Ambulance takes 75 MINUTES to reach girl, 15, who had suffered a brain haemorrhage
An angry mother has described how she had to wait an hour and fifteen minutes for an ambulance for her daughter who had suffered a brain haemorrhage. Paula Rudd, who is medically trained, said her daughter Georgina had a grey complexion and complained of feeling sick, having a pounding head and neck pain.
Miss Rudd, a radiographer at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, imediately phoned her GP who advised her to call for an ambulance. Miss Rudd first called 999 from her home in Ilkeston, Nottinghamshire, at 9.30am. ‘They asked me three questions and said I needed to speak to a triage nurse,’ the 44-year-old said. ‘I said I was medically trained and needed a doctor or an ambulance straight away.’
She said she was rung back by a nurse and told an ambulance would be with her as soon as possible.
While her mother was on the phone, Georgina was in the bathroom, moaning in pain. After Miss Rudd hung up, she went back to Georgina, who had by then fallen unconscious. ‘She was foaming at the mouth, her eyes were in a rolled-back position and she was groaning. I put her in the recovery position, then went to get the phone again.’
Miss Rudd first phoned the number on which she had been called by the nurse, but when that wasn’t answered, she dialled 999 again. ‘They told me I had to go through it again, so I said she was unconscious and not responding to anything, that there was something seriously wrong and I needed an ambulance. ‘They just said an ambulance would be with me very soon. I was just so desperate.’
After ending the second 999 call, just after 10am, Miss Rudd called Georgina’s dad, Edward Rudd. When he arrived, at about 10.20am, he made a third emergency call and was allegedly told that if Miss Rudd did not stop shouting, they would not get there at all.
She said: ‘Anyone who has a daughter who is unconscious for nearly an hour would be hysterical.’ Miss Rudd said she also asked a friend and her GP to ring the ambulance service before the paramedics’ arrival at 10.45am.
She said the paramedics tried to get Georgina into a chair and down the stairs but she had started to throw her arms and legs around. ‘She ended up half-in and half-out of the chair. Her head was bumping on stairs. I was quite distressed by this.’
Mr Rudd, 54, went with Georgina in the ambulance, while Miss Rudd followed. At the QMC, her daughter was immediately taken to the resuscitation area. Within minutes, she had a CT scan and doctors said she had suffered a massive bleed to the brain and needed immediate surgery to save her life. ‘As soon as she was in, we were treated brilliantly,’ said Miss Rudd.
Georgina, who has a 20-year-old sister, spent the next few days in a critical condition, and is now stable in hospital.
Doctors said the bleed was the result of a malformation of her brain from birth. The family is still waiting to hear whether the haemorrhage caused permanent brain damage.
Miss Rudd has made a formal complaint to East Midlands Ambulance Service and is considering legal action. ‘Everyone is just shell-shocked about everything,’ she said. ‘I feel shocked and numb and immensely grateful for everyone at the QMC but I feel generally very angry with the ambulance service.
‘It’s not their responsibility she fell ill but I expect a service from them and I wouldn’t like to think about it happening to someone else. I’m medically trained but even with that I just felt so lonely in that moment. It was the longest time of my life.’
A spokesman for the ambulance service said: ‘We strive to provide the best possible service to patients at all times and so we are sorry that Miss Rudd is unhappy with how we responded. ‘A comprehensive investigation into our handling of the 999 call will now be carried out and we will let Miss Rudd know the findings as promptly as possible.’
Britain a world leader in working mothers: And it’s harming children’s development, warns global report
Half of British mothers now go out to work before their child’s first birthday – despite clear evidence it can harm their development, an authoritative international report has found.
Mothers in the UK are more likely to rush out to work than those in other Western countries, ignoring research that those who stay at home tend to bring up children who are better behaved and do well at school.
The report quotes studies which found that children of working mothers fare worse in reading and maths tests, tend to be more badly behaved and are more likely to have attention problems.
Critics say the report lays bare the extent to which successive governments have harmed a generation of youngsters by encouraging women to put their children into care and go out to work.
