Pensioner with head wound forced to direct ambulance crew to local hospital after they get lost
In the era of GPS this is pretty amazing. They had two such systems but NEITHER was working??
A pensioner who had to wait 90 minutes for an ambulance was amazed when he had to give paramedics directions to the local hospital.
Ian Taylor called 999 after a fall left him with blood gushing from his head. However, paramedics were sent from 90 miles away from Letchworth to near Cambridge where the grandfather-of-five lives.
Although Mr Taylor only lives three miles from Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the ambulance crew lost their way on route, driving around numerous villages. He had to give them directions and finally arrived at the hospital an hour after they had set off.
The retired architect said: ‘It was horrendous. I had collapsed during the early hours of Friday, hit my head and was unconscious for hours in a pool of blood.
‘The doctor came later that morning and he stopped the bleeding. I had to go to a black tie dinner in the evening at my golf club and when I got back from there I found my head was a bit cold and found I was covered in blood. ‘It was quite scary because I was bleeding profusely.
‘I thought what I am going to do now as it was too late to call family or friends at around 11.30pm and I was mindful of the fact that I had had a stroke some years ago so I made the decision to call 999.’
Mr Taylor, who has lived in the area for 45 years, was not picked up by the ambulance until 1.20am. However, he became worried after the journey seemed to take long than it should, and alerted the ambulance technician besides him.
He said: ‘He asked the driver who said he was lost and said the sat nav said Addenbrooke’s doesn’t exist. I thought this is stupid as we were so close to Addenbrooke’s.
‘I said carry on until I recognise something and finally we passed the pub called The Rose at Stapleford and by that time we were heading back towards Cambridge.’
The service have apologised for the delay in his journey and said that although there were two satellite navigation systems on the ambulance neither were working causing the driver to get lost.
Gary Sanderson, a spokesman for EEAST said the call was coded as ‘not life-threatening’ and allows ambulances to arrive within 60 minutes.
He said: ‘We do our very best to get to patients within the appropriate time frame, but sometimes this is a challenge if we’re very busy elsewhere with more serious cases such as cardiac arrests, strokes and unconsciousness.
‘The Trust is however currently planning resources better to fit in with where and when demand lies in an effort to improve response times.’
One in three patients wait more than an hour at A&E because departments are struggling to cope with high volumes of patients
One in three patients are waiting more than an hour to be seen in A&E, a report shows. It reveals that waiting times are rising across hospital emergency units struggling to cope with higher volumes of patients. One in ten patients are waiting more than two hours and three per cent have to wait longer than four hours.
Waiting times are rising across hospital emergency units struggling to cope with higher volumes of patients
The Care Quality Commission report also found that a quarter of patients say they do not always trust the doctor or nurse treating them; One in 20 said the A&E unit wasn’t clean, with 12 per cent being unhappy with the state of the toilets. A fifth said they weren’t always treated with dignity or respect and the same proportion said they didn’t always get enough privacy.
Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said: ‘These findings are symptomatic of a system under huge strain because of a lack of beds and staff.
‘People should not be waiting an unreasonable time to be admitted and treated but, when the country’s health care needs are increasing and already over-stretched hospitals are losing resources, it is sadly inevitable that waiting times will increase.’
The watchdog surveyed 46,000 patients who were admitted to A&E between January and March this year. It found that 29 per cent waited at least an hour to be seen, up from 27 per cent in 2008.
And five per cent of patients who were brought to hospital by ambulance had to wait in the vehicle for longer than an hour.
Health professionals say A&E departments are becoming increasingly overstretched due to higher volumes of patients.
This has partly been blamed on patchy out-of-hours GP services as well as rising numbers of alcohol-related admissions.
But many departments are understaffed – last year, Mid Staffordshire NHS trust was forced to bring in Army medics to help run its unit.
The Government has also been blamed for the rise in waiting times, after last year scrapping a target that 98 per cent of patients should be seen within four hours, claiming it had ‘no clinical justification’.
Former health secretary Andrew Lansley replaced it with a target of 95 per cent of patients being seen in this time-frame.
David Behan, commission chief executive, said it was ‘disappointing’ that patients were having to wait longer than they did four years ago.
He said: ‘People should be seen, diagnosed, treated and admitted or discharged as quickly as possible and this is an issue that trusts need to urgently tackle.’
End of teachers’ national pay deals in Britain: Union fury as heads win power to freeze salaries
Teachers who under-perform will have their salaries frozen under plans to end the system of national pay deals for classroom staff.
