Nurses didn’t give a damn. But I wasn’t going to let my gran die
Doctors told Hazel they could do nothing for her grandmother. But, as her shocking yet inspiring diary reveals, she nursed her back to health with love, tenacity… and a lot of custard
When doctors told Margaret Park’s family the 89-year-old was dying, her devoted granddaughter resolutely refused to accept the hospital’s prognosis. Hazel Carter, 41, stayed by her grandmother’s side for two weeks – determined to help her recover.
Meanwhile, she kept a moving diary, which gives a shocking insight into how easily old people can be ‘written-off’ by the NHS if they don’t have family to fight for them.
Earlier this week the Mail reported that four patients are dying hungry and thirsty on Britain’s hospital wards every day. Here Hazel, who runs a building company with her husband Andrew, 48, and lives in Scorton, Lancashire, with their son John, 20, tells the full, disturbing story of her grandmother Margaret’s stay at Blackpool Victoria Hospital…
SUNDAY, 13th MARCH, 2011
11pm: I am devastated. At 4pm I received a message to get to the hospital as soon as possible. Gran was admitted to hospital two days ago with a virus, but then I got the call to say she has just hours to live.
Mum was dreading telling me as she knew I would take it badly. Gran has always been an inspiration. She is the strongest, most determined and capable person I have ever met. I am a better person for having the privilege of knowing her and love her with every bone in my body.
When I arrived the whole family was gathered around her bed saying their goodbyes. I asked why the doctors couldn’t do anything to help. Mum said it was her time and her heart can’t take it any more.
I felt sick and helpless, but most of all I was angry nothing could be done and I couldn’t help asking: ‘Why not?’ Nobody knows the answer.
Gran was tired and confused but thankfully she knew me. A little later we all left to await news, but I just wanted to be with her so I returned to the hospital.
She’s on a drip, and a heart monitor that fluctuates all the time, and has an oxygen mask that she constantly pulls off as it obviously feels uncomfortable. I began to hold it for her. I also started offering her a drink via a straw every ten minutes.
As time passed she became ever so slightly more lucid, then a nurse arrived and gave her an injection and Gran was asleep again.
I’ve rung my husband Andrew and he says I can stay as long as I like. My son John arrived about 8pm and has been helping me wash her face and massage her limbs. I can’t believe all this is happening.
MONDAY, 14th MARCH
John stayed all night — what a good lad. Like me, he believes Gran is going to be ok.
This morning I asked the nurses what’s in the injections she’s receiving — it’s morphine. When I asked if it was helping her get better they looked at me strangely and said it was purely to keep her comfortable. But Gran isn’t uncomfortable and being knocked out, in my opinion, is not helping her recover.
When I asked why she wasn’t getting her normal medication before admission (she was being treated for an irregular heartbeat and thyroid problems) they just fobbed me off.
I asked my brother to bring in some custard as it’s easy to swallow and Gran ate a tub straight away. She was starving as she hasn’t eaten since Friday. I asked him to get more!
The specialist came about 8.30pm and took me and Mum into a room and again told us there was no hope.
I asked how they were so sure. After my endless questions the specialist said that only a miracle will keep my gran alive and even if this miracle happens she will never leave hospital or walk again. Apparently her heart is just too weak and she has pneumonia. But I’m not having any of it.
Mum gathered her brother and sisters and at 10pm they all went to see Granddad Jack, 89, to whom Gran’s been married for 65 years. The decision was made not to revive her if she goes downhill. I don’t agree but respect it’s their decision.
It’s now the early hours. I have just put my foot down and politely told the nurses not to give Gran any more morphine injections. It’s not helping her breathing.
In total she ate four tubs of custard today. She’s definitely improving.
11.30am: A specialist came again earlier and I asked why Gran isn’t being given her usual tablets. They told me she can’t have them because she is ‘nil by mouth’. It turned out someone had deemed her to be ‘nil by mouth’ previously because she wasn’t eating or drinking, and then no one had thought to challenge this decision. What a mess.