Only Denmark has a higher proportion of mothers in paid work when the child is a year old. The 279-page study paints a depressing picture of family life in Britain, with single parenthood, cohabitation and illegitimacy all on the rise. Called Doing Better For Families, it was compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which represents 34 industrialised nations.
Just a day before the Royal Wedding which will celebrate the institution of marriage, the study shows that just 64.5 per cent of British children grow up with two married parents.
The report shows that in most of the world, maternal employment does not harm child development – but this is not the case in the UK and the U.S..
More than a quarter of mothers in the UK – 28 per cent – are in paid work before their child is six months old. But the children of mothers who go to work before they are six months old end up performing worse at vocabulary tests at the age of five, and significantly worse at reading and maths at seven compared to the children of stay-at-home mums.
The correlation is the same, but less marked, for children whose mothers waited until they were between six months and a year to go to work.
In both cases, the OECD says that attainment and behaviour are even more affected if the working mother is educated to degree-level. Around a third of British women with degrees are back at work within six months.
The report says: ‘In the UK, early maternal employment (full-time and part-time) appeared to have a very small negative association with vocabulary test scores for children aged four to five.
Maternal employment also has a serious effect on behaviour and attention spans by the time the child is seven, again with the situation more marked if the mother went to work before the child was six months.
The OECD suggests that this may be to do with the quality of childcare in the UK. Good childcare is the most expensive in the Western world.
Norman Wells of pressure group Family and Youth Concern, said children were losing out because mothers were under such pressure to go back to work earlier. ‘Too often the needs of children take second place to the desires of a minority of women to impose their feminist agenda on every family,’ he said.
In another sign of Broken Britain, the OECD report demonstrates that we have one of the highest rates in the world for divorces involving children. Almost two thirds (63 per cent) of our divorces are among couples with children. In Italy the figure is a third.
The report also shows how the benefits system creates an incentive for parents to live apart. Single parents get the sixth best deal in the West, while couples get the tenth worst.
Our young people are more likely to cohabit than almost anywhere else in the world. Some 24 per cent of 20 to 34-year-olds are living with a partner – a proportion only exceeded in the Netherlands and Scandinavia.
The report also shows that Britain has seen one of the sharpest rises in illegitimate births. Some 45 per cent of births now take place outside marriage.
British safety madness again: Butlins bans bumping on the bumper cars
When Sir Billy Butlin introduced bumper cars to Britain more than 80 years ago, it can be assumed he expected holiday makers to have fun on the fairground ride bumping into each other. But what Sir Billy did not foresee was the modern culture of health and safety that has not only introduced seat belts and insisted everyone drives in the same direction, but banned bumping.
Staff at all three Butlin resorts in Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness are instructed to ban anyone found guilty of bumping into each other in the electric cars equipped with huge bumpers.
Bemused customers who assume that the ‘no bumping sign’ is in jest are told to drive around slowly in circles rather than crash into anyone else for fear of an injury that could result in the resort being sued.
Telegraph columnist Michaal Deacon, who has just returned from a holiday at the Bognor Regis resort, said the experience was like “trundling round an exitless roundabout”.
“I’m not convinced that the dangers were great, given that the bumper cars were equipped with bumpers,” he said. “Seat belts, too. There were no airbags for the drivers, but it can be only a matter of time.”
Butlins confirmed that people are not allowed to bump the bumper cars for “health and safety reasons”. In fact the resorts insist on calling the experience Dodgems rather than bumper cars.
Jeremy Pardey, resort director at Bognor Regis, said there have been injuries in the past including broken bones, due to people bumping into each other. He said the rules are “pretty vigilant” to avoid anyone being hurt, although customers are not asked to wear crash helmets.
But he insisted people have “great fun” dodging one another by crossing the circle of traffic and over taking. “The point of our Dodgems is to dodge people, not to run into people,” he said.
Sir Billy Butlin was the first person to introduce the concept of driving electric cars, equipped with large bumpers, around a flat ride. He brought the UK franchise for Dodgem Cars, a brand of bumper cars manufactured in the US, and introduced them at his holiday camps in 1923.
The ride is now common on most fairgrounds and it is generally accepted that the point is to try and get around as fast as possible by dodging other people and even bumping off rivals.
