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Hospital 'confident' no other babies are contaminated

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where a baby died after being given a suspected contaminated feeding tube, said it was "confident" that no other newborns on its unit have contracted bacillus cereus.

Our thoughts are with the family and we are supporting them during this very difficult and emotional time.

A consultant neonatologist has spoken to all of the families on the unit.

The babies on the unit have been closely monitored for any signs of infection since we withdrew the contaminated feed. We are confident that no other newborns have contracted bacillus cereus.The two other babies who were ill are stable and doing well.

– A spokesman for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Widower wins appeal over resuscitation order

Janet Tracey died after breaking her neck in a car crash in 2011 - two weeks after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Credit: ITV Anglia

The widower of a terminally ill hospital patient has won a landmark ruling that her human rights were violated because she was not consulted before a "do not resuscitate" (DNR) notice was placed on her records.

The Court of Appeal was asked to intervene by David Tracey, who said his wife Janet, 63, was subjected to an unlawful DNR notice at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Judges said the hospital trust violated Mrs Tracey's right to respect for her private life under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights because it did not involve her before issuing the original DNR notice on February 27, 2011.

Such notices are intended to ensure that a patient dies in a dignified and peaceful manner, but they have become the subject of controversy.


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

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.


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".

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