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Forest of Dean residents "treated unlawfully" by NHS

A campaigner from Gloucestershire has told MPs that people living near the Welsh border are being denied their legal rights to NHS standards of healthcare.

Pamela Plummer told the Welsh Affairs committee that 6,000 people in the Forest of Dean are registered with Welsh GPs because there are none closer in England.

However that means they are often referred to Welsh, rather than English hospitals, where some treatments are not available.


51% increase in operations cancelled on the day

New figures have revealed a huge increase in the number of operations in the South West cancelled on the day they were due.

The figures - released by the Labour party - say that the South West has seen a 51% increase in cancelled operations this year.

Numbers in Bristol have doubled.

the number of on-the-day cancellations in Bristol has doubled. Credit: PA

Landmark dementia conference in Bristol today

Some of the leading minds in the field of dementia treatment and research will meet in Bristol for a landmark conference today.

The 'Hope for The Future' event, chaired by news broadcaster Martyn Lewis, will bring together charities, campaigners, carers and businesses.

The day-long conference is being organised by Bristol-based Alzheimer's research charity BRACE.

Dementia affects 800,000 people in the UK. Credit: PA


Bath's Royal United Hospital gets foundation status

The RUH has won Foundation Trust status Credit: ITV News

The Royal United Hospital in Bath has been granted Foundation Trust status.

It means the Trust will have greater financial freedom and can decide how to improve services away from government control. The move was put back a year in 2013 after a highly critical report on the hospital from the Care Quality Commission.

Foundation Trusts are still very much part of the NHS but they have more autonomy. What that means is, going forward, decisions about the future services the RUH provide will be made in the RUH.

It's much more about working with our patients and the wider community and getting them to help us shape our future going forward.

– James Scott, Chief Executive, Royal United Hospital

New Wiltshire Air Ambulance to begin in 2015

The new Wiltshire Air Ambulance is due to go into service in the New Year, heralding the end of a long association with the county's police force.

The two organisations have been sharing an emergency response helicopter since 1990. But new legislation means it now has to operate separately from the police. The new Bell 429 helicopter has rapid response capabilities and a top speed of 180 miles an hour.

Woman awarded £11,050 after womb & organs removed

A report by the NHS watchdog has revealed a woman who had an operation to remove an ovary was mistakenly given a hysterectomy by doctors at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. She also had her appendix removed.

Her wound reopened after surgery but it was not treated properly. She had to have another operation and take a long period of time off work to recover.

The case was investigated by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, who found that doctors failed to carry out adequate assessments and that the woman's post-operative care was below standard.

The Trust apologised, paid the patient £11,050 compensation and has taken steps to learn from the blunder.

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman Julie Mellor says investigations such as this highlight the devastating impact failures in public services can have on the lives of people and their families.

Professor says clocks change not good for health

Did you remember to put your clocks back yesterday? Credit: PA

The clocks may have gone back yesterday but a researcher from Bristol University says it would be better for children's health if they didn't change.

Professor Ashley Cooper compared activity levels in nine countries. He found youngsters would get an average of two minutes more exercise every day if England followed European time.

He says the figure is significant when compared with overall activity levels.

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