Although many fairgrounds do have signs saying ‘no bumping’ for health and safety reasons or even for fear of litigation, few fairgrounds ban people for breaking the rules.
Anecdotal evidence suggest people have tried to get compensation for whiplash or other injuries sustained on the Dodgems, but there has not been a single successful case. In fact, more than one firm of solicitors uses the level of impact one would receive from a dodgem crash as an example of where a neck injury compensation claim would not succeed. It would also be difficult to prove some fault on the part of another dodgem driver.
David Cameron has pledged to tear up “mad health and safety rules” that have prevented firemen and police doing their jobs properly.
British police hunt joker who drew Hitler moustache
A rural police force has been criticised for starting an investigation after a poster making a local councillor look like Hitler was put up on a village notice board. At least four officers are said to have visited residents in the hamlet of Pitcombe, Somerset, after a poster of the Conservative councillor Mike Beech had a Hitler-like moustache drawn on it.
After seeing the poster, Mr Beech reported it to the police. Officers began an inquiry under the Public Order Act, saying that the poster could be deemed to cause “harassment, alarm and distress” to the councillor.
Officers even conducted house-to-house inquiries, visiting homeowners at each of the hamlet’s 20 houses. Villagers said the investigation was “an outrageous waste of police and taxpayers’ money”.
David Issitt, a 58-year-old carpenter who lives in Pitcombe, said: “Everyone I have spoken to thinks it is completely over the top. Even the constable who visited me told me he had better things to do.
“The police came to the village three times – it was a complete waste of time by the police. They have far better things to do than following up complaints like that.
“The police even came knocking on people’s doors in the evening. If my shed was broken into would I have received such a tenacious response?
“If Mr Beech is involved in politics, I’d suggest he grows a thicker skin. It was simple lampooning and he needs to learn to laugh at himself.” Mr Beech, a Conservative member of South Somerset district council and former chairman of Pitcombe Parish Council, admitted he had called in the police because he was a “bit offended” by the picture which made him look like the former Nazi leader.
“This is something I am trying to forget. Basically the picture was put on the noticeboard and I took advice from the political hierarchy and they said it was probably best to report it.”
Pitcombe is home to an estimated 40 people and only 13 crimes have been reported in the hamlet and surrounding villages all year.
Avon and Somerset Police confirmed a complaint had been made about posters put up on the village noticeboard, which is not lockable.
A spokesman said: “Police started an inquiry under the Public Order Act that the posters could be deemed to cause ‘harassment, alarm or distress’ to an individual. “There is no CCTV in the village, although house-to-house enquires have been undertaken. Officers are duty bound to investigate formal complaints of criminal damage.”
Earlier this month, neighbouring Gloucestershire police were criticised after spending £20,000 on an operation to arrest suspected scrap metal thieves after they took 47p worth of scrap from a skip.
Last year, it was claimed that a police force sent a van full of officers to oversee a calendar model posing in the street in her underwear. Thames Valley Police said that they were acting on a tip-off that Rebecca Hill planned to walk naked down the street.
British University campuses ‘a hotbed of Muslim extremism’, claims Parliamentary security group
Universities are failing to tackle the growing menace of Islamic extremism on campuses. Although they have been aware of the problem for many years, university authorities are reluctant to combat it because they fear a decline in the number of foreign students, from whom they make millions of pounds every year, it has been claimed.
A report by a Parliamentary homeland security group said the evidence against universities was ‘damning’ and that there was no sign of the risk of student radicalisation diminishing.
The review highlighted serious problems and claimed that ‘some universities and colleges have become sites where extremist views and radicalisation can flourish beyond the sight of academics’. The report called on the institutions to tackle the issue with ‘utmost urgency’.
Terror expert Professor Anthony Glees said the universities had failed to co-operate with the Government, making it much harder for them to tackle extremism. He said ‘money-hungry’ institutions are more worried about their coffers than keeping the country safe and insisted they must allow counter-terrorist police access to campuses and clamp down on extremist Islamic societies.
He added: ‘We are dealing with people who hate this country and the way that it is governed. ‘Taxpayers would be sickened by the idea that taxpayer-supported universities are giving people the space to develop plans that will result in some of us being blown up.
