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Family of misdiagnosed cervical cancer patient call for NHS inquiry

The family of NHS nurse Julie O’Connor are fighting for an inquiry into her death, after her cervical cancer was misdiagnosed and not spotted by doctors for years.

Julie allegedly had her initial cervical smear test at Bristol’s Southmead Hospital in September 2014, and the test results came back as negative. Even after six further tests, there were allegedly no signs of cancer.

Kevin O’Connor, Julie’s husband, told Good Morning Britain they believed the original pap smear test was ‘misdiagnosed and mistreated’, and this pushed them to get a second opinion.

“It was unfortunate we had to go to a private consultant to get the cancer diagnosis. We have been campaigning for the last two years for an independent review,” he said.

"We sent the smears and biopsies off for independent analysis. They came back as riddled with cancer cells. It was unreasonable that anybody would have missed it, but the hospital was still in denial."

When they received her cancer diagnosis, Mr O'Connor said they were 'dumb struck'.

Julie passed away on 4th February 2019 at the age of 49.

Three days before her death, she sent a video message to the health officials she had believed failed her and her family.

Lying in her hospice bed, she said: "I think it’s disgusting that my life should have been suffering the way it has and will continue to suffer."

Julie's daughter Sophie told GMB: “My mum, she created a really big legacy in our family. She was never negative about any of this...I promised that I would look after my dad and my brother for her.”

The hospital has admitted to negligence and apologised to the O’Connor family, but Mr O'Connor is campaigning for more to be done.

He told GMB he is concerned other cases of cervical cancer have been missed by the hospital.

“Are there more victims? They need to go back to 2014, are there other victims out there?" he asked.

“This is not about the blame… it’s ensuring there are no more victims out there.

“I’m not angry - that’s not going to help us and not going to help Julie - just frustrated. We would just like an independent public inquiry.”

According to Mr O'Connor, the hospital is allegedly doing a partially independent review and is only covering the investigation itself.

A spokesman for the North Bristol NHS Trust said: “We are committed to understanding the full circumstances of the case we provided so we can improve our services for the future, and we will be publicly open with the overall findings of the independent investigation we have commissioned."

Police cuts put the public ‘at risk’

The public and police are exposed to ‘increased risk’ as a survey revealed that more officers are working alone.

According to a study by the Police Federation, the police are struggling to tackle the rise in knife crime with 75% of officers patrolling the streets alone.

With youth crime nearly doubling last year, this recent police study disclosed that the police are struggling to meet the increasing demands.

Proposal to cancel free TV licences for seniors sparks debate

A consultation exploring a scheme providing seniors over 75 with a free TV licence has proposed to end this service by 2020.

According to TV Licensing, nearly 3.9 million seniors have their £150.50 TV licences paid for by the government every year. Advocates for elderly people have slammed the decision, believing it improves the wellbeing of many lonely elderly people across the UK.

However the BBC argues, by ending the scheme, they will be able to save costs and invest the money in better quality programmes.

Breastfeeding kit for men: The future of fatherhood?

According to its inventor, a hormone kit that lets fathers breastfeed when their partner is struggling could be available in as little as five years. An 'empathy tool' for fathers, the kit involves taking several drugs through the partner's pregnancy so that the man grows milk ducts at the time of birth.

Spencer Matthews, Quentin Wilson and the product's inventor Marie-Claire Springham debated the future of 'chestfeeding' this morning.

‘We just want him home’: Family of missing pilot appeals for help to fund search efforts

In an emotional interview on Good Morning Britain, the family of missing pilot David Ibbotson have said they will not give up searching for him.

His wife Nora and daughter Danielle have set up a fundraising page to restart the search, after recovery efforts ended last week.

On the programme this morning, Nora called David their ‘rock’, and said the idea of him being away from the family unit was unthinkable.

“We just want him home… We can’t leave him out there on his own.”

BAFTAs 2019: What you need to know

The 72nd BAFTAs - the biggest evening of the British film industry - was on Sunday 10th February at the Royal Albert Hall.

Actress Joanna Lumley hosted this year - her second time since her successful debut at last year’s BAFTAs.

The Favourite won seven BAFTAs: Outstanding British Film, Leading Actress, Supporting Actress, Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Production Design, Make Up & Hair.

Roma won four BAFTAs: Best Film, Director, Film Not in the English Language and Cinematography.

Rami Malek won Leading Actor for Bohemian Rhapsody.

Mahershala Ali won Supporting Actor for Green Book.

Letitia Wright won the EE Rising Star Award,

Doctors suggest parents should manage children's screen time

For the first time, the government has published guidelines for families on how to manage their children’s online screen time and social media.

This comes as social media giants are facing intense scrutiny over their complacency on the accessibility of content relating to suicide and self-harm.

Statistics on excessive use of social media show an alarming negative impact on young people, with depressive symptoms among boys and girls increasing with social media use.

Confessions of a Serial Killer with Piers Morgan: What makes a killer?

In a new ITV true crime series, Piers Morgan delves into the mind of Bernard Giles, one of the most notorious serial killers in the US, sitting down with the convicted killer in a chilling interview.

Giles - who was only 19 at the time - went on a three-month killing rampage in the early 1970s.

He is currently serving a 45-year sentence for the murders of:

  • Paula Hamric, 22
  • Nancy Gerry, 18
  • Carolyn Bennett, 17
  • Sharon Wimer, 14
  • Krista Melton, 14

However, it’s speculated he could have murdered more women which hadn’t confessed to.

Dr Casey Jordan is an investigative profiler, and criminologist. She said it’s difficult to determine what shapes a serial killer, but “the bottom line is it’s back to the nature vs nurture debate.”

Giles had a relatively normal childhood and his siblings, and for profilers, it’s difficult to determine what moment - if any - triggered these homicidal tendencies.

“If he wasn’t 19, or full of raging hormones and testosterone at the time, would things have been different?” asked Dr Jordan.

She added Giles was a “hedonistic lust serial killer”, who killed arbitrarily without fear of being caught.

Watch Confessions of a Serial Killer with Piers Morgan Thursday 9pm on ITV.