Grandmother dies from kidney failure after Indian doctor misdiagnoses her condition as HOOKWORM common on sub-continent
Why can’t Btitain train its OWN doctors –instead of getting them half=price from poor countries?
A grandmother died after an Indian doctor made a ‘catastrophic error’ by misdiagnosing kidney failure for a poverty-related infection common in the sub-continent. Dr Neeraj Tekkar wrongly believed Eva Hudson was suffering from hookworm when she was rushed to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in Dorset.
Hookworm is parasitic infection of the intestines that is prevalent in underdeveloped parts of the world like southern India but is rare in Britain. Dr Tekkar had only moved to the UK in 2009 and started working at Bournemouth Hospital in 2011.
In fact Mrs Hudson, 77, was suffering from kidney disease which Dr Tekkar did not spot and the mother-of-three and grandmother-of-five died four days later.
At an inquest into her death, a coroner recorded a verdict that Mrs Hudson died of natural causes with ‘neglect a contributory factor’.
Mr Sheriff Payne, the Bournemouth coroner, added that she may have been alive today had she received proper treatment.
He said: ‘He came up with a novel diagnosis that she was suffering from hookworm – he reassured the family. ‘He effectively ignored readings that showed renal impairment. He should have got further advice on that aspect and not let her leave the hospital.
‘I think she may well have been saved or lived longer if there had been more attention carried out.’
Dr Tekkar is still working at Bournemouth Hospital but his position is currently under review by the General Medical Council.
Afterwards Mrs Hudson’s daughter Julie Sansome blasted the Dr Tekkar, who qualified as a doctor in India in 2003, as well as hospital bosses.
She said: ‘Dr Tekkar made a catastrophic error of judgement in misdiagnosing my mum. ‘However, we feel the blame must also fall on the shoulders of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for allowing him to be left unsupervised in a situation where he was able to make life or death decisions.’
The Bournemouth inquest heard that Mrs Hudson, from Moordown, Bournemouth, first became unwell last October and lost two-and-a-half stones in weight. She was taken to hospital by ambulance on December 18 when she was seen by Dr Tekkar. He diagnosed hookworm as he suspected that Mrs Hudson could have caught it from faeces when looking after her daughter’s dog.
The doctor told the inquest that he identified hookworm as ‘a possible diagnosis in the absence of an obvious cause.’ He added: ‘I understand it is not very common in this country.’ He then sent her home to recover, a decision later questioned by his superiors.
Dr Karim Hassan, lead consultant at Bournemouth Hospital, said: ‘It is a big lesson. Any incidents of such calibre are taken very seriously. ‘We have made sure that this case has been well discussed and all the lessons have been learned.’ Asked if Mrs Hudson should have been allowed home, he added: ‘My clinical sense would have indicated to me to investigate further.’
Mrs Hudson was rushed back in to hospital three days later on December 21. She then underwent a CT scan and an emergency operation was carried out on her. She died the following day.
The cause of her death was given as complications from a strangulated hernia and kidney disease.
The GMC is due to make a decision on Dr Tekkar’s position in the near future.
Mrs Hudson worked as a shop assistant and had a cleaning job. She leaves daughters Julie Sansome, Sharon Brown and son Michael and five grandchildren.
Muslim pair who laughed as they raped woman they ‘came across’ in British town centre have sentences CUT because they are not ‘dangerous’
Two men who laughed during a horrific ‘gang rape’ of a drunken woman have had their sentences slashed after three senior judges ruled they were not ‘dangerous’.
Rezgar Nouri, 27, of Preston, and Mohammed Ibrahim, 24, of London, were jailed indeterminately after being convicted of assaulting the 24-year-old in Preston last June.
Sitting at the Court of Appeal, Lord Justice Hooper, Mr Justice Silber and Mr Justice Hamblen heard how the men ‘came across’ the woman before taking her to a flat where Ibrahim pinned her down while another man raped her.
After that, Ibrahim raped her before Nouri ‘grabbed’ her and ‘dragged’ her into a bedroom where he raped her, judges were told.