‘The specialist is still convinced Gran is dying — I am sick of telling them there is improvement and being ignored’
But nobody told me she couldn’t eat or drink, so I explained she had been eating and drinking through a straw and that’s what’s making her stronger. But now they have said I can’t give her anything at all and are going to send a different specialist to assess her further.
12.30pm: Gran’s saline drip bag, which is now the only thing keeping her hydrated, was taken away to be changed about an hour ago and still hasn’t come back.
9pm: I don’t believe what is happening — the nurses have changed shift and so we will have to wait until the morning for a new saline prescription! So she’s getting no food or liquid!
10pm: I have just sneaked her a bit of custard and her whole face lit up. You wouldn’t treat your worst enemy like this. It’s not the nurses’ fault. The doctors have clearly written Gran off, and they are short-staffed and just following instructions. The longer I am here, the more I know I can’t leave!
10am: Hurrah! We have the saline drip back up, so after nearly 24 hours she is getting fluids again. Still no sign of the specialist to assess her eating and I am sick of asking. Not convinced her heart monitor is working properly either. I know Gran has an irregular heartbeat but it’s up and down all the time.
Also, her catheter bag is full and there’s no one to change it — I have just drained it off into a sick bowl.
9pm: This afternoon they decided the heart monitor has malfunctioned and took it away. So her heart rate can’t be as bad as we have been led to believe. Gran’s still very weak but definitely getting better — she has been chatting about her mum to me. She would do even better if she was allowed to eat. It’s soul-destroying watching her starve.
8am: The eating specialists have just been and Gran has been diagnosed with dysphagia — difficulties with swallowing that mean fluid easily ends up in her lungs. But it means we can feed her again, as long as everything is thickened.
I’m tired today — I’ve been sleeping on three hard chairs in Gran’s room. I couldn’t cope without John coming to help me every night. He’s been sleeping on the floor.
The specialist is still convinced Gran is dying — I am sick of telling them there is improvement and being ignored.
10am: Really disgruntled. Gran needs her normal medications or this virus really will finish her. Why won’t they listen — she is not dying! Today we aim to have her sitting in the chair at visiting time — Granddad will be so pleased.
2pm: We made it. Granddad’s face was a picture when he walked in. She was in the chair with her hair done, teeth in and glasses on. Fab.
The improvements over the last couple of days have been incredible. Granddad keeps thanking me, but there’s no need. I feel a bit embarrassed.
Gran has just asked if I work for the hospital now. When I said no, she asked who was paying me — she’s still so sharp. She can’t get her head round the fact that I am here simply because I love her.
11am: Gran had some porridge this morning and custard. She must feel better.
2am: Well, that’s it. The battle’s over — we are losing Gran just when I was sure she was going to be ok. I went home at 1pm but when I came back at 7pm Gran was hallucinating. I noticed pools of fluid under her skin on her shoulders, arms and legs. ‘I just want to take Gran home; she will mend so much quicker if she is with Granddad’
Uncle Andrew and (his wife) Aunty Elaine came and the staff nurse told us that her heart was not pumping properly and her liver had stopped functioning. Basically her internal organs have shut down. An hour ago a doctor confirmed it all.
It’s horrific. Uncle Andrew — Gran’s only son — has been crying, his head in his hands on the windowsill.
I just can’t believe I was so wrong. We have to tell the family again tomorrow. At least Granddad spent the day with her. My heart is breaking.
3pm: I can’t believe this place! Mum just overheard two nurses talking about Gran in the corridor.
Apparently the cannula in her hand (a tube inserted into a vein to administer the saline drip) came loose, so the fluid was being pumped under her skin instead of into her system. Cannulas are meant to be changed every couple of days but it hadn’t been done — because they expected her to die I suppose.
So nothing is wrong with Gran’s organs. She was hallucinating because the fluid was not going into her and she was dehydrated.
A stupid mistake has caused all this heartache and pain. Unbelievable … Lost for words.
5.45am: Andrew and Elaine were here tonight. We have not had a wink of sleep. Gran woke at 2am saying she couldn’t breathe and panicking like mad. Clearly she was given something yesterday that wasn’t thickened properly so has liquid on her lungs.
