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Damning report into Nursing and Midwifery Council following Furness General scandal

Furness General Hospital Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/PA Images

A damning report says the professional body overseeing midwifery standards at Furness General Hospital must do more to address serious concerns over standards of care.

It comes after the deaths of 11 babies and a mother at the hospital.

Concerns had been raised about the fitness to practice of some midwives.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council's apologised for its failings and says that improvements have been made.

Harry Cayton from the Professional Standards Authority, which published the report, says progress still needs to be made, whilst John Woodcock, the Barrow and Furness MP, has also levelled criticism at the NCM.

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'Empty shoes' raise awareness of ME

Hundreds of pairs of empty shoes have been laid out in the centre of Manchester to remember people who suffer from ME. The shoes form part of an international day of action calling for better understanding of the condition and for more money to be spent on researching a cure. Ralph Blunsom reports...

Hundreds of empty shoes laid out in Manchester to remember sufferers of ME

'Empty shoes' laid out in St. Peter's Square Credit: GTV

Hundreds of 'empty shoes' have been laid out in Manchester to remember people who suffer from ME.

The shoes symbolise the footwear of people diagnosed with the condition who are so debilitated they can no longer use them.

ME, or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, affects a quarter of a million people across the UK.

It is a systemic neuroimmune disease which typically leads to a severe worsening of symptoms after physical, mental or emotional exertion. It disrupts both the immune system and the nervous system.

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Vigil for Alfie Evans to 'brighten up the world' on what would have been his second birthday

Alfie Evans life support was withdrawn after doctors said further treatment was futile Credit: Family picture

Supporters of Alfie Evans have organised a vigil to “brighten up the world” on what would have been his second birthday.

Family and friends along with members of ‘Alfie’s Army’ plan to light a candle to remember the 23 month old who was at the centre of a legal battle over his life support.

The vigil will be held in Springfield Park, next to Alder Hey Children's Hospital where Alfie died.

Alfie had suffered from an undiagnosed brain condition. His parents had wanted to take him abroad to Italy for further treatment - but doctors said further treatment was futile and his life support was withdrawn last month.

Supporters comforted outside Alder Hey after Alfie's death was announced Credit: PA

IoM abortion reform Bill passes third reading

The public entrance to the House of Keys chamber Credit: ITV

The Isle of Man's abortion reform Bill has passed its third reading in the House of Keys.

This morning Dr Alex Allinson persuaded the majority of members to vote in his favour, winning with 22 in favour and two against from Chris Robertshaw and previous health minister Kate Beecroft.

The Bill will now be reviewed by the Legislative Council.

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