‘The fundamental problem is that universities have refused to co-operate. ‘It is not because they are fusty academics stuck in their ivory towers unaware of the scale of the issue. It is because they are now money making enterprises. ‘They fear a hard line will lead to a decline in the number of lucrative foreign students coming to British universities.’
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security was set up in the wake of the alleged attempt by student Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to blow-up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam, carrying 280 passengers, as it made its final descent towards Detroit on December 25, 2009.
The Nigerian studied at University College London between 2005 and 2008, and was the Islamic Society president from 2006 to 2007.
The Parliamentary group said the Government’s National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review were ‘deeply unsatisfactory’.
A previous inquiry found that UCL will remain at risk of radicalisation for as long as the institution retains its ‘educational mission and character’.
Shortly after the foiled Christmas bomb attack, it was revealed that security services believed 39 universities were ‘at risk of extremism’.
Foreign influx ‘threatens uniquely British identity of public schools’
Private schools risk diluting their ‘uniquely British identity’ as pupils numbers are kept buoyant by an increase in overseas students. A national census of fee-paying schools shows the number of new overseas pupils in independent schools has reached unprecedented levels, increasing by a massive 44.4% on last year. More than a third of these youngsters, 37.8%, are from China and Hong Kong.
Meanwhile some 2,559 fewer British pupils were admitted in September 2010, compared with the previous year. Experts believe the drop in British pupils is due to high fees which spiralled out of control during Labour years and increased by an average of 4.5% in September 2010.
Average boarding fees for sixth formers are now £26,346-a-year and £16,290 for day pupils. Three schools now charge in excess of £30,150. The average annual fee for a private education is £13,179. That is an increase of 4.6 per cent on last year.
The fees are proving prohibitive for many recession-hit British parents. But wealthy parents from China and Kong Hong, who have a culture of paying for a good education, are happier to fork out. They believe a British private school education will help their child get into a top UK university. The revelation coincides with the phenomenon of the Tiger Mother who will relentlessly push their children to academic success.
Yesterday David Lyscom, chief executive of the Independent Schools Council, warned the trend risked diluting the nature of independent schools. He said: ‘Some schools specialise in teaching overseas students, to prepare them for entry to British universities. ‘So in the majority of private schools there are a handful of overseas pupils.
‘But one of the attractions of a British independent education is that it is uniquely British. ‘It is a brand that needs to be protected. It is all very well to have them [overseas students] but we need to make sure that it doesn’t go too far or we’ll lose our appeal.’
Data from Independent Schools Council (ISC) census which covers 1,234 schools, shows total of 13,944 of the 506,500 pupils in fee paying schools – 5% – are non-British with parents living overseas. This is an increase of 5.5% on last year. On average, each school has around 20 overseas pupils. The average independent school has 410 pupils.
Overall independent pupil numbers have dipped slightly, by 0.2%. It brings the numbers back to 2004 levels, after peaking in 2009, with some 506,500 pupils in the 1,234 fee paying schools.
Mr Lyscom added that although they had lost a few British pupils he was very encouraged because, despite the recession, few were fleeing the independent sector. This academic year there are some 5,859 pupils from Hong Kong and 3,428 and China in private schools. Of these 2,245 from Hong Kong and 1,684 from China were new to their school.
Self-proclaimed Tiger Mother Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, said Chinese parents fight far harder than Western parents to educate their children. She said they are prepared to ‘scrimp and save’ for a good education and ‘drill their children on academic task ten times more than Western parents’.
The next single country with a large share in pupils in fee-paying schools was Germany where 9.6% of all are foreign students.
British bar-room singer arrested for racism after Chinese passers-by hear him singing Kung Fu song
Batty Britain again:
“A pub singer has been arrested on suspicion of racism for singing the classic chart hit Kung Fu Fighting. The song, performed by Simon Ledger, 34, is said to have offended two Chinese people as they walked past the pub where he was singing.
The entertainer regularly performs the 1974 number one, originally by disco star Carl Douglas, at the Driftwood Beach Bar in Sandown, Isle of Wight. But after one of the passers-by reported his routine on Sunday afternoon, Mr Ledger was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment.