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WATCH: Morecambe Bay maternity scandal hearing opens

Eleven babies and a mother died in the Morecambe Bay maternity scandal. An independent investigation found there was a "lethal mix" of failures and described the maternity unit at Furness General Hospital as "seriously dysfunctional".

Today a midwife at the centre of that scandal faced a misconduct hearing

Our correspondent Amy Welch has been at the hearing in London.

Ina statement the Nursing and Midwifery Council say:

It is clear that these cases have taken far too long to conclude and I would like to sincerely apologise again to the families of those affected.

As an organisation we are focused on ensuring that we learn the lessons of the past. We have already made a number of changes to ensure that cases never take this long to conclude again.

– Nursing and Midwifery Council


WATCH: Student with eating disorder "let down" by health professionals

A medical student in Lancaster - who felt let down by health professionals treating her eating disorder - is reaching out to her fellow student doctors with a film giving a powerful insight into the illness. Harriet Davis enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign giving young people a voice - in the hope she can improve understanding in the future.

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  1. Amy Welch, Correspondent

WATCH: Ambulance took "2 1/2 hours to get dying man to hospital".

An inquest has heard how a pensioner died after it took paramedics more than two and a half hours to get to him hospital. Richard Hansbury, from Wigan, bled to death after a fall at his sheltered accommodation. After a 999 call an ambulance should've been with him in less than eight minutes. Paramedics finally got him to hospital two hours and forty minutes later.

Manchester United hero Andrew Cole hopes for coaching role after kidney transplant

Former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole is looking forward to a life in football again as he continues his recovery from a kidney transplant following a two-year battle with illness.

The 45-year-old, who won the treble with the Red Devils 18 years ago, underwent surgery at Manchester Royal Infirmary in April as part of his treatment for Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, a condition which causes scarring of the kidneys.

His 28-year-old nephew Alexander provided the donor kidney - "a noble job" as Cole described it.

The former England international is now focused on returning to the game, as he has ambitions to coach and has already been lined up as assistant manager to Bryan Robson for the United Legends' two-legged game against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in June and Old Trafford in September.

All proceeds will go to the Manchester United Foundation's work across the city.


Protest at plans to close breastfeeding centre

Blackpool mums are campaigning to save a local breastfeeding peer support service, after the Council announced it's closing the service completely at the end of June. Star Buddies are trained peer supporters and mums who have breastfed their own babies. In the last 10 years they have helped thousands of mums and babies in Blackpool. They see mums before they have their babies, in the first two days after they're born at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, and then they call them and visit them at home for the next 6 weeks to help them with any problems.

Its reported the council have said health visitors can help mums instead. But protestors say it would be impossible for health visitors to offer anywhere like the level of support currently available.

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust returns to normal after cyber attack

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Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has revealed that its computer systems are back to normal after Friday's cyber-attack.

The Trust runs Ormskirk and District General Hospital, Southport and Formby District General Hospital and provides healthcare in the community to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer, said:

The Trust staff have been working tirelessly to return computer systems and clinical services back to normal since Friday’s cyber-attack on the NHS.

We reduced the number of planned services earlier in the week to ensure we continued to provide safe care for our patients.

From tomorrow all our services are returning to normal and patients with appointments should now attend as usual. There may, however, be some delays in clinics and we apologise in advance for these.

We will be in contact with patients whose appointments were stood down and, again, our apologies for the disruption caused to your care which was beyond our control.

– Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer

Christopher Eccleston opens dementia 'hub' in Salford

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Salford actor and Dr Who star Christopher Eccleston has opened a special hub for people with dementia in his home city of Salford.

His father Ronnie lived with Alzheimer's for 12 years before his death in 2012, and he believes we can all learn much from the bravery of people who live with Alzheimer's and dementia.

The Salford Institute for Dementia 'Hub' at Salford University will offer a number facilities for those with the condition, and their carers.

It's part of a series of events being held to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

The new hub will put the University of Salford at the heart of the community and provide a real focal point for people living with dementia as well as their carers.

The events taking place here to mark Dementia Awareness Week will provide a great opportunity for anyone who's been affected by dementia to find out about the work being done here in Salford, as well as across the North West and further afield, to help people living with the condition.

– Professor Anthea Innes, Director of the Salford Institute for Dementia

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