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Comedian Rory Bremner calls for more support for ADHD

BAFTA Scotland Awards in Glasgow Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner is speaking at a conference in Liverpool seeking to help children with ADHD.

Rory was diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as an adult in 2011 after seeing similarities when his young nephew. He became a Patron of the ADHD Foundation in 2013.

He says more needs to be done to help youngsters with the condition

The conference has attracted speakers from the USA, France, Italy and Ireland

The aim is to produce a detailed report to help influence policy, provision and best practice across the UK.


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Government 'acting like tin-pot dictatorship' over strike

The Government has been accused of acting "like some tin-pot dictatorship" with its plans to send in the Army and police to cover for striking health workers on Monday.

Christina McAnea, the worker union Unison's Head of Health, told ITV News the proposals were "astonishing".

Midwives, nurses, ambulance drivers and other NHS staff in England will walk out for four hours on Monday in a row over pay, while health workers in Northern Ireland will also take action.

Christie boss resigns after Ibiza expenses investigation

The chief executive of The Christie hospital has resigned following an investigation into expenses claimed to cover a trip to Ibiza.

Caroline Shaw was suspended by the cancer hospital for nine months during an investigation into expenses for a retreat in the Spanish resort, organised by members of the Young President’s Organisation, of which she had become a member with the Trust’s agreement.

The Christie Credit: ITV Granada

The hospital said the independent body responsible for the investigation, NHS Protect, will not be taking the matter further.

In a statement they said:

Mrs Shaw has now herself paid the expenses for this element of her involvement with the YPO, and the Trust has resolved to its satisfaction the issues of payments to Best Companies Ltd.

There is, therefore, no question of outstanding payment due to the Trust and the only expenditure by the Trust was legitimately incurred.

It is now over nine months since Mrs Shaw was suspended. The Trust believes the time has come to draw a line under this issue; and since Mrs Shaw has now tendered her resignation, the Trust has agreed terms for her departure which will take immediate effect. Mrs Shaw will receive six months pay in lieu of notice.

– The Christie

Social networking can help dementia and other health issues among the elderly

Encouraging pensioners, especially those in the early stages of dementia, to meet a wider network of friends can ease a range of health issues.

On World Mental Health Day, Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton want elderly people to connect with a wider group of friends. Charity worker Lauren Jones says those who do spend less time at their GP and in hospital.

She runs a "speed befriending" event where pensioners can meet dozens of new people in a single day.

Singing, and ending pensioners' isolation, can help dementia patients

A choir session for dementia patients and their carers Credit: ITV

Singing can help people with dementia, according to experts from Merseyside.

On World Mental Health day, pensioner support groups and those who help dementia patients, suggests that joining-in activities like choirs can be beneficial.

Pensioners attending Credit: ITV

Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton also say that "speed befriending" groups can ease wider health issues.

They invite pensioners to meet up with an array of strangers in a hall, spend a few minutes talking to each other, then move to speak to someone else.

The process helps reduce isolation. Those who take part, say the charity, spend less time at their GP and in hospital.


Headteacher of school at centre of Ebola row criticises parents 'misguided hysteria'

Kofi Mason-Sesay Credit: MEN Syndication

The headteacher of a Stockport school at the centre of an Ebola row has criticised parents for their 'misguided hysteria'. Nine year old Kofi Mason-Sesay, from Sierra Leone, was due to join classes at St Simon's Catholic Primary School in Hazel Grove as part of an arrangement with an education charity. The placement was cancelled after mums and dads said they were worried their children could become infected with the disease, despite him being cleared by health officials.

Kofi’s mum Miriam, who works with the Sierra Leone charity and travels around schools in the UK as part of regular fundraising drives, was told she will also not be allowed to visit the school.

The following letter was sent to parents yesterday:

I understand that there is a lot of misinformation about how Ebola is spread.

“A significant number of parents have been in touch with me to express their fears. As you know, I always listen to parents. Ebola cannot be spread as some parents have suggested.

“There are many parents who believe that the visit should have gone ahead and that we are contributing to misunderstandings by cancelling it.

“In this instance, it has been very hard to juggle justice to Miriam and the views of parents. Of course I would never endanger any child or colleague and I have to put my trust in the professionals.

“It is with great sadness that we decided to cancel the visit; the misguided hysteria emerging is extremely disappointing, distracting us from our core purpose of educating your children and is not an environment that I would wish a visitor to experience.”

– Head teacher Elizabeth Inman
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