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Supreme Court success for former Basildon schoolgirl

A woman who nearly drowned during a school swimming lesson in Essex 13 years ago has won a landmark ruling from the UK's highest court, which paves the way for her to pursue compensation from a local education authority.

Annie Woodland was a pupil at Whitmore Junior School in Basildon when she had to be pulled from the water and resuscitated at Gloucester Park pool in July 2000.

Ms Woodland, now in her 20s, suffered severe brain damage.

In October 2011 a High Court judge threw out Ms Woodland's claim against Essex County Council on the basis that it was bound to fail, a view backed in a majority ruling by Court of Appeal judges.

Supreme Court justices in London have today allowed her appeal against those findings.


Inspired by doctor's stark warning

A 38-year-old mum of two from Essex managed to lose 12 stone in 12 months after doctors told her she was so fat she wouldn't live to look after her disabled son.

Jane Morgan weighed 28 stone at her heaviest and would binge daily on packets of biscuits and takeaways.

She was shocked into slimming after doctors said she wouldn't live to see her disabled, eight-year-old son Callum become a teenager. Jane had a gastric bypass operation in September 2012 and lost 12 stone.

The former trainer nurse said she was grateful she could now live to see her children grow up.


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Top hospital bosses to mentor struggling trusts

The 11hospitals put in special measures in the wake of the scandal over standards at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and Keogh Review will be partnered with the best NHS trusts and managers in a scheme that echoes the 'super-heads' programme to turn around failing schools.

Top hospital bosses to mentor struggling trusts. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The mentor hospitals will be paid for the work, which will help back-fill management posts according to Jeremy Hunt, and will have access to a special incentive fund.

The Health Secretary said the plans signalled a change from the past when management consultants would be paid to write reports on failing hospitals. The new method would result in practical changes, he said.

Failing hospital turnaround plans

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce the Department plans to turn around hospitals in special measures and help prevent future failures of care and safety at NHS hospitals.

In the wake of the scandal over standards at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and subsequent Keogh Review, which looked at 14 NHS Trusts with high mortality rates, 11 Trusts have been placed in 'special measures'.

In the South and South east standards have been criticised at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Medway NHS Foundation Trust.

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Ofsted-style inspections 'will help NHS transparency'

Speaking to Daybreak the Health Secretary has said that the new 'Ofsted-style' inspections of hospitals will help transparency throughout the NHS.

This week the new chief inspector of hospitals started his first inspections and this is a completely transparent Ofsted-style regime. What that means is that there is then huge pressure on people like me and NHS leaders because I'm coming in and being interviewed by you and you're saying 'well how are you getting on? Are these hospitals being turned round?

And that creates the pressure that means finally something is being done.

– Jeremy Hunt
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Hunt: NHS needs more doctors as managers

The best managers are "often doctors" and the NHS is in dire need of "more brilliant managers" if it is going to overcome recent scandals regarding appalling patient care, the Health Secretary has said.

Speaking to Daybreak, Jeremy Hunt said he wants to "encourage" doctors who "could become fantastic managers" to take on extra responsibility.

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