The nurse was going to sedate her, but I managed to calm her down. The last thing she needs is sedation! I just want to take Gran home; she will mend so much quicker if she is with Granddad.
Andrew brought me an electric blow-up bed yesterday and it’s so comfy I just want to curl up and go to sleep.
9.30pm: The Tesco at Poulton ran out of custard yesterday — Gran has eaten it all …
At last everyone is realising Gran’s not going to die, and people are starting to talk about what happens next.
Some of the family don’t think we can manage at home and are talking about a rehabilitation place. But if she goes there she’ll never come home.
If she’s home I can dedicate more time than any hospital. Everyone’s tempers are becoming frayed with frustration, emotion and tiredness. I feel awful because I got angry today. We all want what’s best, and the hospital’s attitude has not helped.
Gran is fast asleep now. I have got my bed blown up and will be joining her soon.
11am: Doctor Adam Yates has just been. He’s one of the junior doctors here and saw Gran at her worst, but has been away since. He’s the first one to speak to her, not just to us, and he was genuinely overwhelmed by how far she has come.
3pm: Physio has just been and Gran walked two strides — they are now happy that we can manage on our own. Just the rest of the family and Occupational Therapy to convince now!
Been talking about my house renovations with Gran. I said: ‘I don’t think I will ever get it finished.’ And she said: ‘Just remember, when you’ve finished it, you’re finished with it.’
Her practicality and wisdom are why I love her so much. She could be discharged as soon as tomorrow.
3pm: The ward has been isolated due to an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea — we are going nowhere. Gran is disappointed and I should never have built up her hopes. We had a bit of a moment today — she was being all negative and I bluntly told her if she didn’t buck up she would not be allowed home. I even said I would leave her if that was what she wanted — very fed up and emotionally drained.
8pm: Just sorted Gran for bed. She seems to be all positive again so maybe a bit of a straight talk wasn’t such a bad idea after all.
I won’t let any of the nurses or cleaners into our room. So glad we are in a side room — the bays either side have the bug and if Gran gets it I don’t want to think what it could do.
8.45am: I was so tired, I’ve only just woken up. Nurse came in and said they gave Gran her meds and a drink in the night. It’s the first time since she arrived.
9am: We are going home! We’ve done it, Gran. An occupational therapist has been and got her to sit on the bed, then stand and shuffle to a chair. She did it all, so they say we are ok with one carer.
2pm: She’s home! We didn’t wait for an ambulance and set off after lunch in Mum’s car. I will never forget Granddad’s face when she came through their door. It’s the longest they’ve ever been apart. Just brilliant.
While Gran broke her leg in early July and had to return to hospital for an operation, she recovered well enough to celebrate her 65th wedding anniversary with a party in September and she and Granddad are still living at home together. She has a rich life and I will never, ever regret fighting so hard for her.
Out-of-hours GP took three hours to respond to urgent calls in south-west London… from his home in Norfolk
A doctor earning £230,000-a-year running an out-of-hours GP service failed to visit the sick and dying because he was staying in his £2.8million country mansion 140 miles away.
Dr Ravi Sondhi, 51, was responsible for ‘terrifying and dangerous’ failings that left nearly a million people without cover at night and weekends.
He took up to three hours to answer urgent calls, and siphoned off £100,000 from the out-of-hour service’s funds, a damning NHS report found yesterday.
Sondhi failed to visit his patients in London and Surrey face-to-face because he was staying in his £2.8million Edwardian mansion in Norfolk.
He also took £200,000 from two of his staff and £60,000 from a patient to buy properties – which they they stand to lose as Sondhi has been declared bankrupt and the property purchases were made solely in his name.
One patient who waited 12 hours to be seen by Sondhi died the same day. When a complaint was made, Sondhi’s company said ‘it could not cope with demand’.
The report by NHS South-West London said: ‘Having one doctor on call for 950,000 people cannot be considered safe, and certainly not without any back-up or additional cover’.
