home. Saints say they're expecting a tough game tomorrow.

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Birmingham City Hospital remains closed to visitors

Norovirus Credit: ITV Central News

Birmingham City Hospital remains closed to visitors today after an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus. Four wards are closed, one is due to open on Monday and visitors should be allowed from the end of next week.

There are some exceptions to the no visitor rule, including the maternity ward.

Follow this link to the ITV News page for advice if you feel unwell.

Birmingham hospital ward closed due to norovirus

Birmingham City Hospital has closed three wards in a bid to stem the growing number of people infected with the winter vomiting bug.

The wards have been closed due to the norovirus infection.

Recent figures from the Health Protection Agency show that more than three quarters of a million people could be affected by the norovirus outbreak.

Symptoms to watch out for are sickness and diarrhoea.

Prince Charles "boosts morale" at Birmingham hospital

Prince Charles has been in the region to visit military patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Staff and patients gathered to catch a glimpse of the Prince before he went to the military ward to carry out private visits.

He comes every year just before Christmas, bringing presents for servicemen and women injured in Afghanistan. Hospital staff say his visits help to boost morale.

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