‘Extraordinarily painful’ death of woman who waited TEN weeks for proper treatment of severe burns from hospital
A mother who suffered severe burns while cooking has died after waiting almost a month to see a specialist. Shamim Akhtar, a 66-year-old mother-of-two, failed to receive the necessary care for her injuries at Rochdale Infirmary, an inquest heard.
She was admitted to the hospital on March 15, 2010, after suffering burns to her right arm and back while cooking chapattis at her home in Castlemere Street, Rochdale.
Her headscarf and sari caught fire and she phoned her neighbour Hamida Begum for help, the inquest heard. The wounds were dressed at Rochdale Infirmary, but Mrs Akhtar was discharged after asking to go home.
Two days later she was admitted to the hospital for an existing heart problem. Consultant cardiologist Dr Mohammed Khan said Mrs Akhtar’s wounds were dressed on the heart ward and she was prescribed antibiotics. But after staff raised concerns about the state of the burns she was referred to a specialist at Wythenshawe Hospital.
Wythenshawe burns consultant Jacky Ann Edwards said the wound was ‘incredibly deep’ and ‘extraordinarily painful’ when she saw Mrs Akhtar on April 12. Miss Edwards, who said there are new assessment guidelines in place since the incident, added: ‘Had it been treated initially within 48 hours it is unlikely to have reached that condition.’
Dr Sally Bradley, medical director at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: ‘We deeply regret and apologise that the severity of her burns were not fully recognised and that there was a delay in transferring Mrs Akhtar to Wythenshawe.’
Mrs Akhtar died from multi-organ failure at Wythenshawe Hospital 10 weeks after first being admitted to Rochdale Infirmary.
Coroner Simon Nelson said there was a lack of ‘joined-up thinking’ over the treatment and care at the infirmary. But he said it was inappropriate to reach a verdict of neglect because it could not be proven the condition which caused the organ failure had come from the wound or if it was already present.
He recorded a narrative verdict that Mrs Akhtar died from multi-organ failure caused by endocarditis and her death may have been accelerated by the infection and burns.
He said the severity of her injuries was neither fully recognised nor appropriately managed by Rochdale Infirmary.
Dr Sally Bradley, medical director at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: ‘We deeply regret and apologise that the severity of her burns were not fully recognised and that there was a delay in transferring Mrs Akhtar to Wythenshawe. ‘We will now look again to see if anything further can be done to prevent a similar case happening.’
Hospital shuts baby unit after infection kills three newborns
Three babies have died from an infection in the same neonatal unit at a hospital in Northern Ireland.
Staff are clearing the room where the infants were treated at the Royal Maternity Hospital in Belfast, after finding all three deaths were caused by a bacteria called pseudomonas.
Other vulnerable babies have been swabbed for signs of the infection, and the room will undergo deep-cleaning over the weekend as staff try to find the source of the infection.
Two heavily pregnant women have had to travel from Northern Ireland to Dublin to have their babies because of the deadly outbreak. The expectant mothers were due to give birth at the Royal Hospital in west Belfast, but were forced to endure the 100-mile journey after pseudomonas struck the neonatal unit.
The parents of the 23 babies left in the unit, which is used to treat extremely premature and small infants, are now anxiously awaiting test results. The mother of one baby girl said: ‘She’s just seven weeks old and was born at just 24 weeks, weighing just one pound seven ounces. ‘She has come so far, past illness and the fact that she could get sick again – we really don’t want to think about it.
‘It takes about 48 hours for results to come back so hopefully we’ll find out today.’ The bacteria can cause infections in the chest, blood and urinary tract.
Consultant Clifford Mayes said: ‘Where it is possible, we will transfer a mother and baby out before delivery to other hospitals. ‘The large area with 13 babies is being deep-cleaned. There are only three babies remaining in that room.’
The first baby died on January 6 and the second on January 13. The third infant died late on Thursday night.
Doctors first became aware that there was a problem with the infection on Monday night, after test results came back for the second baby. Mr Mayes said: ‘Every baby has been screened with skin swabs, looking for any evidence of pseudomonas. ‘It is a germ which can be on your skin and not cause any harm but with a sick patient it can cause very serious problems. ‘The babies now are being moved depending on results as they come back.’
Pseudomonas is not itself infectious but because it exists in water or moisture patients can carry it on their skin. It can be treated with the right antibiotic, but the third baby died despite the treatment. The bacterium infects the lungs of those with weak immune systems and causes breathing problems.
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust chief executive Colm Donaghy said: ‘The trust will be carrying out a full investigation and an analysis over the circumstances over this period to see exactly what did happen and if there’s anything else that we could have done. ‘Our first priority at this point in time is the safety of the babies.’
A large intensive care room which can take up to 13 babies is in the process of being cleared. The infants are being separated into small rooms and the deep-clean will be carried out over the weekend.
Dr Mayes said it would be some time before other information about the outbreak was collated, as blood samples take 48 hours to be analysed.