Annual rises for teachers will be scrapped and heads given almost complete freedom to dictate salary increases in the shake-up outlined in the Autumn Statement.
National pay scales which virtually guaranteed teachers annual £2,000 rises will be axed from next September. Instead heads will award increases based on annual appraisals of performance in the classroom, allowing them to reward the best teachers and limit the pay of the least effective.
The reforms also mean that heads will be able to withhold the 1 per cent pay rise due for public sector workers in 2013/14 and 2014/15. Only those on the lowest salaries in three broad pay bands will be guaranteed the increase.
The move – which will be put out to consultation – strikes at the heart of national pay bargaining and severely weakens the power of teaching unions.
Ministers hope it will boost standards in the classroom. Education Secretary Michael Gove said: ‘These recommendations will make teaching a more attractive career and a more rewarding job.
They will give schools greater flexibility to respond to specific conditions and reward their best teachers.’
But union barons declared war over the ‘disastrous’ and ‘cynical’ proposals, raising the prospect of a fresh wave of strike action in schools.
Currently, teachers move up the main pay scale according to length of service in the classroom. The system has meant that long-serving but under-performing teachers are paid the same as more capable colleagues.
Under proposed reforms, heads would be able to promote a teacher from a £21,000-a-year salary to £51,000 in just six months.
The plans were unveiled by George Osborne following recommendations from the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB).
The Chancellor said national pay arrangements for civil servants, prison officers and NHS staff will continue, but told MPs there would be greater flexibility for schools.
‘The School Teachers’ Review Body does recommend much greater freedom for individual schools to set pay in line with performance,’ he said.
National pay negotiations will remain but agreed rises will no longer be guaranteed for the vast majority of staff. Heads will instead have discretion over whether to pass the increases on.
However the Chancellor appears to have abandoned plans for regional pay bargaining for schools, which could have meant that a teacher in the north-east was paid less than one in the south-east.
Under yesterday’s proposals, detailed national pay scales for teachers will be ripped up and replaced with three broad pay bands – starting at £21,804, £34,523 and £37,836 for teachers outside London.
While teachers will be protected from pay cuts, heads will have wide discretion to dictate salaries within each band based on classroom performance – including pupil results – and accelerate staff through the three levels.
There is already an element of performance-related pay for more senior teachers, which will be strengthened and extended to all.
The changes apply only to teachers, with pay arrangements for heads and deputies remaining largely unchanged. Heads of state-funded academies and free schools already have the freedom to dictate teachers’ pay. Yesterday’s proposals apply to the majority of schools which operate under the auspices of local authorities.
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT union, said the independent STRB may have been ‘leant on’ – a claim denied by the Government. ‘The war on teachers waged by the Coalition Government continues,’ she said.
‘If implemented, the STRB’s recommendations would leave behind the wreckage of a national pay framework which will be incapable of delivering consistent, fair and transparent approaches to pay.’
Resveratrol ‘can cut bowel cancer risk’
Mouse study only. Previous studies have shown that it doesn’t work on humans. Resveratrol is a sort of religion among some
Resveratrol, found in the skins of red grapes and which gives the wine its colour, has long been known to have cancer-fighting properties, but scientists did not know how much was needed to be effective.
Tests on mice have now shown that a dose equivalent to five milligrams in humans halved the growth of bowel tumours. Five milligrams were far more effective than a one gram dose.
Professor Karen Brown, who led the trials at Leicester University, said: ‘Everybody thinks that more is better, but we found that the low dose was more effective.
‘We were amazed that it had any effect at all and even more surprised by the effectiveness of the low dose.’
Professor Brown will present her findings this week at Resveratrol 2012, a conference dedicated to research into the compound, at the university.
Previous studies have shown even tiny amounts of the compound can reach target tissues in humans.
Scientists have been exploring resveratrol’s potential to reduce the risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s and even the ageing process. It is available as a supplement,
However, cancer trials involving resveratrol supplements have proved disappointing. ‘People do take it as a supplement, but there’s no clinical evidence that this is of any benefit’ said Professor Brown.
There is some evidence that very high doses of resveratrol may interfere with certain medicines.
‘We’re still trying to understand the mechanism behind the way resveratrol works and see if it translates to human tissues and cells’ said Prof Brown.
Within two years, her team hopes to conduct a human trial on patients at high risk of bowel cancer.
Sarah Williams, of Cancer Research UK, warned: ‘People shouldn’t drink wine in an attempt to get any health benefits resveratrol can offer.
‘Alcohol has been estimated to cause around 12,500 cases of cancer a year in the UK. The best way to cut the risk of cancer through alcohol is to drink less.’
