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Liverpool chosen as Northern HQ for doctors group

Liverpool has been chosen as the new Northern headquarters for one of the world’s most renowned medical institutions – The Royal College of Physicians (RCP). The investment deal is being hailed as more proof of a committment to the Northern Powerhouse championed by former Chancellor George Osborne.
It will be the RCP's first centre of excellence outside London. Liverpool’s successful bid will see the RCP become the first anchor tenant of the Mayor of Liverpool’s £1bn flagship scheme to establish a world leading medical and scientific research hub. Its hoped it will lead to the creation of thousands of highly skilled jobs in the region.

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Desperate mum has to handcuff son to stop him hurting himself

A desperate mum claims she has to put her mentally ill son in handcuffs at home because of a lack of support from mental health services.

Joely Hignett says she has to physically restrain 24-year-old son Kyle Hignett, who has a borderline personality disorder and suffers from psychosis, to stop him from harming himself or others.

Joely who's from Warrington has released the video of Kyle sobbing and screaming to raise awareness of his condition - but said she feels 'let down' by the mental health system.

And a warning you may find this report by correspondent Amy Welch distressing.

Manchester surgeons keep the heart alive, and pumping, without ice

TV medical dramas always portray the rush to help transplant patients by showing medics, racing against the clock, carrying donor organs packed in ice. While that's often the reality, new technology has done away with the special cooler pack in some cases.

Surgeons in Manchester are now using a machine that can keep the heart alive, and pumping, without ice. It means organs can be healthier when they reach the operating theatre, allowing more transplants to go ahead.

This report from our correspondent Rob Smith contains graphic close up images from the start.

Isle of Man Government cannot justify funding for new Duchenne treatment

Kirstie Hesketh with 7-year-old Finley, who is the only boy eligible for Translarna on the IoM Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

A new drug treatment to help Duchenne muscular dystrophy sufferers walk for longer will not be funded on the Isle of Man.

The decision was made by the Department of Health and Social Care, who said this is based on advice from the IoM Clinical Recommendations Committee - because of the limited licence which the treatment has, more evidence to show that the drug is effective in slowing down the loss of walking ability would need to be submitted by the manufacturer.

Funding Translarna would cost the IoM Government an estimated £200,000 - £250,000 per year, which the DHSC said could not be justified.

When questioned by a local MHK, Kate Beecroft, regarding 7-year-old Finley Hesketh 's case, the Department's minister, Howard Quayle, replied that the drug will not be locally funded due to no evidence of effectiveness.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) publishes guidance for the NHS in England and Wales. NICE has issued a draft recommendation that Translarna should be available on the NHS in England and Wales for patients with nonsense mutation Duchenne as part of what is, in effect, an extended study designed to provide data on clinical outcomes.

NICE is proposing that this NHS funded study (which they call a managed access scheme) should run for five years, after which the outcomes and funding will be reviewed.

The island's Committee concluded funding for a clinical study could not be a priority over other calls for resources.

The Hesketh's have been campaigning for their son, Finley, to receive Translarna treatment Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

The Department has a limited budget with which to fund all health and social care for the people of the Isle of Man. It is not possible to fund everything that may be requested which means that difficult decisions on emotive issues have to be taken.

– Health and Social Care Minister, Howard Quayle

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