But today, despite the evidence, they ruled at the Royal Courts of Justice there was ‘insufficient evidence’ that Nouri and Ibrahim should be defined as ‘dangerous’.
They said Judge Anthony Russell QC had been wrong to decide that ‘imprisonment for public protection’ was necessary and hand down a jail sentence which gave the men no automatic right of release.
They allowed the men’s appeal against the imposition of an indeterminate sentence and instead handed each a 12-year term.
The court earlier heard how the woman had become separated from friends – when she was ‘quite drunk’ – in the early hours after visiting a number of bars and clubs, the court heard.
The judges were told that she ‘came across’ Nouri, Ibrahim and a third man in the town centre and went to Nouri’s nearby flat with them. Her next recollection was of waking up naked with the three men nearby before the horrific ordeal began.
When it was over the woman left the flat before realising that she had left her phone behind. She was allowed back in. Nouri then pinned her down and raped her again before ‘pushing’ her out of the flat, judges heard. Judges said the woman was found in a ‘very distressed state’ shortly after she left the flat and police were called.
Mr Justice Hamblen said that before ‘imprisonment for the public protection’ could be imposed, courts had to be satisfied that there was a ‘significant risk’ to the public of serious harm through the ‘commission of further specified offences’.
He added: ‘There was insufficient evidence to justify the finding of dangerousness made and an imprisonment for public protection should not therefore have been imposed.’ Both men admitted rape at Preston Crown Court in November 2011.
Historian David Starkey branded a ‘racist’ and a ‘bigot’ after saying Rochdale sex gang had values ‘entrenched in foothills of the Punjab’
Truth is no defence, apparently
Historian David Starkey has once again provoked controversy after speaking out about the Rochdale child exploitation ring who raped vulnerable teenage girls.
The broadcaster was branded a ‘racist’ and a ‘bigot’ following a heated exchange with a journalist yesterday at a panel event at Wellington college in Berkshire.
He incensed audience member journalist Laurie Penny, when he said the sex gang, who were jailed last month for grooming white girls for sex, had values ‘that were ‘entrenched in foothills of the Punjab or whatever it is.’ He added that the gang needed to be ‘inculcated in the British ways of doing things.’
Miss Penny, 25, who writes for the New Statesman, later joined him on a panel discussing Britishness and accused Mr Starkey of ‘playing xenophobia and national prejudice for laughs.’
As she spoke the audience shouted ‘keep going, keep going’ as she moved on to speaking about about his tax status.
Once she had sat down, the historian walked over to her, jabbed his finger in the columnist’s face and declared ‘I will not be lectured to by a jumped-up public school girl like you.’
As Miss Penny continued speaking, Claire Fox, director of the Institute of Ideas think tank stood up and told the journalist who has written for The Independent and the Guardian, that she was a disgrace to both women and the left.
The Sunday Times reported that following the heated exchange, Tim Novia, the chaplain of Wellington college took to the stage to prevent the situation escalating, following by Miss Penny’s boyfriend James Brown.
On her Twitter page, Laurie Penny @PennyRed later wrote: ‘When you call a racist a racist, you get attacked. I don’t care. I wasn’t going to let him stand there being a bigot without calling it out. Because ultimately, David Starkey is a troll, and that’s what trolls do.’
Last month, days after the men were convicted, Mr Starkey declared that the Rochdale sex gang were ‘acting within their cultural norm.’
He has also made several comments in the past which have courted controversy. After the riots last summer on Newsnight he blamed ‘black culture’ for the trouble and claimed that parts of Enoch Powell’s ‘rivers of blood’ speech had been right.
The British historian’s comments led to around 700 complaints to the BBC, while Labour leader Ed Miliband branded the remarks ‘disgusting and outrageous’.
The interview was later cleared by the TV watchdog.
Miss Penny last made headlines two months ago when she was saved from oncoming traffic by Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling and tweeted about it on her Twitter page.
House of Lords reform: Nick Clegg’s crazy plan is a pay day for has-beens and never-wozzers
Lib Dem proposals for elected ‘senators’ will give the Upper House the upper hand, sighs Boris Johnson
Oh, for heaven’s sake. Look at the state of the world, and the sheer urgency of the issues we should be discussing here in this rare and sacred columnar space. The eurozone continues its slow dance of death, British troops are being killed in Afghanistan, trade union militants are triggering strikes with a minority of their members – and I have to write about the proposed Clegg reform of the House of Lords!
Of all the subjects that crowd my teeming brain, this is not the one that I would normally choose. I could be singing a hymn of praise for my old chum Gove and his brilliant new Gove-levels (and bring back the S-level, while you are at it, Michael). I could have loaded up my surface-to-air batteries and discharged them against the crackpot plan to force the poor people of west London to cope with tens of thousands more eardrum-jangling, kerosene-belching flights into Heathrow.
We could now be discussing Ed Miliband’s hopeless and intellectually dishonest speech about immigration; or how you can cut taxes and raise more money from rich people like Jimmy Carr. I could have given you my theory about the phenomenal success of this new porn novel called Fifty Shades of Grey, and the challenge it poses to us feeble members of the male sex, and the general conclusions we are obliged to draw about the chronic and appalling human interest in bondage, submission and government all round.
Any of these themes is potentially more juicy and more relevant to our lives – and yet I have no choice. I must tell you about these blasted reforms of the Lords, because I have just been made aware of some of the details, and the blood runs cold. An absolute disaster impends. It really seems to be the case that the Coalition (actually the Lib Dems) wants to push on with a system of elected “senators” – 300 of them – to replace the present Upper House. These people will apparently draw a full parliamentary salary, they will have all the usual researchers and correspondence units, and they will luxuriate in power for a full and unchallengeable 15-year term! The whole thing will cost about half a billion pounds over five years, according to the Labour peer Lord Lipsey.
It is all completely unnecessary. Somehow, time and custom has produced a House of Lords that works. Their lordships are a vast, gentle and liver-spotted repository of wisdom. When you listen to their debates, it is transparent that they are not sharp-elbowed creatures. They betray no particular anxiety to make their name or to suck up to the whips. They may take the odd power nap and they may not all be in the first flush of youth. But they seem, on the whole, to have the interests of the country at heart.
The Upper House has soldiers and airmen and scholars and lawyers and scientists and film directors and heaven knows what – many of whom would not dream of seeking election on a party-political ticket. Week in, week out they beaver away, revising and improving the legislative Horlicks that they get from the Commons; doing nothing much, as the old analysis has it, and doing it rather well.
They have tended for a long time to be more representative of society than the Commons – there are more people from ethnic minorities, there are more women, more disabled people. It is probably true that there are more bishops in the Lords than there are in the population at large, but who cares? There’s nothing like a bishop or two to add a touch of class and restraint to a revising chamber. They still have a few of the less obviously inbred hereditaries, in a gesture not just to the ancient roots of the institution but also to the fundamentally different nature of the Lords. It is crucial to the success of the Upper House that it is somehow at a distance from party-political machines, and above all that it is at one remove from the electorate.
Now the Lib Dems are proposing that voters should have a new type of politico – a “senator” – with his or her own direct mandate and constituency. This will be confusing for the voters, who will be wondering whether they should be writing to their local councillor, their MP, their Euro-MP or their senator; and it will be even worse for the egos of these bozos. Consider for a second who is likely to seek election to the Lords/Senate. People who have never made it to Parliament; people who have been flung out of Parliament; has-beens; never-wozzers; people who can see the opportunity to avenge their rejections by finding an alternative route to power. Once ensconced in the Lords they will remain there for three solid parliamentary terms, swanking, swaggering and using the headed stationery for their shopping lists.
Suddenly, the politically thrusting characters of this country will work out an alternative career structure, a new way of achieving ministerial office. And if they decide to take on their green-benched colleagues in the Lower House, as they inevitably will, who will be able to shut them up? A direct mandate is a powerful thing. Look here, mate, a senator will be able to say to a poor old MP, you were elected by 70,000 people. I have 570,000 people in my constituency – and I don’t have to worry about them kicking me out. The whole beauty and balance of the present system would be wrecked. We accept the idea that the Lords is the “Upper House” only because the Commons – being elected – has the real primacy and the real democratic legitimacy. These reforms would undermine that primacy, and the status of MPs – already bashed by the expenses business – would become positively Lilliputian.
The Prime Minister was completely right when he said that reform of the House of Lords was something the government should consider in its third term. This plan is a bunch of tidy-minded Lib Dem nonsense. It would create a new, grandiose, expensive and unnecessary class of political hack. It would turn Parliament into a chronic feud between two types of elected representative. Clegg’s scheme needs to be liquidated, vaporised and generally terminated with extreme prejudice.
Muslim pigs and dogs
Is that a fair description of them? Read the story below and decide for yourself
A BRITISH journalist was brutally sexually assaulted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as thousands of Egyptians gathered to celebrate the nation’s presidential election results.
Natasha Smith, 21, has detailed how she was violently attacked by a ‘group of animals’ who stripped her naked, scratched and clenched her breasts. She only escaped by donning men’s clothes and a burka and being whisked away to safety by two other men.
Writing on her blog, she said: ‘All I could see was leering faces, more and more faces sneering and jeering as I was tossed around like fresh meat among starving lions.’
The incident occured on Sunday when Egyptians flooded the area celebrating the announcement Mohammed Morsi would be the nation’s first democratically elected leader.
Smith, who will graduate with an MA in International Journalism from University College Falmouth in August, was in Tahrir to film the crowd for a documentary on women’s rights.
But the initial ‘atmosphere of jubilation, excitement, and happiness’, quickly turned against her. She said: ‘Just as I realised I had reached the end of the bridge, I noticed the crowd became thicker, and decided immediately to turn around to avoid Tahrir Square.
‘My friends and I tried to leave. I tried to put my camera back in my rucksack. But in a split second, everything changed. ‘Men had been groping me for a while, but suddenly, something shifted. I found myself being dragged from my male friend, groped all over, with increasing force and aggression.
‘I screamed. I could see what was happening and I saw that I was powerless to stop it. I couldn’t believe I had got into this situation.’ The former Weymouth College and University of Nottingham student said she was then stripped naked and assaulted.
She wrote: ‘I began to think, ‘maybe this is just it. Maybe this is how I go, how I die. I’ve had a good life. Whether I live or die, this will all be over soon.’
A friend eventually reached her and managed to guide her to a medical tent. Local women helped protect her as she put on the burka and clothes.
She said: ‘The men outside remained thirsty for blood; their prey had been cruelly snatched from their grasp. ‘They peered in, so I had to duck down and hide. They attempted to attack the tent, and those inside began making a barricade out of chairs. They wanted my blood.’
She then escaped by posing as a stranger’s wife and walking out hand-in-hand with the man.
She added: ‘The women told me the attack was motivated by rumours spread by trouble-making thugs that I was a foreign spy. ‘But if that was the cause, it was only really used as a pretext, an excuse, to molest and violate a blonde young Western girl.’
Smith is not the first western woman to be assaulted while working in Egypt. CBS News’ Lara Logan was attacked during the 2011 revolution. She said ‘men in the crowd had raped me with their hands’.
Egyptian journalist Mona Eltahawy was also assaulted by Egyptian security forces in November.
And Smith has vowed that the abuse would not stop her from exposing the wider issue of sexual assault in the country. She said: ‘I will overcome this and come back stronger and wiser. My documentary will be fuelled by my passion to help make people aware of just how serious this issue is.
‘It’s not just a passing news story that briefly gets people’s attention then is forgotten. This is a consistent trend and it has to stop. ‘Arab women, western women – there are so many sufferers.’
Number of British graduates in menial jobs doubles in five years with 10,000 taking posts that do not require a degree
The number of graduates forced to take menial jobs as cleaners, labourers, shelf stackers and rubbish collectors has almost doubled in five years, figures show.
