Minister rejects ‘May should quit’ reports

Brexit could be lost if deal is rejected, Hunt warns Tories Big Brexit vote: What do I need to know? On Tuesday, MPs will vote for a second time on the withdrawal deal Mrs May has negotiated with the European Union – ahead of the UK’s scheduled departure from the bloc on 29 March. They rejected it by a historic margin in January – with many Tory Brexiteers opposing it because of concerns about the “backstop” proposal in the agreement, aimed at avoiding a return to a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Many believe the deal is heading for another defeat, with little sign of progress in continuing talks with the EU about getting legally …

Bestival drugs death boyfriend to appeal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Michie shouted “evil, evil” and “not even sorry” at Broughton during an angry exchange at court during the trial His defence team urged jurors to consider the evidence of medical expert Prof Charles Deakin who said he could not “beyond reasonable doubt” confirm whether medical intervention would have saved Ms Fletcher-Michie’s life but on the “balance of probability” it was likely “while she was still breathing”. Broughton was found guilty of manslaughter and supplying the Class A drug 2CP by unanimous verdict last Thursday. Boyfriend jailed for Bestival drugs death Bestival death accused ‘delayed’ helping He had already pleaded guilty to supplying 2CP to Ms Fletcher-Michie and her friend at Glastonbury Festival in …

Carrying car seats could injure new mums

The Professional Network of Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP) said the seats were not well designed for carrying. What is the problem? Image copyright Nelly Brewer Image caption Nelly Brewer says she suffered a bladder prolapse after lifting her baby in his car seat Nelly Brewer from the Forest of Dean suffered a bladder prolapse three years ago when she lifted her baby’s car seat for the first time, three weeks after giving birth. “I carried the car seat into the health visitors, ironically, and after that I felt a weird sensation,” she said. The civil servant, who was 29 at the time, discovered the front wall of her vagina had collapsed. “It was horrendous – I thought my …

Rail passengers ‘face another difficult year’

Trains chaos: What’s really going on? Broken rail disrupts trains across country Last May, Network Rail attempted to roll out timetable changes which affected 46% of all services. The report found it caused “unprecedented disruption” for weeks across the south-east and north of England. Govia Thameslink Railway and Northern failed to run 780 scheduled services on average each day, the equivalent of one in 10 trains. Other services were “significantly delayed and overcrowded”. Related Topics Network Rail Govia Thameslink Railway Northern Rail travel Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Rucksack heart woman dies after transplant

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘I carry my heart in a rucksack’ A woman who carried an artificial heart in a rucksack after her own was removed has died from transplant complications. Rebecca Henderson, 24, from Bicester, was given the green light to receive a donor organ after scans showed she had been free of cancer for a year. But her relatives said she died on Wednesday in Harefield Hospital “surrounded by family and friends”. She was one of only two people in the UK with an artificial heart. Her family said: “Becca was a beautiful, brilliant shining light in our lives. Image caption Rebecca Henderson relied on this artificial heart to pump blood around her body …

Period health to be taught in English schools

“My experience at school would be very different now,” Alice says. Endometriosis, which affects one in 10 women in the UK, is where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows elsewhere in a woman’s body. It causes chronic pain, fatigue, bowel and bladder problems, and can lead to infertility. Children to be taught about FGM harm What were your experiences of sexual education in school? Could it have been improved? Email haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk Image copyright Alice Smith Image caption Alice says she would have gone to a doctor sooner if she’d been taught about endometriosis Alice calls it her “mission” to make sure young girls being diagnosed with the condition now don’t have to feel like that. “It really …

Extreme allergies: ‘I couldn’t even eat an apple’

Image copyright Debbie Schmid Image caption Debbie says her whole family are happy to eat what she eats “I think there was a shift in hormones that created this change in my body… ongoing from that, each time I had it it got slightly worse. “I had only had one prawn… I started to develop a rash that literally worked its way up my body, I became very hot, I was quite disorientated, I felt very sick and then I became really cold,” she explains. “The last thing I remember of that particular event was just crawling into bed… I just felt like I needed to shut down.” After this “frightening” incident, Debbie was referred to a specialist clinic on …

Hillsborough mum describes ‘battleground’

The boys had tickets for the Leppings Lane terrace, beneath the West Stand where Mr and Mrs Steele were sitting. Image copyright FAMILY HANDOUT Image caption Philip Steele had travelled to the game with his parents and brother A gate to the pen was opened and people were carried out on to the playing surface, she said. “Suddenly the football pitch looked like a battleground – there were so many people out there lying around,” she said. She walked down from the stand with her husband and saw Brian standing on a wall on the concourse looking for his brother, the court heard. Image copyright Julia Quenzler Image caption Dolores Steele told the court her husband, Les, identified their son’s …

