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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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NHS Trusts in special measures following review

The 11 Trusts placed in special measures are:

  • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trus
  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust
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Hunt to unveil 10-month NHS Leadership Programme

Harvard University, pictured, could be a destination for the "high-fliers" on the NHS Leadership Programme. Credit: Reuters

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will today reveal details of the NHS Leadership Programme which aims to transform the top tier of health service managers and staff into star performers.

Health bosses want three quarters of recruits to be current NHS staff and will appeal to senior doctors, nurses, managers and high-fliers to apply for the programme.

The remaining quarter will be brought in from industry.

The 10-month long programme, run by the NHS Leadership Academy, will start in the spring.It is thought £10m a year will be spent on the programme but there is no course head count yet.

Eight weeks of the course will be held at a leading business school with discussions ongoing with UK business schools and Harvard in the US, insiders said.

South prepares for breast cancer campaign

MP Stephen Metcalfe has joined the fight against breast cancer Credit: Breast cancer campaign

The wear it pink campaign has so far raised more than £23 million and the next event will be supported once again for the south.

The MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in this year's campaign.

It is estimated to be the Breast Cancer Campaign's biggest fundraiser to help lifesaving research.

Mr Metcalfe commented:

“Every year in the UK around 50,000 women and around 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly 12,000 women and 80 men die from this disease. This is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts so they can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure."

'Government has made Medway situation worse' - Councillors' statement

Inside Medway Hospital Credit: NH

Medway Maritime, along with ten other hospitals, has been placed into special measures because of major failings.

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, has not provided a timetable for improvements to areas of the NHS with which his Government has failed to get to grips.

Instead, they have made matters worse, distracting the NHS with an unnecessary top-down reorganisation, which has sucked £3bn out of patient care.

Cllr Tristan Osborne said: "We have seen a botched NHS re-organisation; A&E waiting lists increasing; privatisation of NHS Direct; and a real concern that the merger with Darent Valley will lead to increased deficits.

“I will work with colleagues across all Parties to scrutinise our local NHS and ensure we have effective numbers of staff in A&E.”

Cllr Vince Maple added: “Medway Labour recognises the hard work of doctors, nurses and support staff, but the Keogh Report highlights some of the major flaws in the systems at Medway Maritime Hospital.

“Although I welcome the measures announced in the Keogh Report, I am disturbed by the failures of care in the NHS under David Cameron.

“A&Es are in crisis, with recent figures showing nearly 3,500 patients in the UK have waited in vehicles parked outside hospitals for more than two hours in the year 2012/13.

“With thousands of nurses lost and A&Es in crisis, the sad truth is that failures in care are becoming more likely under this Government, not less.”

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