More than 10,000 university leavers took posts that do not require degrees after graduating in 2010/11.
The number in so-called ‘elementary occupations’ six months after graduating in 2006/7 was just 5,460, according to data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Other examples in this category include caretakers, road sweepers, street vendors, odd-job workers, shoe cleaners, hotel porters and door-to-door sales people.
The figures also show 720 graduates became process, plant and machine operatives in factories in 2010/11, compared with 595 in 2006/7.
But many more fail to get even menial jobs, with 9 per cent (20,620) assumed to be unemployed six months after completing their degrees in 2010/11. This is around the same proportion as the year before, but the figure stood at 5 per cent in 2006/7.
The statistics will worry parents and students preparing to embark on degree courses this autumn, when tuition fees will rise to as high as £9,000 a year.
Universities have already experienced a 9 per cent drop in applications from UK students amid fears over spiralling levels of debt under the new fees regime.
The HESA figures also show that 20,675 graduates were employed in sales and customer service roles in 2010/11, including sales assistants, caretakers and call centre staff.
Around 47,350 graduates went into ‘associate professional and technical’ jobs, including laboratory technicians, nurses, paramedics, interpreters, police officers and the armed forces.
Overall, around 158,000 people were in some form of employment, either in the UK or abroad, six months after graduating last year, the figures show.
Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, said yesterday: ‘The Government should be doing more to stimulate jobs and growth.
‘While the Prime Minister continues to attack people on benefits, he is doing little to help them get off benefits and on with their lives.’
Universities minister David Willetts insisted that although the job market was challenging, graduates continued to do better than those without a degree.
He said: ‘We must ensure graduates enter the labour market equipped to succeed.’
Meanwhile, a report from the independent market research company High Fliers has warned that graduates are competing for top jobs against a ‘backlog’ of earlier university leavers.
One in three applications for this year’s graduate vacancies are from students who left higher education last year or earlier, it says.
Obnoxious British bureaucracy penalizes good teacher
A dedicated teacher last night claimed her 35-year career was in ruins after she lost her job for handing out her mobile phone number to a schoolgirl who was upset about her sick grandfather.
Heather Wolfson, 56, said she had been using ‘a mother’s instinct’ when she helped the pupil, adding that political correctness meant teachers were being punished for simply showing compassion and common sense.
The mother of two was suspended from her job last year at Ysgol y Grango, in Rhos, north Wales. The school said Mrs Wolfson had acted inappropriately by giving the girl her number when she broke down in tears after her grandfather’s diagnosis with cancer.
The food technology and textiles teacher was also reprimanded for giving her number to a 12-year-old boy and offering to take him home after dark when no-one arrived to collect him from school.
Neither of the children’s parents complained to the school. Instead, a member of staff alerted the headteacher that the girl and boy had the teacher’s phone number.
At a disciplinary hearing Mrs Wolfson, who had been on a fixed-term contract to cover maternity leave, was handed a written warning. Her contract expired the following day and was not renewed.
The school gave her a basic dated reference, but the experience is proving a blot on an otherwise untainted career.
Mrs Wolfson, from Weston Rhyn, near Oswestry, said she has been struggling to get a job ever since. ‘I’ve given my life to teaching but now I’ve been rendered unemployable,’ she said. ‘Schools have fallen prey to political correctness and our careers are walking on a tightrope.’
Referring to the incidents with the pupils which triggered her suspension, she said: ‘I was just looking out for them both, it was a mother’s instinct.’ Colin Adkins, of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, said: ‘Heather’s case is an absolute tragedy.
‘There are no regulations to say teachers can’t text pupils, the communication should simply be appropriate, and it was entirely appropriate in this case.
‘She was providing pastoral support. There was nothing sinister or untoward going on.’
Amanda Harrison, deputy head of Ysgol y Grango, said the matter had been resolved, adding: ‘It would be inappropriate to comment further.’ Wrexham Council also declined to comment.
Mrs Wolfson was suspended in January last year and her contract expired months later in July.
