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Burnham: NHS has had 'worst week in living memory'

The Shadow Health Secretary says thousands of patients are being put at risk and the NHS has had its "worst week in living memory".

Andy Burnham has criticised the government over waiting figures Credit: PA Images

“These figures show the Tory A&E crisis is intensifying and putting thousands of patients at risk.

“Last week was the worst week the NHS has experienced in living memory.

“Over 16,000 people had to wait on trolleys in corridors – a staggering 29 per cent increase on the previous worst two weeks earlier.

“David Cameron’s failure to produce a plan to deal with this cannot carry on. Their complacency is exposing far too many vulnerable people to too much risk.

“Labour has today issued a five point plan and we call on the Government to adopt it without delay.”

– Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Secretary


Getting shirty for a new world record

A father from Burscough who's son has a rare genetic illness has been collecting football memorabilia that'll be sold for charity.

Mark Lund has amassed football shirts, scarves and flags which have been donated from clubs all over the world to raise funds for six-year-old Alfie.

Alfie suffers from a condition that's affected just seven children in the UK.

It's left him with profound and complex learning difficulties and the little boy is unable to walk or talk.

His father Mark is hoping to set a world record with the shirt collection.

Click to find out more about the Alfie Lund Fund.

Dangers of drinking while pregnant should be put on all alcohol, says MP


Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson is calling for the compulsory labelling of alcohol with warnings about the dangers of drinking while pregnant.

The Labour MP will take his campaign to parliament today - presenting a 10 Minute Bill in the Commons after Prime Minister's Questions.

He said:

"This is a vitally important issue. At least 1 in 100 babies are being born damaged because of the effects of alcohol. Everything possible needs to be done to bring this to an end and MPs in parliament have the power to take steps to do just that."

– Bill Esterson MP

Royal Bolton Hospital downgrades 'major incident' status

The 'major incident' declared at The Royal Bolton Hospital has been downgraded. Yesterday bosses admitted that staff were struggling to cope with the demands being placed on accident and emergency units in the North West.

Yesterday afternoon the hospital declared a 'major incident' revealing some patients had been waiting for 12 hours for a bed. This morning the manager told Granada Reports that it had been called off at around 8pm last night.


Royal Bolton Hospital declares major incident

The Royal Bolton Hospital has declared a major incident due to the number of people needing treatment there. It said some patients had been waiting for a bed for 12 hours since the decision to admit them.

Royal Bolton Hospital has declared a major incident Credit: Royal Bolton Foundation Trust

The Royal Bolton Foundation Trust said at 1pm Tuesday afternoon there were 53 people in its A&E needing treatment.

The trust said 15 people were waiting for a bed on a ward.

The trust also said that, although people attending A&E could have been treated at home, that was not the main problem.

The trust's Chief Operating Officer said:

We have some seriously ill patients who do need to be admitted and our main issue has been the difficulty in quickly freeing up beds and finding places for those patients who no longer need hospital care. Calling a major incident is a mechanism by which we can focus all our efforts on delivering safe care for those whose need is most urgent.

– Andy Ennis, Royal Bolton Foundation Trust Chief Operating Officer

Reports Royal Bolton declares 'major incident'

There are reports the Royal Bolton Hospital has declared a major incident as it struggles to cope with patient numbers.

Newborn babies screened for genetic disorders

Thousands of newborn babies in the North West will be screened for four rare life-threatening genetic disorders from today. Credit: PA

Thousands of newborn babies in the North West will be screened for four rare life-threatening genetic disorders from today.

All babies will be offered screening for the four inherited metabolic diseases (IMDs), which can cause death or lifelong disability, as part of a Public Health England programme.

The NHS already uses a blood test on babies when they are five to eight days old to screen for five conditions including cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease.

The Manchester Evening News reports that under the new procedures, midwives will now routinely collect samples from Greater Manchester babies to be tested at the Willink Biochemical Genetics Unit, part of the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine at St Mary's Hospital.

Screening for these rare disorders has the potential to benefit around 30 children in England each year.

The early identification of these conditions can prevent death and significantly improve the quality of life for those living with these conditions.

– Dr Anne Mackie, director of programmes for the NHS Screening Programmes
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