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Hospital 'failing' cystic fibrosis patients warns charity

Cystic fibrosis campaigners are warning that Kings College Hospital is failing patients because it's not setting out a timetable to create a new specialist centre. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust has raised thousands of pounds to help build new facilities, but the fund will disappear at the end of April.

'We remain grateful to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust for their generous offer of support. Cystic fibrosis patients were recently transferred to a more modern facility at King's, and no longer have to share bathrooms with each other.

We remain committed to finding a permanent home for our cystic fibrosis patients on an expanded and refurbished ward at King's. However, we are currently unable to provide the charity with a timetable for when this work will be carried out.

This is because we have a programme of vital improvement works to deliver, all of which are designed to improve patient care.'

– Kings College Hospital statement


YouTube Tube singer who went viral reveals he had mental illness

A 23 year-old Kennington man, who became a YouTube hit after he was filmed singing to himself on a Tube train, has revealed that he was suffering from a mental illness. Alika Agidi-Jeffs was filmed by another passenger and the video was viewed almost 2.5 million times after it was posted on the website in 2012.

But Alika was experiencing severe depression, manic episodes and suicidal thoughts at the time. He found that listening to music was one way of coping with his illness. He eventually had a breakdown and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder last year. But he has now made another video with the help of the charity Rethink Mental Illness about his condition:

When I first saw the video I saw the funny side, but after it was shared millions of times I decided I didn’t want to be defined by it. I am in a good place now and I wanted to tell my side of the story so that others who are in the same dark place can realise that there is help out there. By making this new video with Rethink Mental Illness, I really want to get the message out that there is always hope, no matter what you’re going through.

– Alika Agidi-Jeffs

Going through a mental illness like bipolar disorder can be really tough, and all the attention around the YouTube clip must have made things even more difficult for Alika. But his story shows that with the right support, young people with mental health problems can get better and move on with their lives.

– Mark Winstanley, Rethink Mental Illness

Husband of Della Callagher says 'life will never be the same' for his family

Della Callagher Credit: ITV News

In a statement read in court the husband of Della Callagher, who died after eating the turkey, described his family's grief.

When Della was killed, our lives fell apart. Della's passing was completely avoidable and all three defendants appear to have little or no idea what long-term damage their actions and in some cases lies have done. Life will never be the same. My daughter Nancy will now never grow up with Della by her side and that is unforgivable.

– John Callagher


Ambulance chief to take on new role after resigning

I would like to thank Ann for her hard work and dedication for the past two years.

In her time with us Ann has created a clinical career structure for paramedics from classroom to boardroom, secured significant investment and agreed plans with CCG commissioners for next year including funding for over 1,000 frontline posts and investment in paramedic further education.

– Richard Hunt, Chair of London Ambulance Service

London Ambulance Service chief quits after response failures

The Chief Executive of the London Ambulance Service, Ann Radmore, has resigned after the service was found to have the worst 999 response rates in the UK.

Credit: PA

Dr Fionna Moore, an A&E consultant of 25 years and London Ambulance Service Medical Director will take over as interim Chief Executive.

This was a hard decision to make. I have enjoyed every minute of working with the dedicated and compassionate staff here, and I will be sad to go.

I have huge confidence in Dr Fionna Moore and the leadership team and I know that Fionna will lead the organisation with integrity and strength, putting patients at the heart of every decision she makes.

– Ann Radmore

Child hunger having dramatic effect at London schools

A new report released today reveals that child hunger and poverty in London are dramatically affecting children's ability to learn.

More than 80 percent of teachers in London say that children are eating the wrong foods in the morning, and most say they can tell just by watching their behaviour at school.

The report, by charity Magic Breakfast, is part of the 'Feed Their Future' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of child hunger on education.

The charity's report found that an alarming number of children are not having a healthy breakfast Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

It also found:

  • Over a quarter of London teachers do not believe parents can identify what a nutritious breakfast is
  • Nearly 60% of children also do not know what a nutritious breakfast is
  • 23% of parents living in the city say that food is getting so expensive they have had to cut down on breakfasts
  • Up to 60% of parents let their children eat anything in the morning, just so they eat something
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