Autism-anorexia link ‘must be acted on’

She said she had wanted to put on weight but her autism – at that stage undiagnosed – had meant she would not let herself. “It was all about the calories, all about the numbers,” she said, having begun to write down what she was eating aged 19. “I actually admitted myself into the eating disorder unit because I had started exercising a lot and I wasn’t eating anything. “They put me in a wheelchair and said my weight was so low that if I didn’t eat, I would need to be sectioned.” Image caption Will Mandy says it is key for healthcare professionals to understand the autism-anxiety link Will Mandy, a leading autism researcher, from University College London, said …

Suicide mum failed by benefits agency

She was suffering from pneumonia when she missed her assessment but was then ruled fit to work and had her Employment and Support Allowance halted. ‘Pushed’ to her death Her mother, Joy Dove, of Norton, said she was “shocked” by the extent of the failings outlined in a letter from the Independent Case Examiner. She said: “It was awful. There was no need. They pushed her to it. “How can you cut someone’s money off without seeing them?” Image caption Joy Dove has described the family’s compensation payment as “blood money” The DWP said it apologised to Ms Whiting’s family for “failings in how we handled her case”. A spokeswoman added: “Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time …

Who are the MPs resigning?

But who are the MPs within it? Image copyright UK Parliament Former party: Conservative Constituency: MP for Cambridgeshire South since 2015 Majority in the last election: 15,952 Referendum result: 38% Leave, 62% Remain Positions: She sits on the Work and Pensions committee, but has not held any government posts. Before becoming an MP she worked for ExxonMobil, the Royal Mail and ran a manufacturing business. Ms Allen has campaigned repeatedly, and with some success, for changes to new benefits system Universal Credit. She is a vocal supporter of the People’s Vote campaign for a further referendum on EU membership. Image copyright AFP/ Getty Images Former party: Labour Constituency: MP for Liverpool Wavertree since 2010 Majority in the last election: 29,466 …

Will universities go bust if fees are cut?

Are universities really in financial difficulty? What makes universities really nervous is that a reduction in fees will not be replaced by direct funding from the government. Even if funding is promised, it will make universities dependent on the goodwill of politicians, competing with other spending pressures, such as health and schools. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency There are a finite number of students – and if some universities take an ever-rising number, others will be left starved of fee income. Sir Anthony attacks a “greedy cohort” for threatening the higher education “eco-system”. Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency show some universities have piled on extra students, while others have shrunk. Universities with decreasing undergraduate student numbers between 2007-08 …

Mugger guilty of killing 100-year-old woman

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSofija Kaczan death: 100-year-old’s killer caught on CCTV A mugger has been found guilty of killing a 100-year-old woman whose neck was broken in a handbag robbery. Sofija Kaczan died of pneumonia on 6 June in Normanton, Derby, days after the attack. Mrs Kaczan was robbed near her home in Empress Road, Normanton, on 28 May as she made her way to church. Artur Waszkiewicz, 40, of Wolfa Street, Derby, had denied manslaughter and robbery but was convicted at Derby Crown Court. Polish-born Mrs Kaczan, who survived a Nazi camp during the Second World War, suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured neck and cheekbone. She later died of pneumonia brought on by …

Brexit: Will Britons in the EU still get healthcare?

“We are in a situation now where many of our fellow-citizens living in Spain or France do not know in just over 40 days time whether they will have any health cover,” Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative chair of the House of Commons health select committee told BBC News. We’ll look at the situation in those two countries and Ireland. There is considerable uncertainty about what would happen if there is no deal but the government says it is in “close discussions” with EU member states and will do all it can to ensure patients can continue to access healthcare, whatever the outcome. If the UK leaves the EU with Theresa May’s deal, after 29 March 2019 UK nationals in EU …

‘I gave birth to my daughter’s baby’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMother acts as surrogate and carries her daughter’s baby A 55-year-old woman has acted as a surrogate for her daughter and given birth to her child. Tracey Smith has a condition which means she is unable to carry a baby. So her mother Emma Miles, from Lampeter in Ceredigion, lost six stone (38 kg) to allow her to carry baby Evie. She was born last month – and as a review takes place, Tracey has called for a change in the law to make it easier for her to be legally named as her daughter’s mother. Current rules mean Emma is named on the birth certificate and Tracey faces a lengthy court …