Rather than visiting patients, Sondhi would either divert the patient’s calls to a GP’s practice to visit them the next morning, wait for the next doctor on shift to visit the patient, or call the London Ambulance Service.
Sondhi was also paid by the NHS for working by day at his own GP practice in Croydon, and he also owned a string of residential care homes.
Through Croydoc, he was responsible for providing out-of-hours service for patients in Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton using a panel of local GPs.
At one time he was chairman, medical director, operations director and financial director of Croydoc.
But rather than operate in the area, he and his wife stayed in Field Dalling Hall, a grand Victorian mansion in Fakenham, Norfolk weekends.
He took between one-and-a-half and three hours to answer urgent calls – the standard target was 20 minutes.
On one occasion 114 calls were logged to his phone overnight, he failed to record his actions following out-of-hours calls, and repeatedly cancelled his shifts without warning.
Yesterday Malcolm Wicks, Labour MP for Croydon North, called on Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to call in the police and also undertake an urgent investigation into the ‘shoddy saga of Croydoc’.
He said: ‘With the publication of this report, we now have chapter and verse about a major abuse of the health service.
‘It shows how one GP seized the chance, through the privatisation of an essential health service, to run things not in the interest of patients, but for personal gain.
‘The impact on some patients must have been at best stressful, at worst terrifying and dangerous.’
Sondhi, and his wife Dr Salma Uddin, 49, covered 11 per cent of all out-of-hours shifts at Croydoc.
But out of 13,208 home visits carried out by the service in 2009, he only visited 19 patients at home – the report heard that Sondhi carried out his wife’ s shifts despite her name being on the rota.
The damning report found that nine staff resigned while working for Sondhi, found a ‘a culture of bullying’ at the organisation and that he used ‘racist and intimidating’ language to staff.
Staff reported Uddin seeing a carpet salesman during work hours, visiting Homebase and taking her youngest daughter to work – expecting the receptionist to babysit.
Complaints against Sondhi included using a Croydoc driver to take his children to Martial Arts lessons and seeing his solicitor during work hours.
The report said that the couple ‘did most of their weekend work while at home in Norfolk. They could not therefore visit base or do visits.’
Uddin was struck off by the GMC last year over an unrelated incident involving bullying at a care home owned by the couple in Kenley, Surrey.
Dr Sondhi, who was declared bankrupt in January reportedly owing more than £11million – has been suspended from practising on an interim order by the General Medical Council (GMC).
Croydoc was supposed to be governed by a panel of GP’s business acumen, but in a further scathing comment the report said:
‘A number of the board members appeared to lack the knowledge needed to effectively run a multimillion pound out of hours business.’
Dr Dave Finch, joint medical director of NHS South West London, said: ‘This report reveals a shocking series of failings by one GP, who apparently managed to dupe his professional colleagues whilst letting down his patients and claimed payment for work he did not do.’
Dr Finch said the out-of-hours care was now the responsibility of a new organisation called Patient Care 24.
He added: ‘What Dr Sondhi did was wrong and local GPs and the NHS are very angry and shocked about the findings of this report.
‘All patients should be able to feel confident that a call to an out-of-hours GP service is going to be dealt with effectively and professionally. In very many cases that did not happen.’
A GMC spokesman said yesterday: ‘Dr Sondhi has been suspended from the medical register while we carry out an investigation. When we finish an investigation we can close the case or refer the doctor to a public hearing.’
Anti-social behaviour isn’t a crime… it’s just a nuisance: How lazy British police forces are failing to record and investigate offences
Muggings, burglaries and even rapes are being written off by police who wrongly record that no crime has taken place, a report says today. In some forces, up to one in four crimes is not being investigated properly because officers mistakenly choose to drop the inquiry.
Complaints of anti-social behaviour are being particularly badly handled with many crimes mislabelled as simply ‘nuisance’, a snapshot study has found. As a result, offences of harassment and disorder are airbrushed out, vanishing from official crime statistics with no hope of ever being solved.
Overall, officials discovered that most forces failed to record around one in ten crimes properly. In cases of anti-social behaviour, only a ‘low number’ of crimes were recorded and police remain poor at identifying repeat and vulnerable victims.
