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Probe launched by watchdog after string of allegations against The Christie

The Christie.
The Christie, Manchester.

A watchdog is examining a string of allegations made against The Christie by whistleblowers.

Monitor, the health sector regulator, met a group of people who made the allegations which included fraud and issues around patient care.

Officers from the watchdog will now visit the world-renowned cancer treatment centre in Withington to carry out a preliminary inquiry into the claims.

They include allegations that human tissue samples were sold to drugs firms without telling patients - a claim strongly denied by the trust - but which the Human Tissue Authority is investigating.

Those claims stem from a redacted statement given to Monitor and the Care Quality Commission by one whistleblower.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper tabled a written Parliamentary question to Health Ministers having received information alleging the Christie NHS Foundation Trust have sold tissue samples to pharmaceutical companies without patients’ consent.

“Sadly we only have a redacted statement because neither the Care Quality Commission or Monitor will give any reassurances that the gagging clause the individual signed won’t be enforced. This is despite the Health Secretary banning gagging clauses that prevent NHS staff from speaking out.

“If the Christie, the Care Quality Commission, Monitor and the Department of Health have nothing to hide then they should be brave enough to say that this gagging clause won’t be enforced so that we can then get to the truth of these very grave and serious allegations.”

– Rosie Cooper MP

“We take whistle-blowing extremely seriously and that is why we met with a group of people with a number of concerns about The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

“We listened to what they had to say and as a result we are working very closely with the Care Quality Commission and will be undertaking a joint visit to the trust to carry out a preparatory review into the concerns raised.”

– Monitor statement.

In a statement, the hospital said: "We have been informed by Monitor and the Care Quality Commission (CQC), that they will be visiting the Trust later this month to carry out a preparatory review into issues raised by whistleblowers.

“This visit is not an investigation or an inspection, and has been prompted by concerns raised about the process of whistleblowing at the Trust to Monitor and CQC.

“Both Monitor and the CQC will be focusing their attention on the method and processes available for staff to raise concerns. Neither body has any concerns about The Trust’s patient care or treatment or the running of our charity.

“The Christie continues to achieve first rate results and patients continue to provide excellent feedback as a result of our highly skilled and professional expertise. In the latest national radiotherapy survey, 96% of patients rated their care as excellent or good, 97% said they were treated with the highest dignity and respect and in 33 out of 48 areas patients rated us as the best in the country.

“We are committed to maintaining an open and honest climate and feel strongly that all staff should feel confident and secure in whistleblowing and raising any concerns about something that is happening at work or how patients or colleagues are being treated. We also signpost our employees to a variety of external sources of advice and support such as the CQC, local counter fraud and Monitor.

“In a recent staff survey, 88% of our employees said they feel supported by colleagues, 97% would recommend The Christie to family and friends for treatment and 80% would speak up freely about concerns over safety or patient care.

“Patients are, and always will be our priority, and we remain committed to providing the very best standards of care and treatment in a world class cancer centre.”

Fergie's book to be "updated"

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Sir Alex Ferguson's updated autobiography, featuring new material, will be released in paperback on 23 October. More: http://t.co/AftQ5WLd7o

An updated release of Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography is expected to reveal his views on David Moyes' short reign at Old Trafford.

According to United, the book has been updated to offer reflections on events at the clib since his retirement as well as his teachings at the Harvard Business School, a night at the Oscars and a boat tour around the Hebrides, where he passed unrecognised.

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Mata predicts silverware return for United under van Gaal

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Juan Mata in action for Manchester United. Credit: PA

Juan Mata thinks Manchester United will be challenging for silverware this year under Louis van Gaal.

When Mata signed for United last January, the club were in the midst of a dreadful run of form that cost manager David Moyes his job.

Despite the £37.5million arrival of the Spaniard, United could only finish seventh and Moyes was replaced by Van Gaal.

United fans will get a first glimpse of their new boss in the dugout on Wednesday night when the Red Devils take on the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Van Gaal has only been in his position for six days, but his arrival has injected optimism into a squad previously short on confidence and Mata is looking forward to a successful season ahead.

United finished 22 points behind winners Manchester City last term, but Mata sees no reason why his team cannot challenge for the Barclays Premier League and other trophies under the vastly experienced Van Gaal.

"It's the start of a new era for the club, with a new manager and players coming in.

"I'm really happy with the manager's style of football and hopefully at the end of the season we can celebrate something, which would be amazing for him and for us. "We're focused on improving and trying to learn from the manager, to play at our best level during the season.

"The main idea is to play as a team and compete for titles."

– Juan Mata

Mata and his team-mates have been keen to impress Van Gaal during intense double-training sessions under the LA sun.

And if they needed another reminder that they are playing for their futures, then it was duly delivered by Ed Woodward on Sunday when he told United fans to expect more incomings and outgoings over the next few weeks.

While Mata understands the need for tough training, the Spaniard thinks it is important the players do not overdo it.

"The most important thing is to get ready, step by step, and not too hard because injuries can happen," the former Chelsea player told MUTV.

"It's important for us to prepare physically and mentally for the long season."

Like Mata, Chris Smalling will take part in the entire pre-season tour as England were knocked out of the World Cup at the group stages.

The centre-back is under pressure to establish himself as a first-team regular following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

Smalling hopes the hard graft he and his team-mates are putting in during their stay in the US will be worthwhile.

When asked what the toughest part of pre-season is, the former Fulham defender said: "The running. You usually do two or three sessions a day, two outside and one in the gym.

"It's quite hard on your lungs and your legs, but you know that come August you'll be ready to last the distance for the season."

Van Gaal will speak for the first time on the tour on Tuesday at a press conference in the 92,542-capacity Rose Bowl stadium which will host the match.

Striker Javier Hernandez will join up with the squad on the eve of the match but is unlikely to play.

After the game against the Galaxy, United will head to Denver, where they play Roma in the International Champions Cup.

Further matches against Inter Milan in Washington and versus Real Madrid in Michigan follow, as well as a potential final against City, Liverpool, Olympiacos or AC Milan in Miami should United top their group.

James Anderson to learn hearing date after Trent Bridge altercation

James Anderson.
James Anderson during day one of the second test.

Lancashire's James Anderson is set to learn on Tuesday the date for the full hearing into the allegation that he "abused and pushed" India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the Trent Bridge Test.

It emerged last week, on the eve of the second match of the Investec series at Lord's, that India had instigated a Level 3 charge against England's pace bowler under the International Cricket Council's code of conduct.

The England and Wales Cricket Board described its understanding of the circumstances surrounding the allegation - an altercation in the pavilion stairwell as the players made their way off for lunch on day two in Nottingham - as "minor".

A day later, England team manager Phil Neale sent a Level 2 counter-allegation against Jadeja to ICC offices in Dubai.

Both players therefore face a tele-conference preliminary hearing with the ICC's appointed judicial commission Gordon Lewis on Tuesday - the first practicable date - immediately following the completion of the second Test.

The primary task for Lewis, Australia's representative on the ICC's code of conduct commission, will be to "address preliminary issues" in the case before setting a date for a full hearing.

It is highly unlikely there will be any other decisive outcome at the preliminary hearing, although an amendment to the level of charge is possible for either player.

For Anderson, for example, a reduction from Level 3 to 2 would drastically reduce the probability of any resulting suspension during the remainder of this summer's five-match series.

Guilt proven at Level 3 carries the provision of a ban of up to four Tests, while at Level 2 a fine is by far the likelier outcome.

There is little prospect of a full hearing being able to take place before the third Test, which begins in Southampton next weekend.

But after the conclusion of that match, by July 31 at the latest, there is a window for the disciplinary process to be completed before the fourth Test on Anderson's home ground at Emirates Old Trafford - scheduled to start a week later on August 7.

Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo sidelined "for a few months" after breaking his foot

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Alvaro Negredo, Manchester City Credit: PA

Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo expects to be sidelined "for a few months" after breaking his foot.

The Spain international, who played the first half of City's friendly victory over Hearts on Friday, has broken the fifth metarsal in his right foot.

He made the announcement on his Instagram account.

"I want to let you know that its going to be hard for the next few months, I fractured my 5th metatarsal and will be out a few months.

"I will be back stronger than ever. I will return with a vengeance."

– Alvaro Negredo
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The image posted on Alvaro Negredo's Instagram account Credit: http://instagram.com/_alvaronegredo_9

Negredo appeared to sustain the injury shortly after setting up City's opening goal against Hearts by Scott Sinclair with a brilliant through-ball, limping off just before the break.

The 28-year-old joined City from Sevilla a year ago in a #16million-plus deal and quickly became a fans' favourite after making an immediate impact. He scored an impressive 23 goals in his first 33 games in all competitions, including City's first Champions League hat-trick in the 5-2 win over CSKA Moscow.

However, from mid-January onwards he began to struggle and in 16 subsequent matches up to the end of the season he failed to score, which put additional pressure on City's other strikers and midfielder Yaya Toure to come up with the goals which secured them a second Premier League title in three years.

Earlier in the summer City manager Manuel Pellegrini was reported to be willing to listen to offers for the striker and Negredo was linked with a move back to Spain to rejoin former club Real Madrid for a second time, but his injury setback looks to have ended that prospect.

The footballer also Tweeted the announcement in Spanish:

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Quiero deciros que van a ser unos meses muy duros para mi, ya que sufro una rotura del 5º metatarsiano… http://t.co/S5kVV5Oeiv

Rixton storm to the top of the charts with debut single

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Rixton backstage at the Capital FM Summertime Ball, Wembley Stadium, London. Credit: PA

North West boyband Rixton stormed to the top of the singles chart with their first record - a moment that will be forever etched in their memories and on their skin after promising fans to mark the occasion with a tattoo.

The foursome, made up of Frontman Jake Roche, Charley Bagnall on guitar, Danny Wilkin on bass and keyboard and Lewi Morgan on drums, will each get an inking of a broken heart tonight, after learning their pop song Me And My Broken Heart reached number one.

While Jake is getting his on his bicep and Charley's will be etched on his rib, a nervous Lewi will get his marking on his thumb, while Danny hopes to hide his from his parents by having it done on his thigh.

Jake, the son of Blackpool TV presenter and singer with the The Nolans, Coleen Nolan, and actor Shane Ritchie told OfficialCharts.com: "Being Number One is probably the biggest thing ever that has happened to us in our lives.

"And it means a lot because it's in our home country, and that's something that's been the main goal for us, to really make an impact. It's a dream. Thank you to everyone who has bought it for your support."

The boyband knocked It's My Birthday by will.i.am FT Cody Wise off the chart summit after just one week on top, while by Ariana Grande FT Iggy Azalea is a non-mover at number two.

Jake Roche.
Jake on stage.

Jake and his celebrity family have been tweeting about the good news since it was announced.

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The moment @jameelajamil announced our number 1. Just a quick thing, 'drinking from the bottle' is… http://t.co/VKOV9kF6fO

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Remember when I saw @jake_rixton supporting the Nolans all those years ago and now he's top of the charts! Wooow congratulations Rixton! ??

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Jake on stage in California.

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Sale agree deal for Magnus Lund

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Magnus Lund, appearing for Biarritz. Credit: PA

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of former England flanker Magnus Lund.

Lund will return to Sale for his second spell after a six-year stint with French club Biarritz.

Manchester-born Lund, 31, was a member of Sale's Premiership title-winning team in 2006, having joined them four years previously.

He gained 10 Test caps and helped England's sevens team win a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

"I am delighted Magnus has signed for us.

"I gave him his debut back in 2002 and have followed his career down the years.

"He is a great signing for us and will fit in perfectly with our plans."

– Sale rugby director Steve Diamond

Man arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman shortly before she died in road collision

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman shortly before she was killed in a road collision.

The 20-year-old victim died in hospital after she was struck by two taxis in Ormskirk Road, Wigan, in the early hours of today.

Police said initial inquiries found that shortly before the collision, there had been a row between the woman and a 20-year-old man, who has since been arrested on suspicion of assault and is being questioned.

'Our thoughts and sympathies are with this young woman's family and friends at this tragic time while they come to terms with their loss.

"We are trying to establish the circumstances leading up to the incident and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information about what happened before to call us with any information."

– Detective Inspector Paul Rollinson
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