‘I would never have done anything to jeopardise my job,’ she said. ‘While I agree teachers and children need to be safeguarded, the impact often goes against your instinct which is to care for and protect the child.’
The wonders of coffee again
New Yorkers must all be supermen and women at that rate. They do kinda like their coffee. What world do the writers of this mush live in?
Drinking coffee could help older people maintain their strength and reduce their chances of falling and injuring themselves, a new study has found.
The decline in muscle strength that occurs as we age can reduce quality of life by making everyday tasks harder.
The process is not well understood, but it is clear that preserving muscle tone is key.
It is known that in adults in their prime caffeine helps the muscles to produce more force. But as we age, our muscles naturally change and become weaker.
So, sports scientists at Coventry University looked for the first time at whether caffeine could also have a strengthening effect on pensioners.
Their study on mice revealed that caffeine boosted power in two different muscles in elderly adults – an effect that was not seen in developing youngsters.
Jason Tallis, the study’s primary author, said: ‘With the importance of maintaining a physically active lifestyle to preserve health and functional capacity, the performance-enhancing benefit of caffeine could prove beneficial in the aging population.’
The researchers isolated muscles from mice ranging in age from juvenile to elderly, then tested their performance before and after caffeine treatment. The stimulant is found in coffee and a number of soft drinks.
They looked at two different skeletal muscles, which are the muscles we can control voluntarily. The first was the diaphragm, a core muscle used for respiration; the second was a leg muscle called the extensor digitorum longus (EDL), used for locomotion.
Tallis said: ‘Despite a reduced effect in the elderly, caffeine may still provide performance-enhancing benefits.’
Consuming caffeine has also been linked to improved thinking processes and improved memory skills in later life.
However, previous research has shown that excessive caffeine intake may cause the body to rid itself of calcium – a nutrient vital in supporting bone strength in later life. It can also temporarily increase blood pressure, although the long-term effects of this are unclear.
The latest study will be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology this month.
World’s Lakes Show Global Temperature Standstill
Schneider et al 2012 in a poster presentation to the two-day, “Taking the temperature of the Earth Conference,” that ends today, has the clever idea of looking at the temperatures of lakes and reservoirs around the world. They point out that in situ observations of lake surface temperatures are very rare on a global scale, but infrared imagery from space can be used to infer water surface temperatures of lakes and reservoirs.
They provide data for 169 of the largest inland water bodies world- wide using three satellite-borne instruments. Together they provide daily to near-daily data from 1981 through to the present, allowing them to calculate 25-year trends of nighttime summertime/dry-season surface temperature.
They find that the surface temperatures of the water bodies have been “rapidly warming” with an average rate of 0.350 ± 0.11 deg C per decade for the period 1985–2001.
Two years ago Schneider et al published what was then described as the first global survey of lake temperatures. Then the researchers found a decadal trend of 0.45 deg C.
The researchers say the results provide a critical new independent data source on climate change that indicates lake warming in certain regions is greater than expected based on air temperature data.
Note that the trend line depends entirely on the first part of the data. For the second half there is no trend
Their graph of temperature anomaly looks very familiar to anyone who is knows the global temperature datasets over the past thirty years. However, I don’t think their regression line is a good description of the data. My preliminary calculations suggest that there is no statistically significant trend post-1997. Hence an alternate description of their findings is that the world’s large bodies of water show the well known standstill of the past decade or so seen in global temperatures.
Note: While it is possible to draw a linear regression line between 1997 and 2011 (you can draw a trendline through almost anything) that yields 0.1 deg per decade it is statistically meaningless given the large variance of the data. The error on the trendline is several times its magnitude, and it is highly sensitive to moving the start and endpoint by a year or two.
Conclusion: No statistically significant trend post-1997. Since 1997 the data is best represented by a straight line of mean 0.21 deg with a large standard deviation of 0.95 deg. Below is the post-1997 portion of the researcher’s graph. It is easy to see that the trendline calculated from the 1985-2011 data does not fit this section of the data in which there is no trend
SOURCE (See the original for more graphics)