Doctors working at hospitals in Greater Manchester, where services are under threat, claim a health service shake-up will put lives at risk.
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Tameside Hospital has a new chief executive.... Karen James took over on a temporary basis in July 2013 and has now taken up the post permanently. Hospital bosses are still smarting from a recent damning report which ordered them to make improvements in safety and quality standards.
The Care Quality Commission visited Tameside in January 2014. Inspectors found that staff had a lack of understanding about mental health law and discovered one patient who had been unlawfully detained for "several days". Karen James was brought in to turn things around at the hospital.
Speaking about her appointment Ms James said "The hospital has made huge steps over the last 12 months We still have a long way to go on our path, but I am delighted to have the opportunity to play a role in getting this hospital firmly back on its feet"
A conference has been looking at ways of helping to tackle the growing problem of loneliness among the elderly.
It's claimed feelings of loneliness or isolation can have a worse impact on our health than obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Amy Welch looks at the issue:-
The health service in Greater Manchester is facing the biggest shake up in its history and what happens next could be rolled out across the rest of the NHS.
Those behind the proposed reforms say at the moment people are dying needlessly, and the NHS must modernise.
They want the views of 3 million people in a major public consultation.
Concern has already been raised though about the costs and the impact on some local hospitals.
Greater Manchester is facing the biggest shake up in the history of the NHS.
People are dying needlessly, services are patchy - and those behind the reforms say our health service must modernise.
They say, to do nothing is not an option.
Our correspondent, Matt O'Donoghue, reports:
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Tim Scott has the story:
As the school summer holidays approach Cumbria Fire Service is warning campers, visiting the Lake District, to beware the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Barbecues and petrol or diesel generators can all give off the deadly gas. And people are being warned not to bring them into caravans or tents and to carry a portable detector.
A new lung cancer initiative is being launched in Manchester to bring together top researchers in the fight against the disease. A 'centre of excellence' will combine skills from experts at places including the Christie and University of Manchester to come up with new treatments.
Cancer Research UK hope by drawing together world class research and medical expertise, lung cancer patients nationwide will benefit. The Centre will foster strong links with the local community, increasing awareness of the world-class cancer research taking place right on their doorstep.
– Professor Caroline Dive, Manchester lead from the Cancer Research UK
“We are delighted to have been chosen as Cancer Research UK’s first Lung Cancer Centre of Excellence. By establishing the Centre jointly at Manchester and UCL, we are bringing together internationally renowned expertise across the full spectrum of lung cancer research.”
Creating this new focal point for lung cancer research will help recruit global leaders in this field of research, adding further strength to the UK’s reputation for world class research.
Lisa Parkisson was elated after giving birth at the Royal Oldham Hospital.
But just two days later, nurses phoned her family to say she was dangerously ill.
The hospital say they're carrying out their own investigation into what happened.
Our correspondent Rob Smith spoke to Lisa's family: