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Family takes 'do not resuscitate' case to appeal court

The family of a woman who was not consulted before a "do not resuscitate" notice was placed on her medical records return to court this week pushing for a change in national policy.

The husband and daughters of Janet Tracey, who died of lung cancer at Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge three years ago, want medics to be obliged to consult patients and relatives before making decisions on whether resuscitation should be attempted.

Mrs Tracey's family were distressed when a "do not resuscitate" notice was put in her records without their knowledge.

Janet Tracey died at Addenbrooke's hospital in March 2011. Credit: PA

The instruction was removed after the family complained, before being restored - with their consultation - two days before the 63-year-old's death in March 2011.

Addenbrooke's Hospital says its doctors acted in Mrs Tracey's best interests.

Kate Masters, one of Tracey's four daughters, said: "How someone's end of life is handled really does live with the family forever."

The family's solicitor, Merry Varney from Leigh Day, said: "This is about the decision-making process, and the rights of patients to be involved in how those decisions are made."

The case is being heard at the court of appeal after judges overturned a 2012 high court decision that it should go no further.

Model lifeboats take to the Thames in rival boat race

A fleet of 250 model lifeboats have made waves in the River Thames as the RNLI held a charity Alternative Boat Race to boost the rescue institution's funds.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution's mini boats took to the water before Oxford and Cambridge's controversy filled men's boat race. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The miniature vessels raced along the tideway just upriver from the official Boat Race with supporters sponsoring the 250 boats. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The novelty effort hoped to raise awareness and funds for the RNLI, which make more than 700 launches along the Thames each year. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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Oxford win by biggest margin since 1973

Oxford's crew celebrate after their victory. Credit: Reuters

Oxford's 11-stroke victory over Cambridge in today's BNY Mellon Boat Race was the biggest margin of victory by either side since 1973.

Cambridge's Luke Juckett lost at least five strokes when the two crews clashed near the Harrods Depositary, in the race's decisive moment.

Cambridge protested against the result, but umpire Richard Phelps threw out the complaint from cox Ian Middleton.

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Grammar expert backs campaign to 'correct' street signs

A grammar expert has supported a campaign to "correct" street signs where an apostrophe appears to be missing, after a local council banned the punctuation mark.

A street sign on Scholars' Walk in Cambridge which has been corrected using marker pens Credit: PA

Cambridge City Council ruled that apostrophes should be removed from street signs to avoid confusing emergency services, but the city's Good Grammar Company warned "if they take our apostrophes, commas will be next."

Director Kathy Salaman said she "fully supported" grammar campaigners who have been using black marker pens to fill in the missing apostrophes and said that leaving apostrophes out of signs could confuse children and teach them that grammar isn't important.

She added: "If I was walking along with a marker pen in my pocket and I saw a missing apostrophe, it would be difficult to resist the temptation to fill it in."

The council has said it is following guidelines from the National Land and Property Gazetteer, where all new street names are registered.

The street naming policy - which does not apply to existing street signs - also bans names which would be "difficult to pronounce or awkward to spell' and any which "could give offence" or would "encourage defacing of nameplates".

Professor: William should not be 'discriminated' against

Prince William should not be discriminated against because of the circumstances of his birth, a Cambridge University professor has said.

The university has been accused of giving special treatment to the Duke of Cambridge, who got ABC at A-level, but is to start an agricultural course there shortly.

Colleagues and I sometimes organise special courses for people from industry who want to learn about the latest research in our field. For this we charge them money.

Every academic has the right to do this, so it is completely unfair of people to criticise poor Borys [Cambridge’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz].

Whether they have any A-levels at all is no more relevant than the price of tea in China.

– Prof Ross Anderson, of Cambridge University

Speaking to the Cambridge News, Prof Ross Anderson, of Cambridge University’s Computer Laboratory, defended the rights of his colleagues to produce specialist courses “for people who are prepared to pay for it”.

He added that they should “not be discriminated against on account of the circumstances of their birth”.

What Prince William will study on his agriculture course

Prince William has met with PhD students whom he will be sharing group seminars with on a bespoke course at St John's College, Cambridge University.

The course is part of the executive education programme at the university, and will prepare him for his inheritance of the Duchy of Cornwall estate.

The Duke of Cambridge arriving at St John's College, Cambridge Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

According to a report in the Cambridge News, the modules he is expected to study include farming and supply chains, rural and planning policy, site management, agricultural policy and conservation governance. He will also go on a number of field trips.

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