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Pro-life group return to IoM in lead-up to abortion reform talks

Tynwald Parliament buildings in Douglas. Credit: ITV Granada

UK pro-life group Abort67 have returned to the Isle of Man to protest outside the government buildings in Douglas.

Despite complaints by some residents, the group aim to highlight their views while the House of Keys discusses abortion law reform this month.

The group have said they will be on-island until January 24th and wear body cameras to deter threats from locals.

MHK Dr Alex Allinson has spent a year working on proposals for a new abortion Bill, updating the current Termination of Pregnancy Act 1995.

WATCH: Desperate mum begs doctors to help her daughter with cannabis oil

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A desperate mother is begging doctors to treat her two-year-old daughter who suffers 100 epileptic fits a day with cannabis.

Her mum, Jenna Heary, wants doctors to trial a cannabis oil treatment on her daughter, Olivia, who has a severe form of epilepsy which left her unable to walk.

The family from Preston are determined to give Olivia a better quality of life

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Take our poll: should hospitals stop selling sugary snacks?

A hospital in Greater Manchester has become the first in the country to go "sugar free" in its canteen and vending machines.

Tameside has banned all sugary snacks, and the only drinks available are tea, coffee, milk and water.

But what do you think of the idea? Should hospitals set a good example, or do hardworking NHS staff need a sugar fix?

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NHS warn flu sufferers to avoid A and E

The NHS has issued a health warning to stay away from A and E departments if you have the flu, as the winter pressure continues in our hospitals.

Across the country, in the last week of 2017, 24 people died from flu-related conditions.

But those with flu-like symptoms in our region are being warned they are adding to the pressure on already overstretched A and E departments.

People with flu symptoms urged to stay away from region's A and E departments

Eligible people are being urged to have a flu vaccination Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/PA Images

As the winter health crisis continues those with flu-like symptoms in the region are being urged to stay away from hospital, as people suffering from flu are adding to the pressure on A&E departments.

Across the country, in the last week of 2017, 24 people have actually died from flu-related conditions.

A GP from Failsworth in Greater Manchester, Dr Zahid Chauhan, says that people who believe they have flu should think twice before attending A and E.

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WATCH: Operations postponed due to pressure on hospitals

Shocking stories have emerged from some of our region's hospitals as staff struggle to cope with huge pressures on the NHS. One woman said she thought she was going to die when she was kept waiting for 10 hours on a stretcher in a corridor - with 21 other patients in a queue in front of her. The Health Secretary is apologising after NHS England told hospitals all around the country to postpone around 55,000 operations to ease the demand on A&E departments.

Shortage of local doctors on the Isle of Man

Nobles Hospital in Douglas has 34 spaces for doctor roles. Credit: ITV Granada

The Isle of Man's Nobles Hospital needs more local doctors.

34 positions are currently vacant, 14 of which are consultant roles.

Figures were revealed in yesterday's House of Keys sitting by Jason Moorhouse, who said 24 doctors are locum and six posts are junior.

The Department of Health and Social Care Minister Kate Beecroft has previously stated that the department's overspend was largely due to paying temporary doctors.

Morecambe MP questions poverty claims by local schools as our investigation sparks huge community response

Morecambe MP David Morris has accused primary schools and a GP's surgery in his constituency of being "politically motivated" after they told ITV Granada of extreme levels of poverty in their community.

The Conservative MP claimed West End Primary and Morecambe Bay Primary were linked to the left-wing political group Momentum, and said the claims made in our reports "always seem to emanate from the same schools and Ash Tree Surgery in Carnforth."

In the investigation by our Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt, Headteachers showed how they were washing their pupils’ uniforms and charging parents' phones because families were unable afford their electricity bills. They also handed out shoes and coats to pupils and their parents.

Ash Tree Surgery spoke of how children were being treated for rickets.

Meanwhile both primary schools have been showing Granada Reports the "overwhelming" response since the reports aired this week, with viewers donated thousands of presents, items of clothing, food and money to help.

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