Live news stream

Twins take on Greenland ice caps in charity trek

Hugo and Ross Turner will trek 340 miles across Greenland. Credit: ITV News

Identical twins who went to school in Taunton will be starting a 340 mile trek across the North polar ice cap this week.

Hugo and Ross Turner from Kings School are heading to Greenland, and hope to raise tens of thousands of pounds for the charity, Spinal Research. It's after Hugo narrowly escaped becoming paralysed in a sporting accident.

National

Breast cancer patient: £90,000 drug changed my life

A patient using the breast cancer drug Kadcyla, which could be blocked from routine NHS access because it is too expensive, told ITV News the treatment had improved her quality of life.

"I was in quite a bad state, and within about two cycles my life felt like it had turned a corner. I was able to do things I wasn't able to do prior to being on this treatment," Mani said of the drug, which currently costs around £90,000 per patient.

Advertisement

SW Ambulance chief admits "failing" callers

The chief executive of the South Western Ambulance Service has admitted it "failed to deliver the performance required" in answering weekend calls to the NHS 111 number.

In one week alone nearly 900 people seeking non-emergency advice in the region hung up.

The Trust is reviewing staffing and says it's confident it's making the necessary improvements to the service.

In a recent bulletin to staff, chief executive Ken Wenman said: "Over the past few weekends we have failed to deliver the performance required by NHS England and our commissioners."

Busy periods such as Easter can be a challenge for services such as NHS111.

In order to meet this challenge we were able to put robust plans in place, including additional clinical resources, to bring about improvements in performance, which were seen over the Easter weekend and these improvements will continue.

The support from our NHS111 call operators has been amazing and we are all confident that we are making the improvements necessary.

– Dave Beet, the Trust’s deputy director of service line strategy

Man faces trial over indecent images of children

A man from Bristol is to face a crown court trial accused of possessing and making indecent images of children.

36 year old Vincent Tabak, originally from the Nethelands will stand trial on September 8 at Bristol Crown Court.

He faces four charges of possessing an indecent photographs of a child and two charges of making an indecent photographs of a child.

The engineer was charged following the discovery of nearly 200 indecent images of children.

He appeared via video link at Bristol Crown Court this morning - but did not enter a plea.

Vincent Tabak faces charges over indecent images of children. Credit: PA

Drug will still be available

A doctor involved in the trial of a new cancer drug in Bristol says patients will still have access to it despite it being rejected for being too expensive.

Kadcyla costs around £90,000 per patient, but can prolong life by six months. Oncologist Mark Beresford says funding from the government will be able to pay for it in England until at least 2016:-

Advertisement

Taser victim "embarrassed" by strip search

Daniel Dove told the court he complied with the police up until the point he felt he was being humiliated.

"I felt embarrassed, he said. "I flicked my pants at him because I was annoyed at what he had done.

"I didn't know he (PC Birch) had a taser. He pulled it from behind his back and shot me with it. I think it was unrational (sic) to use it."

Under cross-examination Mr Dove denied being abusive and threatening club door staff. He also refuted kneeing a police officer in the groin during his arrest.

National

Expert: NICE faced 'difficult decision' over cancer drug

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) faced "difficult decisions" when it deemed a breast cancer drug which can extend sufferers lives by "up to six months" was too expensive, according to a health expert.

Dr Hilary Jones told Daybreak the £90,000 price tag per patient would have meant taking funds away from other vital services the NHS provides.

Load more updates