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Manchester to get new high tech cancer treatment

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester will be home to one of two UK centres delivering proton beam therapy to treat cancer patients. The advantage of proton beam therapy over conventional radiotherapy lies within the precision of the proton beam, which results in higher doses of radiotherapy being delivered.

The Christie, Manchester Credit: ITV Granada

By precisely targeting the cancer, normal tissues receive very little radiation, leading to fewer side-effects and reduced long term consequences, including the risk of a secondary malignancy - this is particularly important for children. Since 2008, patients who meet the clinical criteria for treatment, are offered NHS funded treatment overseas.

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Thalidomide victim offered meeting with German drug company

A Thalidomide victim from Liverpool says he has fresh hope in his battle for compensation from the company who made the drug.

Gary Skyner has been contacted by German company Grunenthal and has offered a meeting to discuss his situation.

It comes after he went on hunger strike and visited their UK headquarters dressed as a baby.

Greater Manchester handed £6-billion in health spending

Greater Manchester has been handed £6 billion worth of health spending, in what the government is calling an historic day.

It's the first area in the country to get control of every penny it spends on health and social care.

News of the 'memorandum of understanding,' signed in Manchester today leaked earlier in the week.

So is it the start of local decisions taken by local people or the beginning of the end for our National Health Service?

Here's our correspondent, Matt O'Donoghue:

Chancellor confirms NHS budget control in Greater Manchester

Plans to devolve NHS spending power across Greater Manchester have been confirmed by the Chancellor.

The region will become the first in the country to be handed full control of it's entire £6 billion NHS budget in exchange for an elected mayor in 2017.

George Osborne has denied Labour claims it'll mean a two tier health service.

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Cheshire's bionic woman

A surgeon at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital has used new titanium technology to rebuild the ribcage of a Cheshire woman who was trampled on by her horse. Barbara Schofield ended up with nine broken ribs along with a punctured lung as a result of the fall in September 2014.

Barbara has been riding horses for 20 years. Credit: Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Only a handful of hospitals in the country use this latest technology where titanium plates and screws are used to help mend cracked bones. These make it possible for the ribs to heal faster with lower levels of pain for the patient.

X ray of Barbara's ribs after the pioneering surgery Credit: Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Barbara, who's from Northwich, is now back in the saddle attempting to regain her confidence. Barbara said " I am so fortunate to have been dealt with by such a talented surgical team .. I’ve not been through the security body scanners at an airport yet - they will probably never have seen anything quite like it!"

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