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David Cameron has called on operators of social networking sites to take more responsibilty for their content. It comes after the death of Hannah Smith, 14, from Leicestershire, who was found hanged on Friday after being bullied on website ask.fm.
Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the A and E Department at Salford Royal Hospital during a visit this morning. It comes as the government announces a five hundred million pound boost to accident departments throughout the UK to encourage improvements.
The father of a teenager who killed herself after receiving online abuse has called on the Prime Minister to take action to end online bullying on websites such as ask.fm.
In an interview with the Daily Mirror, David Smith said: “If David Cameron was sat here now, I’d want to know why he hasn’t done something about this two years ago because modern technology has gone on, but laws are stuck the same."
Hannah Smith, 14, was found hanged on Friday in Lutterworth, Leicestershire after receiving abusive messages on the website ask.fm, which allows users to send messages to one another without disclosing their identity.
The Prime Minister said parents needed to boycott "vile sites" after the father of a cyber-bullying victim called for more regulation of social networks on the internet.
Hannah Smith, 14, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire, was found hanged on Friday after being bullied on website ask.fm.
David Cameron said: "There's something all of us can do as well as parents and as users of the internet and that is not use some of these vile sites, boycott them, don't go there, don't join them.
"I'm very keen we look at all the action we can take to try and help stop future tragedies like this."
The Prime Minister said there needed to be "changes in practice" to help struggling A&E departments as the Government announced a £500 million boost to the emergency care system over the next two years.
He said: "It is a significant amount of money going into A&E departments over the next two years and that will cope with some of the difficulties we have seen.
"But alongside that money we also need to some changes in practice. We need to make sure there are more consultants and senior doctors available in our A&E departments.
"We need to make sure that GP surgeries work more closely with hospitals.
"We need to make sure the frail elderly are better cared for in our communities rather than endlessly going in and out of accident and emergency departments."