The failings come despite an outcry in the wake of cases such as the death of Fiona Pilkington and the murder of Garry Newlove.
Ministers want police chiefs to identify repeat victims and increase their response to low-level incidents which blight the lives of thousands. The latest figures are revealed after a review of police computer systems by officials at Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.
It examined whether crimes were recorded properly in the first place and if cases were later incorrectly written off under the category ‘no crime’.
A valid example of a ‘no crime’ would be when a motorist calls police to report vandalism but it is later found that masonry fell from a roof and damaged his car.
The HMIC review found that, on average, 87 per cent of ‘no crimes’ were correctly recorded last year, compared with 64 per cent in 2009.
Crimes considered included violent attacks, robbery, rape, burglary, vehicle crime and anti-social behaviour.
Decisions in cases of violence were correct 84 per cent of the time and in rape the average was far higher at 90 per cent. Officials found that some forces incorrectly recorded up to a quarter of all reports as ‘no crime’.
These forces were the Metropolitan Police, Avon and Somerset, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and West Yorkshire. The best force was Thames Valley Police, where 100 per cent of ‘no crime’ decisions were appropriate.
The survey looked at almost 5,000 records from 43 forces in England and Wales and the British Transport Police.
Officials said they are concerned that police call handlers may be the weak link in the chain because it is not easy to check their decisions.
Fears have been raised that police may be tempted to record disputed incidents as ‘no crime’ to improve performance or simply because they are too hard to solve.
But that means victims are unlikely to receive the same level of support and police fail to build up a picture of repeat offences and crime hotspots.
Last night Tory MP Priti Patel said: ‘The fact that police are prepared to write off serious crimes almost needs to be investigated itself – it is dreadful. How can they justify this to victims of crime?
‘Clearly there are police forces out there failing in their duty to protect the public and give support to victims to protect them. They need to learn from those doing the right thing.’
Vic Towell, of HMIC, said: ‘These results show that forces understand the importance of making correct “no crime” decisions, particularly for the more serious crime types. While the majority do well, the variation between the best and worst remains too wide and needs to improve.’
Policing Minister Nick Herbert said: ‘We commissioned this report to shine a light on recording practices and there are issues in some forces which need to be addressed.’
Two years ago the head of HMIC, Sir Denis O’Connor, warned that police are failing to get to grips with a tidal wave of anti-social behaviour.
He said the true number of loutish incidents could be twice as high as the 3.6million estimated by the Government.
The problem was highlighted by the death of Miss Pilkington, who killed herself and her disabled daughter after being tormented by thugs.
Police were heavily criticised after it emerged she made 33 calls for help before setting fire to her car in a layby near her Leicestershire home in 2007.
The murder of Mr Newlove, who was kicked to death after confronting teenagers outside his Warrington home in 2007, also showed the terrible toll of yobbery.
The research comes hard on the heels of news that year-on-year crime fell in some of the cities worst hit by the August riots. Senior officers admitted that looting and disorder may have only resulted in a handful of offences because of the way crimes are recorded.
Fury as British Defence Dept. fires hundreds of troops in job cuts… but not one penpusher
Public servants are a specially protected class just about everywhere
Not a single penpusher has been sacked under Ministry of Defence job cuts despite the ‘grotesque’ axing of hundreds of troops, a damning report reveals today.
MPs say it is ‘stark and shocking’ that no bureaucrats have been made compulsorily redundant yet 40 per cent of the military personnel culled were forced out.
In a scathing attack on the MoD, the Commons defence select committee hints that civil servants might also have received a better voluntary redundancy package.
‘The MoD should consider whether the terms offered to either the military or civilian staff [were] fair or appropriate,’ the MPs’ report says.
The committee also criticises the claim by top MoD mandarin Ursula Brennan that civilians were more likely to apply for voluntary redundancy because they were more ‘flexibly employable’. The report says: ‘This runs contrary to our experience.’
