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Inquest into death of 12-day-old Harley

Harley Pascoe was born with half a heart Credit: Family

An inquest will begin today into the death of a 12-day-old baby from Cornwall.

Harley Pascoe was born with half a heart. His operation was cancelled five times because - his parents were told - he wasn't ill enough to need it urgently.

Harley is among 32 babies and children who have died on Ward 32 - Bristol Children's Hospital's cardiac unit.

MPs call for hospital closure plans to be reconsidered

Axminster Hospital is under threat. Credit: ITV News West Country

Three Devon MPs are calling for plans to close beds at a number of community hospitals to be re-considered.

The Clinical Commissioning Group of Mid & North Devon are currently consulting over proposals to lose beds at a number of hospitals - including Axminster, Ottery St Mary and Tiverton.

Mel Stride, Neil Parrish and Hugo Swire are now seeking a meeting with the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to discuss the matter.

Argus leaves Falmouth on its way to fight ebola

The medical ship RFA Argus has left Falmouth on its way to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against ebola.

The ship is packed with food, medical equipment and thousands of bottles of water but ebola patients won't be brought on board because of the risk of spreading the virus.

The RFA Argus is guided out of Falmouth on its mission to West Africa Credit: ITV News
The ship's company stands on ceremony Credit: ITV News
More than 750 servicemen and women are on board the medical ship, including personnel from RNAS Culdrose Credit: ITV News

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Calls for an investigation into botched eye operations

There's been a call for the Health Secretary to investigate claims about botched eye operations at a hospital in Somerset.

Lawyers acting for patients who were treated for cataracts at a mobile clinic in the grounds of Musgrove Park hospital say more than 30 people suffered complications. The operations were carried out by a private firm contracted by the NHS.

Labour say the government needs to investigate why the operations weren't stopped as soon as concerns were raised.

Here's the Shadow Health Minister Andrew Gwynne

RFA Argus will leave Falmouth for Sierra Leone today

RFA Argus will leave Falmouth headed for Sierra Leone Credit: ITV News

RFA Argus, a medical ship with a fully-equipped 100-bed hospital on board, will leave Falmouth today on its way to Sierra Leone, to help Ebola victims.

The ship is packed with food, medical equipment and thousands of bottles of water and has a state of the art casualty unit but Ebola patients won't be brought on board because of the risk of transmission.

PCC blasts 'horrendous harm' caused by alcohol

"I am afraid we live in a society where people are less willing to take responsibility for their own actions and their impact on others and now it is clearly time for everyone in the South West to take responsibility for their own use of alcohol.

"For many months I have spoken about the horrendous harm caused by the misuse of alcohol and these figures illustrate, in the starkest possible light, the staggering human cost: 314,000 alcohol related hospital admissions and 758 people dead – through drink, in a single year are simply not acceptable.

"These avoidable demands are being met by the public at large – the costs of caring for, and the harm caused by, drunks is being paid for by many who never drink in anything other than moderation.

"So on most evenings our casualty units are full of drunken men and women injured through fighting, after falling down drunk or being beaten by a drunken partner at home.

"The excessive burden on the police, the ambulance service, on doctors and nurses has to change. If tax-payers want the police to protect their homes and their children they cannot be expected to spend time clearing up the mess left from drunken binges."

– Tony Hogg, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner
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