Edwin Poots, the Northern Ireland health minister, said the authorities were taking the matter very seriously. ‘It is important that we remain calm. Infection control teams are now in the process of trying to identify the source of the infection and minimise the risk of spread to other babies in the unit.’
Some babies may be moved to other health trusts or even outside Northern Ireland if the pressure becomes too great. It will take at least a week to find out if the deaths were related to different strains of the infection.
Between 3,700 and 4,000 cases are reported to the Health Protection Agency every year. There are usually fewer than 80 cases of it annually across Northern Ireland.
There are 30,000 job vacancies in London but young Brits don’t have the right work ethic, says Mayor
Unemployed young people need to learn lessons from the hard-working immigrants who have taken their jobs, Boris Johnson said last night.
The Mayor of London said that the younger generation are missing out on jobs because they do not have the same ‘energy to go out and get them’ as the foreigners being employed in this country.
Speaking a day after youth unemployment broke records, Mr Johnson said that there are vacancies, but British young people do not have the right work ethic.
He pointed to successful sandwich chain Pret a Manger, noting native Londoners are rarely seen behind the till. ‘London is a fantastic creator of jobs – but many of these jobs are going to people who don’t originate in this country,’ he said.
‘They are hard-working, good people, and we need to learn from them and understand what it is that they have got that makes them able to get those jobs that young Londoners don’t have.’
Figures released earlier this week showed that more than one in five of those between the age of 16 and 24 are unemployed, hitting a total of 1.04million.
But Mr Johnson, who is hoping to beat Ken Livingstone in the mayoral race in May, said that there are around 30,000 mid-market and lower-skilled vacancies in London alone. He said: ‘There are large numbers of job vacancies. Why are young people not taking up those jobs? How can we help them? That is the key problem for our economy.
‘In this city there are jobs going. It’s vital that Londoners have the skills and the aptitude but also the energy and appetite for work as well.’ He went on to suggest that British young people do not have the same determination as many of the foreign workers in hotels, coffee shops and shops in this country.
‘Let’s talk about work ethic,’ he said in the interview with The Sun. ‘I don’t want to stigmatise young people because many of them do have the aptitude. But we need to face up to these issues. ‘In some cases it can come down to the fact that the jobs are there and people need to have the energy to go out and get them.’
Unemployment figures this week showed that the overall jobless total has reached a 17-year-high of 2.69million.
Mr Johnson also criticised unemployed graduate Cait Reilly who claimed earlier this month that she is suing the Government for making her taken an unpaid work placement at Poundland in Birmingham. He said she ‘sneered’ at hardworking Britons by saying the work was ‘forced labour’, telling newspaper: ‘She should not turn down the opportunity to do work of a kind that many, many people do and value’.
He recalled his first job as a trainee reporter at The Times saying he could not believe how hard everyone worked when he first started and insisted Miss Reilly would learn from her work placement.
Britain pays more than £2 BILLION in welfare payments to foreigners each year
More than £2billion is being claimed in benefits by foreigners every year, including thousands of illegal immigrants, figures reveal.
The Department for Work and Pensions announced a fraud investigation last night after it emerged 5,000 illegals claimed handouts worth £42million to which they are not entitled.
Ministers acted after the first-ever study of claimants’ nationality, which found 371,000 foreign nationals are on out-of-work benefits.
The study by the DWP found 6 per cent of all benefit claimants were foreign nationals when the data was collected in February last year.
Of those claiming benefits, 258,000 were from outside the European Economic Area, which includes the 27 EU countries as well as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
But a follow-up exercise found 2 per cent of all claims by foreign nationals were made by those without the immigration status to justify the payments.
The DWP said last night: ‘Two per cent of cases appeared to have no lawful immigration status and the legitimacy of their status for benefit purposes is being investigated.
‘The DWP is co-ordinating with UK Border Agency to review the small number of cases where it appears benefit is being claimed illegitimately. ‘Where this is the case, benefit will be stopped and enforcement activity considered.’
Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: ‘It is not acceptable that people from other countries can claim our benefits if they have not worked or paid tax in the UK. ‘We will root out those claimants who cannot prove their immigration status and in turn they will be stripped of their benefits.’
Immigration Minister Damian Green said: ‘These findings uncover a worrying issue we have inherited, which is why we’ve ordered urgent work to pursue claimants suspected of abuse and to withdraw their benefits if they cannot prove they are entitled to claim.’
According to the figures, 54 per cent of non-EEA claimants went on to secure British citizenship. But the survey also suggests many are moving to the UK to take advantage of our generous benefits system.
Last year £35billion was paid to 5.5million people in out-of-work benefits, including Jobseeker’s Allowance, Incapacity Benefit and its replacement Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Disability Living Allowance, Carer’s Allowance and Bereavement benefit. Of that, 6 per cent, or £2.1billion, goes to foreigners.
Under current rules, those given leave to enter or remain in the UK may be eligible for income-related benefits, including anyone granted refugee status, exceptional leave to enter or remain, or Humanitarian Protection.
