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Health boss faces questions in health trust investigation

Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of the National Health Service is due to be interviewed as part of the investigation into University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. The investigation follows a series of damning reports which said major failings means the deaths of mothers and babies were not properly investigated. A panel has been looking into midwifery care at Furness General hospital after a report by the health ombudsman identified serious errors in the care provided. Investigation chairman, Dr Bill Kirkup, a former deputy chief medical officer at the Department of Health, said interviews would be held in the presence of families only due to “sensitive and personal clinical matters”.

NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh will face questions Credit: PA

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Special memorial for police dogs

Lancashire Police will unveil a memorial to police dogs that have served in the force.

It's to mark their contribution to policing.

The memorial is being paid for by the Retired Police Dogs Benevolent Fund which was established in 2004 to support handlers in caring for their retired dogs.

A Lancashire Police dog at work. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police dogs are an integral part of operational policing within Lancashire and provide an invaluable service to our county; therefore it is right that they should be recognised by way of this memorial."

– Sergeant Neil Fitzgerald, Dog trainer
The full paws of the law. Credit: Lancashire Police

Man dies in collision in St Helens

A man has died following a road traffic collision in St Helens this morning. Emergency services were called to Peasley Cross Lane at around 4.30am after receiving a report that a car had collided with a railway bridge near to St Helens rugby club. The male driver was the sole occupant of the fiesta and he was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. The road has been closed between Sherdley Road and the A58 to allow police to fully investigate the incident.

Manchester's shocking record of abandoned animals

Greater Manchester is among the worst places in the country for animals being abandoned, second only to London. New figures released by the RSPCA show more than 1500 animals were dumped by their owners during the first 10 months of this year.

More animals are abandoned in Manchester than anywhere outside London Credit: PA

More than 9- hundred animals were abandoned on Merseyside during the same period.

“Even in a nation of animal lovers, there are thousands of people out there who don’t care about their pets at all. In fact, some literally treat them like rubbish,”

– RSPCA superintendent Martin Marsh.

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Manchester Royal Eye Hospital to hold Open Day

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital to hold Open Day Credit: Manchester Royal Eye Hospital

An Open Day to celebrate the bicentenary of the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital takes place today on the 200th anniversary of the hospital inauguration in 1814.

The hospital is opening its doors to the public for a behind-the-scenes look at the operational side of a hospital that treats a quarter of a million patients a year. Patients and members of the public are invited to join staff past and present on this day to take a tour of the hospital.

Mr Nicholas Jones, Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon and Chair of the bicentenary organising committee said:

“This is a very important year for Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, and I am thrilled to be part of the team organising the Bicentenary of one of the world’s most celebrated eye hospitals.”

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