Tories turn up heat on Human Rights Act as seven former ministers call on Cameron to repeal the law
Seven former ministers voted for the repeal of the Human Rights Act yesterday — as Tory MPs stepped up pressure on David Cameron to act on the issue.
Former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell, former justice minister Crispin Blunt and former schools minister Nick Gibb were among 72, mostly Tory, MPs who voted for the repeal of Labour’s controversial legislation, which enshrined the European Convention of Human Rights in British law.
Other senior Tories involved included the former defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth, former social security secretary Peter Lilley and former whips Bill Wiggin and James Duddridge.
Serving ministers and aides were barred from voting in the backbench bid, which was heavily defeated by 195 votes to 72 yesterday, as Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs mobilised to defend the Human Rights Act.
But the scale of the push will pile pressure on the Prime Minister to pursue his manifesto commitment to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights.
The issue is currently deadlocked because of opposition from Nick Clegg and other Lib Dems. A commission set up to study the issue is widely seen as an effort to kick it into the long grass.
But Tory MP Richard Bacon said the current row over prisoner voting had underlined the need for action.
The South Norfolk MP said the Human Rights Act was a vehicle for the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to influence and change British law.
He added: ‘Although I do object to the idea of prisoner voting, my much more fundamental objection is to the idea that a court sitting overseas composed of judges from, among other countries, Latvia, Liechtenstein and Azerbaijan, however fine they may be as people, should have more say over what laws should apply in the UK than our constituents do through their elected representatives.’
Mr Bacon said it was ‘fundamentally undemocratic’ that unelected European judges could override the will of Parliament.
He said: ‘Judges do not have access to a tablet of stone not available to the rest of us that allow them better to discern what our people need than we can possibly do as their elected, fallible, corrigible representatives.
‘There is no set of values so universally agreed we can appeal to them as a useful final arbiter. In the end, they will always be shown up as either uselessly vague or controversially specific.
‘In the end, questions of major social policy – whether on abortion, or capital punishment, or the right to bear firearms, or workers’ rights – should be decided by elected representatives, and not by unelected judges.’
Opposition to the bid was led by Labour MP Thomas Docherty, who said the Human Rights Act was one of his party’s most important reforms during 13 years in Government.
Mr Docherty said the Human Rights Act guaranteed the fundamental rights held by British citizens – including a right to life and prohibition of torture. He rejected claims the Act allowed the Strasbourg courts rights to set British law.
Mr Docherty said scrapping the Act would send a dangerous signal to other countries about the importance of human rights.
He said: ‘To turn our back, to tear up, to cast aside this Bill that enshrines into law those fundamental human rights which we ask others to respect would remove the legitimacy of our position.
‘How can we ask developing countries, the new democracies, to respect human rights when we seek to remove them from our statute book?’
‘How can we ask developing countries, the new democracies, to respect human rights when we seek to remove them from our statute book?’
Another brutal sneak attack by a black in Britain
Following a similar brutal attack by Michael Ayoade
CCTV footage released by police shows a man using his scarf to choke the 37-year-old victim, who was making his way to work in the Earls Court area of London.
It shows the passenger, who police say has been left ‘highly traumatised’ by the incident, losing consciousness briefly before coming around, at which point the suspect can be seen trying to strangle him once again.
The assault took place as the commuter was en route to work on a single decker C1 bus in broad daylight in London at around 1.50pm on Saturday afternoon.
CCTV footage released by the Met Police shows the attacker boarding the bus, which was travelling to White City, at Cresswell Gardens and sitting down immediately behind the victim.
It shows the pair exchanging words briefly, before the suspect launches at his fellow passenger from behind, choking him with a scarf until he passes out.
When the victim regained consciousness a few seconds later, the assailant again tried to strangle him. In all the attack lasted around 30 seconds.
After being assisted by passengers, the victim got off the bus at Earls Court and told nearby police officers what had happened.
The suspect, a black male believed to be in his early to mid 20s, was captured on camera getting off the bus at Shepherds Bush at 1.57pm. He was wearing a grey beanie hat, a sleeveless puffa-style jacket over a beige sweatshirt, dark jeans and boots.
Detective Constable Thomas Norman, of Notting Hill CID, said: ‘This was an unprovoked attack on an innocent passenger who was on his way to work. ‘The victim has been left highly traumatised. It was so violent that he passed out and this could have been far worse.
‘I would urge anyone with information or anyone who recognises this man to contact us as soon as possible. This man is a danger to the public.’