EEA nationals with ‘worker status’ who have left their job but are looking for alternative work are eligible for income-related benefits.
Those who can demonstrate they are seeking work are eligible for Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Robert Oxley, of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: ‘With billions at stake the proper controls need to be in place to prevent benefit tourism from swallowing up taxpayers’ money.
Taxpayers will rightly worry the rules designed to prevent benefit tourists are steadily being eroded by a meddlesome EU, leaving Britain to pick up a bigger welfare bill than it needs to.’
How 500,000 British pupils dodge core High School subjects as schools sign them up for softer options
Almost 500,000 state school pupils are failing to achieve good GCSEs in core subjects because they are signed up to softer options by their schools.
Instead of studying English, maths, history or geography, science and languages – the bedrock of a good education – many are taking easier but less useful subjects such as media studies or sociology.
In addition, league tables being published on Thursday will reveal for the first time how low, medium and high achievers do in their GCSEs in relation to the results of assessments made when they were 11.
Primary league tables from December showed that tens of thousands of 11-year-olds who had top grades at seven then went downhill after being left to coast in maths and English.
Educational reformers are keeping a close eye on GCSE results in core subjects.
More than twice as many public school children as state-educated pupils achieve the Coalition’s new English Baccalaureate.
According to the Department for Education, 35.7 per cent of public school pupils passed last year. That compares to just 15.2 per cent in state education, leaving 84.8 per cent who didn’t make the grade – or 481,000 pupils.
The award is not a qualification, but a measure of how well schools teach core subjects. To pass it, a GCSE student must score between A* and C in English, maths, science, a language and history or geography.
Schools with low numbers achieving the ‘EBacc’ will plunge down league tables.
Alan Smithers, of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, said: ‘The EBacc is the Government’s attempt to nudge schools into encouraging pupils to take core subjects.’
Because it was only introduced in September 2010 to include that year’s exam results, it is too soon for it to have had an impact on Thursday’s secondary school league tables.
Professor Smithers said these results would be taken as a ‘baseline’ by which subsequent progress would be measured, adding: ‘For the exams taken this year we will be able to see what the impact has really been.’
An uninsightful look at racist attitudes
Below is an academic journal article which claims that “racists” have low IQs. I append some comments at the foot of it
Bright Minds and Dark Attitudes
Lower Cognitive Ability Predicts Greater Prejudice Through Right-Wing Ideology and Low Intergroup Contact
Gordon Hodson et al.
Despite their important implications for interpersonal behaviors and relations, cognitive abilities have been largely ignored as explanations of prejudice. We proposed and tested mediation models in which lower cognitive ability predicts greater prejudice, an effect mediated through the endorsement of right-wing ideologies (social conservatism, right-wing authoritarianism) and low levels of contact with out-groups. In an analysis of two large-scale, nationally representative United Kingdom data sets (N = 15,874), we found that lower general intelligence (g) in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology. A secondary analysis of a U.S. data set confirmed a predictive effect of poor abstract-reasoning skills on antihomosexual prejudice, a relation partially mediated by both authoritarianism and low levels of intergroup contact. All analyses controlled for education and socioeconomic status. Our results suggest that cognitive abilities play a critical, albeit underappreciated, role in prejudice. Consequently, we recommend a heightened focus on cognitive ability in research on prejudice and a better integration of cognitive ability into prejudice models.
What the article ignores is that the mental gymnastics required by political correctness are considerable. A simple soul who sees a lot of black crime is likely to have a low opinion of blacks and say so. But, as is often said, some ideas are so stupid that only an intellectual would believe them. And concluding that chronic black criminality is all Whitey’s fault is one such idea. So all the study really shows is that brighter people are more able to absorb the counterintuitive but politically correct cult that the elite have made normative in society. Only simpler people take their views from observable reality.
And we must also note that we are talking here about ADMITTED attitudes. And where some attitudes are much decried — as are racially-denominated attitudes — the truth of any admissions can only be speculated on. It could well be that attitude to blacks (say) is the same at all levels of IQ but only the simpler members of society are foolish enough to admit what they really think.
I could go on but I think it is already clear that this study proves nothing.
Muslim fanatics who called for execution of gays face up to seven years in jail in Britain
Doubtful that they will get ANY jail — unlike the white holocaust denier who got 4 years
“Muslim extremists who handed out leaflets calling for homosexuals to be hanged, stoned and burned to death were facing up to seven years in prison last night.
The group handed out the material in the street as well as posting it through letterboxes in a hate-filled campaign calling for the execution of gay people who they claimed were at the root of society’s problems.
Ihjaz Ali, Kabir Ahmed and Razwan Javed are the first to be prosecuted under new laws against inciting hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Yesterday as they were found guilty at Derby Crown Court, residents spoke of how the three fundamentalists wanted to transform their small area of Derby into a ‘medieval state’ under Sharia law. Anyone who dared to question their extreme agenda was branded an ‘M15 agent’ or a ‘sell-out,’ they said.