Under the Government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review, unveiled in 2010, the Forces must lose 17,000 personnel by 2015 – 7,000 from the Army and 5,000 each from the RAF and Royal Navy.
The MoD will eventually lose around 32,000 civil service posts. Ministers have been ordered to make £4.7billion of savings within four years and to plug a £38billion equipment overspend.
Some 2,900 servicemen and women were selected for the first tranche of redundancies last year, with the Army and RAF each losing 920 posts, and 1,020 being cut from the Navy.
But only 60 per cent applied for redundancy, meaning around 1,200 members of the Forces were sacked. A second round of 4,200 cuts was announced last week.
By comparison, not one civil servant has been forced to quit the MoD in the first two redundancy rounds, set to total 15,000 penpushers. Instead, all volunteered to leave.
The report says: ‘For military redundancies to be compulsory in 40 per cent of cases, yet for civilian redundancies to be compulsory in none, is so grotesque that it requires an exceptionally persuasive reason, which we are yet to hear.’
MPs say Forces personnel should be retrained in areas of the military where there are shortages, such as bomb disposal, logistics and healthcare.
Labour defence spokesman Jim Murphy said ministers were treading a ‘thin line between callousness and carelessness’ over the job cuts. ‘Thousands of service personnel are being unceremoniously sacked,’ he said. ‘It is essential that the painful impact of David Cameron’s decisions is minimised wherever possible.
‘The committee are right to suggest retraining for all those made compulsorily redundant.’
The MPs’ report – into the MoD’s annual report 2010–11 – also expresses dismay that the National Audit Office spending watchdog had refused to give the seal of approval to the department’s accounts for the fifth successive year.
Vitamin D deficiency in UK a ‘major problem’
This is a disgrace. Official scares about avoiding skin cancer by staying out of the sun would have to be a major factor in this. Sun-loving Australians must get 1,000 times more sun exposure than Brits but skin cancer is only a minor problem among them, not even requiring surgery, usually. A quick spray with liquid nitrogen and that is the end of it usually
A quarter of all toddlers in the UK are lacking Vitamin D, according to research.
Vitamin D supplements are recommended for those people at risk of deficiency, including all pregnant and breastfeeding women, children under five, and the elderly, but 74 per cent of parents know nothing about them and more than half of healthcare professionals are also unaware, the BBC said.
Dr Benjamin Jacobs, consultant paediatrician at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, described the issue as a “major problem”. He told BBC Breakfast: “We see about one case of rickets a month in our hospital, but that’s the very severe end of the disease. “There are many other children who have less severe problems – muscle weakness, delay in walking, bone pains – and research indicates that in many parts of the country the majority of children have a low level of Vitamin D.”
He explained that it was discovered that Vitamin D prevents rickets about 100 years ago when most children in London suffered from the disease, and it was later eradicated.
But then, in the 1950s, there was concern that children were getting too much Vitamin D in food supplements and cod liver oil and supplements were stopped. This was unlike in other Western countries where they continued, he said. Dr Jacobs said: “We thought they were unnecessary, possibly harmful, and that was a major mistake.”
He said parents are largely unaware of the risk of the condition, while health professionals are often taught that rickets is a disease of the past.
“It’s really only over the past 10 years or so that I’ve noticed children with Vitamin D deficiency. and still I would say today, the majority of doctors, health visitors, midwives, nurses, are not aware enough of the problem,” he said.
Asked about how vulnerable people can be given more Vitamin D, Dr Jacobs said current guidelines suggest taking drops or tablets, but experts are also looking into food supplementation.
He said it would not be harmful if people ended up with too much Vitamin D in their diet.
Current guidelines suggest that children and pregnant women should have 400 units a day, but he described this as a “conservative” level compared to the US, where he said a study suggested pregnant women should have 4,000 units. “In my view, it is extremely safe,” he added.
Chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies said the Government would be reviewing the issue. She said: “We know a significant proportion of people in the UK probably have inadequate levels of Vitamin D in their blood.
“People at risk of Vitamin D deficiency, including pregnant women and children under five, are already advised to take daily supplements. “Our experts are clear – low levels of Vitamin D can increase the risk of poor bone health, including rickets in young children.
