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Kevan Jones reacts to Livingstone's 'psychiatric help' comment

Kevan Jones has denounced claims that he might need 'psychiatric help' as 'gravely offensive'. The comments were made by the former Labour Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, who has just been appointed to co-chair a review of the party's defence policy.

Mr Livingstone is reported to have said that the Durham North MP should 'see his GP' after Mr Jones, who has previously publicly spoken of his depression, questioned whether or not Mr Livingstone was the right person to help lead the review.

This morning Kevan Jones told ITV News Tyne Tees that "to use mental illness to attack somebody is completely unacceptable and gravely offensive". The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has released a statement calling on Mr Livingston to apologise.


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Junior doctors' strike vote could result in three-day action

Junior doctors in England will stage two strikes and only deal with emergencies during a third day of action in December if they support industrial action in a ballot.

The British Medical Association (BMA) described the planned action as a "last resort" on the day it balloted its members in a dispute with the Government over new contracts.

Junior doctors are being asked whether they want to take industrial action over Government plans to establish a new contract. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

The BMA said it had taken the "extraordinary step" of announcing the proposed dates ahead of the ballot result on November 18 "because we want to give as much notice as possible".

If there is a yes vote, junior doctors will only provide emergency care for 24 hours from 8am on December 1, followed by full walkouts from 8am to 5pm on December 8 and 16.

The new contract, which is due to be imposed from next summer, offers junior doctors an 11% rise in basic pay but has been criticised for reducing their maximum working hours from 91 to 72.


Thousands join junior doctors' protest in Newcastle

Thousands of people marched through the centre of Newcastle on Saturday, October 24, in protest against changes to junior doctors' contracts.

Some say it will put patients at risk, as the proposals will make doctors tired and more likely to make mistakes. But the government claims the changes are necessary to create a seven-day NHS that woud be safer for patients.

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PICTURES: Junior doctors march in Newcastle

More than 1,500 junior doctors have gathered in Newcastle city centre to protest against proposed changes to their contracts.

Junior doctors are marching in Newcastle in protest against proposed changes to their contracts Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Credit: Chris McHugh
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Hundreds of junior doctors gathered to march through the city centre before a rally at the bottom of Northumberland Street. Credit: Chris McHugh

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Newcastle hospital criticised after man dies from blood poisoning

The Health Ombudsman has criticised a Newcastle Hospital after a father died from blood poisoning.

The man, known as Mr L, was admitted to the RVI hospital with signs of sepsis after discovering a painful lump.

He was sent home without surgery or appropriate treatment.

He returned to hospital three weeks later with intense pain in his foot.

It was found that the infection had spread, and he died a few days later.

Newcastle Hospitals Trust has apologised to his daughter and paid two thousand pounds in compensation.

The Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman, who carried out a report into this incident, say their work highlights the impact that public health families can have on families and patients.

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust say they have taken steps to improve.

"In 2012 the Trust did undertake a detailed investigation and gave an unreserved apology. Subsequently on the recommendation of the PHSO, a payment of £2,000 was made to the family 'in recognition of the injustice suffered'

– Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson
Health Ombudsman report published today Credit: PA
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