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Tragic Poppy-Mai: petition to be heard in Parliament

Poppy-Mai Credit: Facebook

MPs are going to hear from the family of a little girl from Blackburn who died from a rare brain tumour.

It has been confirmed that a petition by Poppy-Mai's parents will be debated in parliament today.

She was just 17 months old when she died.

Her parents have been fighting since that day to raise awareness of childhood cancers.

After getting more than 110,000 signatures on their petition they have been told it will be discussed in Parliament on the 28th of November.

They want the government to give more funding to help fight childhood cancers.

They also say there should be more genetic testing and research.


WATCH: Staff at trust disciplined after damning report

The Medical Director of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has told Granada Reports that staff have been disciplined following the deaths of mothers and babies. Professor Matthew Makin said there was no intention to hide the damning information that came to light in a 'Freedom of Information' report. He spoke to Lucy earlier and gave his reaction to the report's shocking findings.

'Face of child cancer' Jessica Whelan dies aged four

'The true face of cancer'

A four-year-old girl whose battle with cancer was depicted in a poignant photograph shared by her father has died.

Jessica Whelan, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, died on Sunday morning after suffering from neuroblastoma - a rare form of cancer.

Her parents released a picture of her in pain in a bid to show people “the true face of cancer.”

The picture went viral, reaching half a million people in just 24 hours and promoted strangers to raise £76,000 so she could enjoy her final weeks.

Pop star Harry Styles got behind the campaign and contacted her family after being moved by the image.

Her father Andy revealed on Facebook that Jessica had 'finally found peace' after passing away at 7am.

Jessica Whelan

He said: "No longer does she suffer, no longer does she feel the pain of the physical constraints of her body.

"Now my princess has grown her angel wings and has gone up to play with her friends and loved ones. She will now watch down over her little brother and ourselves until one day we are reunited again."

He said they shared a final cuddle as he told her how much he loved her and that it was "okay for her to close her eyes".

He added: "It seems like this is what she needed to finally allow her to find comfort in her passing as within eight hours of this cuddle she finally took her final breath.

"She was a daddy’s girl from the start and even right up to the end."

I feel like a massive part of me has just been torn away but I am so glad that I could give her that comfort in her final hours. She passed peacefully and calmly with not even a murmur.

– Andy


The Christie is rated as "outstanding"

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The quality of care provided by The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has been rated outstanding after an inspection by the CQC. The Christie cancer centre serves people across Greater Manchester and Cheshire as well as patients referred from across the UK.

Inspectors gave the rating to the trust for being effective, caring, responsive and well-led.

This is testament to the dedicated, expert staff in every Christie department and site who work tirelessly to give the very best care and treatment to our cancer patients.

– The Christie’s Chief Executive, Roger Spencer

Lives at risk after ambulance response times doubled

The leader of the Liberal Democrats claims some ambulance response times have more than doubled putting lives at risk.

Tim Farron says the figures relate to non-life threatening 999 calls.

The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale says the extended waiting times, coupled with long travel distances, could mean a patient's condition deteriorating.

The service is yet to respond to the claims.

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