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NHS Darlington: "We are sorry that George's family have had difficulties"

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George Morrison, a six-year-old boy who needs cornflour to survive is being denied a prescription of the household product by pharmacists who have replaced it with an untested drug.

He must be fed cornflour every three hours - including through the night - to prevent dangerous symptoms caused by GSD.

NHS Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group have issued the following statement:

We are sorry that George’s family have had difficulties navigating health services. NHS Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) does not commission pharmacy services, the family have not been in touch, however if they wish to, we would be happy to offer our support.

– Diane Murphy, Executive Nurse, NHS Darlington Clinical CommissioningGroup (CCG)


Man stabbed in Darlington

A man has been stabbed following a disturbance at a house in Darlington.

Officers were called to Foxglove Close in the east of the town early this morning, January 29.

The 32-year-old man suffered puncture wounds to his back and stomach.

He was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough with non-life threatening injuries.

A local man and woman, aged 32 and 29, have been arrested on suspicion of causing actual body harm and are being questioned by police.

Police say that all those involved were known to each other and they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the stabbing.

Corbyn backs school's anti pyjama campaign

Parents should 'put some proper clothes on' when the do the school run, Jeremy Corbyn said as he backed a headteacher who appealed to parents to stop arriving in their pyjamas.

But the Labour leader said how they dressed was less important than making sure their children arrived on time and were well fed.

Kate Chisholm, headteacher at Skerne Park Academy in Darlington, made the appeal after she had noticed an increase in the number of parents wearing nightwear to the school gates and even to school assemblies and meetings.

Asked about the issue during a visit to Middlesbrough, Mr Corbyn told The Gazette: 'I wouldn't do it myself, I'd advise people to wear a coat and put some proper clothes on - it gets cold out there.'

Parents fear 'scum' label after pyjama letter

A request for parents to stop wearing their pyjamas on the school run has divided opinion at a primary school in Darlington.

Some parents say that not getting dressed for school is 'shameful', while others have criticised the letter for bringing them unwelcome attention.

Meanwhile, Skerne Park Academy headteacher, Kate Chisholm has defended her choice to ask parents asking them to stop wearing pyjamas on the school run.

Ms Chisholm has said despite all the media attention, she would send the letter again for the sake of improving standards at the school.


'Pyjama drama': Headteacher would send letter again

The headteacher of a school in Darlington has defended her choice to send a letter to parents asking them to stop wearing pyjamas on the school run.

Kate Chisholm has said despite all the media attention, she would send the letter again for the sake of improving standards at the school.

I can't tell people how to dress and I would never dream of trying to.

However, I think some things need to be said whether parents agree with me or not.

I feel it got to a point where for the sake of school improvement and the outcomes of the children I had to say something.

At the end of the day I would still send that letter because I do believe in reinforcing children's life chances."

– Kate Chisholm, Headteacher at Skerne Park Academy

'Getting children to school is priority', says 'pyjama parent'

Our reporter Tom Sheldrick has told us that at Skerne Park Academy, in Darlington, there are differing opinions from parents this morning regarding the pyjamas debate.

Some say they'd never wear pyjamas, they agree with headteacher who sent out a letter on the subject.

Others say it's 'each to their own' and some say the letter has painted the community in a bad light.

No pyjamas were spotted there this morning until one parent arrived wearing hers.

When asked about it, she said she was running late, that she doesn't normally wear them, and added that getting her daughter to school is her priority. She does not agree that it sets a bad example.

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