“Many health professionals such as midwives, GPs and nurses give advice on supplements, and it is crucial they continue to offer this advice as part of routine consultations and ensure disadvantaged families have access to free Vitamin supplements through our Healthy Start scheme.
“It is important to raise awareness of this issue, and I will be contacting health professionals on the need to prescribe and recommend Vitamin D supplements to at-risk groups.
“The Department of Health has also asked the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition to review the important issue of current dietary recommendations on Vitamin D.”
No punishment for kids who bullied redhead
There is serious prejudice against redheads in England. If he had been a Muslim there would have been a huge uproar
A 12-year-old boy who was relentlessly bullied for having ginger hair was offered lessons in a class for ‘vulnerable’ pupils. Teachers suggested Tyler Walsh be taught in isolation to escape merciless taunts about his red hair, it has been claimed.
His furious mother Emma has pulled her son out of Year 8 and is tutoring him herself at home. She accused staff of failing to punish the gang responsible after just a single one-day suspension was handed out to the ringleader, it was alleged.
However the school – Yate International Academy – denied he would be taught in isolation and claimed his mother had misunderstood.
Ms Walsh, 33, says Tyler has been subjected to an 18-month campaign of bullying over the colour of his hair. She said: ‘It is not fair that Tyler should be bullied out of school. He wants to learn and has been getting excellent grades and earning points for his guild (house). ‘He was going to after-school science club and would like to become a scientist or science teacher. ‘He wants to go to school but not to that school.
‘I don’t feel my son will be safe at school so I am keeping him at home until he can start at another school next week. I will be tutoring him at home.’
Ms Walsh, from Yate, Bristol, sent Tyler to Yate International Academy 18-months ago, where he began his secondary education. But his mum claims bullies began picking on him straight away because of his brightly-coloured hair and willingness to learn.
He was bullied in Year 7 and then attacked in the street before Christmas last year. The latest incident, where a gang chased him into a toilet cubicle – forcing him to be rescued by a Year 11 student – was the final straw, she has claimed.
Ms Walsh, a full-time mother, said her son had been extremely distressed by the incident, which she had been told happened after the main perpetrator ‘had a bad day’. He was given just a one-day suspension, it was claimed. Ms Walsh said: ‘Yate International Academy has punished one boy, when a whole group were involved. ‘A day off school is hardly a punishment for what my child has had to endure. I think it is absolutely disgusting.’
According to Ms Walsh, she decided to take Tyler out of school and tutor him herself after staff suggested Tyler attend its ‘pupil inclusion unit’ for vulnerable students.
However the school said it managed the issue ‘in accordance’ with its policies and protocols. Roger Gilbert, headteacher of Yate International Academy, claimed Ms Walsh had misunderstood the situation. He said the ‘inclusion unit’ was simply a place where Tyler could go a receive support and tell staff how he was feeling [Big deal!], but that he will still be taught with his peers.
Mr Gilbert also claimed that Ms Walsh went to the media with her grievance instead of speaking to the school first. He added: ‘The unit does not teach children – it just helps them talk about what happened.
‘Tyler would be taught with his normal class and would not be separated. This situation is not as it has been reported. I was only aware of Emma’s complaints after I was contacted by the press about it. ‘As far as I was aware Tyler was a happy boy – I speak to him most days. I am fully satisfied that everything we have done has been done in accordance with our practices and procedures.’
Ms Walsh is also upset that the academy refused to send work for Tyler to do at home until he was able to start at a new school – claiming they are ‘punishing him’. She said the academy told her it would not send work home for Tyler because it was felt that this would be condoning his absence.
Ms Walsh, who also has a 15-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter, called for the school’s anti-bullying policies to be toughened up.
She said she had complained to education watchdog Ofsted about the matter.
One of the great cathedrals of Global Warming — Britain’s Met Office — pooh poohs the effect of falling solar output
They appear to be considering total irradiance only. Despite their great reliance on “multipliers” in CO2 theory, they overlook multipliers of solar changes — such as Svensmark’s demonstration of the effect on clouds. And their whole edifice is built on the demonstrably wrong claim that increasing atmospheric CO2 increases terrestrial temperatures.
