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GP calls for £90m drugs company fine to go to NHS

A GP from Surrey has launched a petition calling for the record fine handed to two drugs companies to be put back into the NHS.

The Competition and Markets Authority fined Pfizer and Flynn Pharma around £90m for hiking the price of an epilepsy drug.

The companies are appealing but if the fine is upheld, the money would go to the Treasury.

Dr Martin Brunet, Binscombe Medical Centre, thinks it should be used to directly help patients:


Health bosses to consult patients over service changes

Plans to move services from a hospital in Oxfordshire have been laid out by health bosses.

Horton General Hospital in Banbury has already seen its maternity services downgraded temporarily.

A consultation launched today is looking at also moving stroke services and some critical care patients to the John Radcliffe in Oxford. The NHS Trust needs to save £200m pounds by 2020. Critics are worried their concerns won't be heard.

Diane Hedges, Chief Operating Officer, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group:

More than half of parents rely on school breakfast clubs

One in five working parents admit they never sit down and have breakfast with their children. That's just one of the findings in a survey of more than 2,000 people into the effects of our increasingly pressurised lifestyles.

Many schools are finding increased demand for their breakfast clubs where mums and dads can drop their children off before school and still be confident they're getting a healthy start to the day.

Wesley Smith reports:

  • 60% said that their child's school breakfast club was very important for their day-to-day life
  • Over half (58%) said that the breakfast clubs enabled their children to have breakfast in the morning without being rushed
  • Over a third (33%) stated that they or their partner would have to give up work if it were not for the school breakfast club
  • Almost a third (28%) said that the breakfast clubs saved them on average between £10 - £25 per week

Our reporter, Wesley Smith, has interviewed: Theresa Pooley, Mother Minara Begum, Mother Simone Roberts-Lawlor, Mother Oli Burton, Organiser

NHS asks public about changes to healthcare

Credit: PA

The NHS in Oxfordshire has this week begun asking the public, patients and clinicians their thoughts on possible changes to healthcare services.

The first phase of the 'Big Health and Care Consultation' will last for three months and is specifically looking at changing the way we use hospital beds, planned care at the Horton General in Banbur and acute stroke services.

It will also look at critical care at the Horton General, maternity services and emergency gynaecology surgery in North Oxfordshire.

It is part of a five year plan, across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West about how the NHS plans to bring about the 'changes we all need to make'.

It aims to tackle the challenges the NHS is facing as 'demand grows and budgets are limited'.

The second phase of the consultation, set to begin from May this year, will focus on community and primary care services.

Family thanks Coroner for investigating death of 'loving wife and mother'

Kate Rohde, partner at law firm Kingsley Napley LLP and adviser to the Cappuccini family, has made the following statement on the family’s behalf.

She spoke on the court steps at today's conclusion of the inquest into Frances Cappuccini’s death:

Frankie was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter and sister. She was bubbly, intelligent, beautiful, loving and loved.

Failures of the Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and those employed by the Trust cost Frankie her life. Nothing can heal that pain.

At least today, after over 4 years, the truth is acknowledged.

We thank the Coroner for giving the matter such serious consideration and also the media for respecting our privacy throughout this process and we ask that we are given the time and space to reflect quietly upon the Coroner’s conclusions and what we have learned at last.

There will be no more comment today. Thank you.”

– Kate Rohde, Kingsley Napley LLP, on behalf of family


Hospital Trust: We fell short of standards and sincerely apologise to the family

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has issued a statement to the family of Frances Cappuccini following the Coroner's ruling.

Frances Cappuccini died hours after giving birth to her second son at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury in Kent in October 2012.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust wishes to extend its deepest sympathies to the family of Frances Cappuccini.

Patient safety remains of paramount importance to the Trust. The Trust has however recognised from the start that there were aspects of Frances’ care that fell short of the standards that the Trust would expect and we wish to once again sincerely apologise to the family for this.

As a direct result of Frances’ tragic death, the Trust has made a number of changes to its processes that have further improved patient safety and experience.

The Trust will carefully consider all of the evidence heard at the inquest to ensure that any necessary changes which have not already been made are fully addressed.

The Trust will continue to do everything that it can to ensure that we provide the highest possible standards of maternity care."

– Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

'Failures and inadequate diagnosis and treatment' caused Caesarean mother's death, rules Coroner

Frances Cappuccini, 30, died after a caesarean section Credit: Kingsley Napley LLP

A coroner in the inquest of a mother who died after a Caesarean section has concluded her death was due to 'failures and inadequate diagnosis and treatment'.

Frances Cappuccini died hours after giving birth to her second son at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury in Kent in October 2012.

Frances Cappuccini

The thirty year old mother had lost more than four pints of blood after a Caesarean section.

Mrs Cappucini's family have waited more more than four years for the inquest. The lawyer ​representing them ​had said​ it's ​their only chance to understand ​why Frances Cappuccini died.

Two doctors had been cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence at a trial last year.

Elderly woman left for 7 hours in A&E corridor

A woman whose elderly mother-in-law was left for seven hours in a corridor at Banbury's Horton Hospital after a suspected stroke has told ITV Meridian the A&E department was in meltdown.

Amanda Mountford says staff struggled to cope as ambulances stacked up outside, while other patients were left on trolleys.

The hospital Trust says they've been experiencing major demands, and even today, all non-urgent appointments at Oxford's John Radcliffe hospital were cancelled to relieve pressure on A&E.

Rachel Hepworth reports.

Rachel spoke to daughter-in-law Amanda Mountford and Lillian Hambridge, a Save the Horton campaigner. MP Jeremy Corbyn was speaking in the House of Commons and NHS England's Chief Executive Simon Stevens speaking at a health select committee in Parliament this week.

Norovirus closes Royal Bournemouth Hospital ward

Ward 24 has been shut amidst virus claims Credit: ITV

An outbreak of norovirus has closed a ward at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Ward 24 is closed and restrictions have been put into place after the contagious bug was identified on Monday.

Bosses are asking visitors to only visit the hospital if essential.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before visiting wards.
  • Do not visit hospital if you, or any members of your household, have had any kind of sickness and/or diarrhoea in the past 48 hours – even if you think it may be food poisoning.
  • If you are due to go to hospital for an elective (planned) procedure or operation and have been unwell with any kind of sickness and or diarrhoea ring the hospital first and let them know.

“We review the situation regularly and we will re-open the ward as soon as it is safe to do so and when it has been thoroughly cleaned, as part of the ongoing deep cleaning programme.”

– Paula Shobbrook, Director of Nursing
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