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Detectives investigating allegations of mistreatment and neglect of stroke victims at a hospital have arrested two more people.A man and a woman, described by Lancashire Police as healthcare professionals, were arrested on suspicion of administering any poison or noxious thing with the intent to injure and ill treatment or wilful…
A healthcare professional has been arrested on suspicion of poisoning patients as part of an investigation into allegations of mistreatment at a hospital.Lancashire Police said they had been contacted by the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on November 8 over allegations of mistreatment and neglect of patients at the…
A woman and her ex-partner have been jailed for 10 years each for allowing the death of a toddler who was tied face-down to a "cage bed".Lauren Coyle and Reece Hitchcott (pictured), both 20, were found guilty of causing or allowing the death of Coyle's daughter 19-month-old Ellie-May Minshull Coyle…
Loved ones of a father-of-three murdered by a schizophrenic in a random attack have said an NHS report into his death is a whitewash. Robert Kay, 49, walked into the open garage of Ian Dollery's seaside home in St Annes, Lancashire, and stabbed him 30 times with a kitchen knife…
A baby suffered brain damage after choking while feeding and being shaken by his anxious father, a family court judge has concluded. The little boy, who is now approaching his second birthday, had been left with "significant disabilities", Judge Alan Booth heard. He had been injured in late 2016 when…
The boss of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has stepped down days before a review into the regulator's handling of the Morecambe Bay scandal is due to be published. Jackie Smith has announced her intention to stand down from her role as chief executive and registrar of the NMC.…
A mother is facing a life sentence for murder after battering to death her "helpless and vulnerable" baby daughter two hours after social services care workers left her home alone with the child. Jennifer Crichton, 35, left her seven-month-old daughter Amelia with "catastrophic" head injuries, including bleeding on the brain,…
Edge Hill University has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research to review the provision of respite care for young adults with life limiting conditions or complex needs. The research team, led by Sally Spencer, Professor of Clinical Research in the University’s Postgraduate Medical Institute, has received £168,554…
Six children have been taken from the care of a couple whose "fundamental" disagreements over parenting led to "turbulence and worse" in their home. A family court judge said the woman had a "more relaxed" parenting style but the man was "firmer". Judge Ross Duggan said the woman talked about…
A former soldier who spent 26 years in the British Army has swapped the front line for a first-class degree from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Simon Jones, 46, has graduated with a BA (Hons) in Social Work and has already accepted a position with Lancashire County Council’s Children’s…
Some parents of children with cancer spend thousands of pounds every year on travel for treatment, figures suggest. Research from the charity Clic Sargent found that some end up in debt and are forced to live on credit cards to ensure their child can attend hospital. On average, families travel…
‘A trade in people’ with learning disabilities and/or autism has been uncovered by a partnership of activists, families and Lancaster University academics. The new report from the University’s Centre for Disability Research (CeDR) found that last year £477 million was forecast to be spent on keeping just 2,500 people with…
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