The Met office is such a failure at prediction that they have given up trying to forecsast seasons ahead. Piers Corbyn, by contrast is a successful long-range weather forecaster so his scathing dismissal of the Met Office assessment is clearly from someone who really does understand what is going on. I append it at the bottom of the article below
New research has found that solar output is likely to reduce over the next 90 years but that will not substantially delay expected increases in global temperatures caused by greenhouse gases.
Carried out by the Met Office and the University of Reading, the study establishes the most likely changes in the Sun’s activity and looks at how this could affect near-surface temperatures on Earth.
It found that the most likely outcome was that the Sun’s output would decrease up to 2100, but this would only cause a reduction in global temperatures of 0.08 °C. This compares to an expected warming of about 2.5 °C over the same period due to greenhouse gases (according to the IPCC’s B2 scenario for greenhouse gas emissions that does not involve efforts to mitigate emissions).
Gareth Jones, a climate change detection scientist with the Met Office, said: “This research shows that the most likely change in the Sun’s output will not have a big impact on global temperatures or do much to slow the warming we expect from greenhouse gases.
“It’s important to note this study is based on a single climate model, rather than multiple models which would capture more of the uncertainties in the climate system.”
The study also showed that if solar output reduced below that seen in the Maunder Minimum – a period between 1645 and 1715 when solar activity was at its lowest observed level – the global temperature reduction would be 0.13C.
Peter Stott, who also worked on the research for the Met Office, said: “Our findings suggest that a reduction of solar activity to levels not seen in hundreds of years would be insufficient to offset the dominant influence of greenhouse gases on global temperatures in the 21st Century.”
During the 20th Century solar activity increased to a ‘grand maximum’ and recent studies have suggested this level of activity is at or nearing its end.
Mike Lockwood, an expert in solar studies at the University of Reading, used this as a starting point for looking at the most probable changes in the Sun’s activity over the 21st Century.
Met Office scientists then placed the projections into one climate model to see how they may impact temperatures.
Professor Lockwood said: “The 11-year solar cycle of waxing and waning sunspot numbers is perhaps the best known way the Sun changes, but longer term changes in its brightness are more important for possible influences on climate.
“The most likely scenario is that we’ll see an overall reduction of the Sun’s activity compared to the 20th Century, such that solar outputs drop to the values of the Dalton Minimum (around 1820). The probability of activity dropping as low as the Maunder Minimum – or indeed returning to the high activity of the 20th Century – is about 8%. The findings rely on the assumption that the Sun’s past behaviour is a reasonable guide for future solar activity changes.”
The UK Met Office and BBC promoted statement is extremely delusional and dishonest and a cover-up of reality. Full article: Decline in solar output unlikely to offset global warming
Their ‘expectation’ that the world will warm by 2C this century ‘due to increased greenhouse gas emissions’ is proven drivel based on their own failed self-serving fraudulent models.
They deliberately choose to know almost nothing about solar influences on earth’s weather and climate and create ‘information’ designed to deceive.
It is the largely predictable vast changes in solar charged particle flux and sun-earth magnetic connectivity which control weather and climate.
That is why we at WeatherAction.com long range forecasters
1. Confidently predict that the world will continue general cooling to 2035 – see presentation in submission to UK parliament enquiry into Dec 2010 supercold which we predicted –
2. Systematically predict and will continue to predict extreme weather events and situations many months ahead around the world:
The CO2 driver theory of weather and climate is delusional nonsense propagated by a self-serving failed sect. Their ‘theory’ fails to explain past weather and climate; all its predictions over the last ten years have failed and it cannot and never will predict anything.
The dangerous delusional CO2 sect must be destroyed before it’s diktats destroy the world economy and thousands more lives are lost from the chosen refusal of governments across the world to allow the application of scientific advanced forecasting of extreme weather which can help reduce disruption and destruction and save money and lives.
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