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Health boss faces questions in health trust investigation

Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of the National Health Service is due to be interviewed as part of the investigation into University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The investigation follows a series of damning reports which said major failings means the deaths of mothers and babies were not properly investigated. A panel has been looking into midwifery care at Furness General hospital after a report by the health ombudsman identified serious errors in the care provided. Investigation chairman, Dr Bill Kirkup, a former deputy chief medical officer at the Department of Health, said interviews would be held in the presence of families only due to “sensitive and personal clinical matters”.

NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh will face questions Credit: PA

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Ebola screening to be extended to Manchester airports

Ebola screening is to be extended to Manchester Airport Credit: PA

Ebola screening for travellers arriving in Britain from affected areas in West Africa is to be extended to Manchester and Birmingham airports, the head of Public Health England has said.

In his weekly message to staff, Duncan Selbie said that once the existing measures covering Heathrow, Gatwick and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras had "settled", they would be rolled out to other ports of entry.

Next week the focus will be on Gatwick and St Pancras and, once settled there, we will then move to include Manchester and Birmingham," he said.

I appreciate very much that we are taking people away from their normal work, and please be assured that we are thinking hard and listening carefully to those on the ground to see how we can make this more sustainable.

What I am certain of is that we have the people who know how to keep the country safe and that is exactly what we will do.

– Duncan Selbie, head of Public Health England.

Merseyside High Security psychiatric hospital staff to strike

Staff at Ashworth high security psychiatric hospital are to go on strike. Credit: PA

Prison officers at three high security psychiatric hospitals, including Ashworth in Merseyside, are to go on strike in the bitter dispute with the Government over health workers' pay.

Members of the Prison Officers Association at Broadmoor in Berkshire, Rampton in Nottinghamshire and Ashworth will walk out for four hours from 7am on October 24.

The POA said a "high proportion" of its 1,300 members involved in the dispute would not receive a pay rise this year following the Government's controversial decision not to accept a recommended 1% wage increase for all NHS staff.

Midwives, nurses, ambulance crews and other NHS workers staged a four-hour strike in England and Northern Ireland on Monday in the same dispute.

It is regrettable that we are having to take this action, but we believe the Government was entirely wrong to interfere with the recommendations of the NHS pay review body.

"Our members are angry they have been treated in this manner. They do a dangerous job on behalf of society and deserve to be treated fairly."

– Steve Gillan, general secretary of the Prison Officers Association
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