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NHS privatisation fears spark Bristol protest

The 100-metre-long petition has been signed by thousands of Bristolians. Credit: ITV News West Country

Balloons emblazoned with pro-NHS slogans and a 100-metre-long petition against privatisation have been part of a protest in Bristol today.

The 300 balloons carry the message 'Vote for a Public NHS'. Credit: ITV News West Country
Protestors march up Bristol's Park Street. Credit: ITV News West Country

The petition is addressed to the Clinical Commissioning Group because it was set up by the present government with the specific purpose of contracting out sections of local NHS services in such a way that profit making companies can run them as money-making concerns. It is this fracturing and marketization of our integrated national health service which local people are protesting about.

– Protect Our NHS, the campaign group that organised the event

5,000 people have signed the document demanding that Bristol's NHS stays out of the private sector, and a procession of protestors are delivering it by hand to the city's Clinical Commissioning Group.

The even has been organised by the Protect Our NHS campaign group Credit: ITV News West Country
Protestors with carry balloons with political slogans. Credit: ITV News West Country

Study reveals majority of asthma deaths preventable

Asthma costs the NHS a billion pounds a year. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

New figures have revealed that more than 350,000 people in the South West have asthma.

Today is World Asthma Day, and it's estimated the condition costs the NHS a billion pounds every year in treatment. This includes more than 3.7 million GP visits, and over 65,000 emergency admissions - three-quarters of which are preventable.

The first National Review of Asthma Deaths has found that two-thirds of asthma deaths could be prevented with better everyday care, and that half of patients have poor control of their condition - despite available treatments to help manage it.

Poorly controlled asthma means people take twice as many days off work as other asthma patients, and are more likely to need hospital treatment for attacks. The review recommends that those with the condition talk to their doctor if they have wheezing, chest tightness, coughing and/or shortness of breath.

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Man diagnosed with lung cancer after being told to take Ibuprofen

Chris Rowe was told for months that he just had a cough. Credit: ITV News West Country

A young father from Gloucester has found out he is dying from lung cancer - despite being told by his doctor that it was just a virus.

31-year-old Chris Rowe, a previously healthy non-smoker, had an irritating cough for six months. Going to his GP four or five times, he was told over and over again to just take some Ibuprofen - even after he started coughing up blood.

Chris eventually looked up his symptoms on the internet, called 111 and went to hospital, where weeks of scans and tests revealed he has terminal cancer. He and his pregnant wife Kate, who are expecting a baby boy in June, are now trying to alert other young people to the risks of getting the disease.

Chris worked as a self-employed plasterer, but has since had to give up working. His friends have launched an appeal called Fight for Chris to help the struggling family, and to pay for any pioneering treatment which might become available. So far they have raised almost £14,000.

Chris and Kate's baby is due in June. Credit: ITV News West Country

Chris and Kate are urging anyone with a persistent, long-running cough to insist they are checked for lung cancer. Anyone with concerns can get further advice from the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, who support sufferers and provide an online checklist of signs and symptoms.

"Be more insistent with doctors", warns cancer patient

Chris and his pregnant wife Kate. He says his ultimate goal is to meet his unborn son Credit: ITV News

A 31-year-old lung cancer sufferer and his pregnant wife are warning people his age to be more insistent with doctors if they feel they're not being taken seriously.

Chris Rowe from Gloucester - a non-smoker - was told by doctors that his cough was due to a virus. He looked up his symptoms, which included coughing up blood, on the internet and the hospital confirmed it was cancer.

His form of the illness is incurable. Chris told ITV West Country that his ultimate goal is to meet his unborn son Max.

Parents of Abigail criticise hospital

The parents of a baby girl who died after heart surgery have criticised the hospital for not being upfront enough about the dangers their daughter faced.

Five month old Abigail Treloar was born with a complicated heart condition. Today an inquest heard she died from natural causes, and the coroner recorded a narrative verdict.

Bristol Children's hospital says it would like to "repeat its condolences to Abigail Treloar's family."

Our Health Correspondent Katie Rowlett reports.

Hospital statement after baby death inquest

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust have issued a statement after today's inquest into the death of five-month-old Abigail Treloar.

We would like to repeat our condolences to Abigail Treloar's family.

The coroner found that Abigail was born with severe congenital heart disease and sadly died following a necessary and appropriate procedure.

It has been a very difficult time for her family and our thoughts are with them.

– Trust spokesperson

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Abigail Treloar inquest: post mortem showed damage to heart muscle

Details of the post mortem examination after the death of 5-month-old Abigail Treloar at Bristol Children's Hospital showed there was damage to the little girl's heart muscle.

Dr Michael Ashworth, a pathologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, found in the post mortem on 26 June 2014 that there was damage to Abigail's heart muscle that he thinks had been done earlier, before the little girl's final cardiac arrest.

Mother of baby Abigail questions cardiologist after daughter's death

A mother, whose daughter died after heart surgery at Bristol Children's Hospital, has questioned the treatment given to her baby by the cardiologist.

Five month old Abigail Treloar died in June last year after a fourth operation on her heart.

At today's inquest her mother questioned the actions of consultant Dr Robin Martin. Dr Martin said Abigail hadn't responded to previous procedures - and that a fourth was needed to explore her condition further. A verdict is expected later this afternoon.

Mother of baby who died at Bristol Children's Hospital demands answers

Abigail Treloar died after heart surgery at the hospital.

A mother whose baby girl died after heart surgery at Bristol Children's hospital says she has many questions ahead of her daughter's inquest tomorrow.

Five-month-old Abigail Treloar from Stockwood in Bristol died last June after an operation on her heart. This will be the tenth inquest into children's cardiac deaths at the hospital.

Sharon Treloar, Abigail's mother, told Katie Rowlett about her frustration at still not knowing why her baby died.

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