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The nursing regulator has apologised to families affected by the Morecambe Bay scandal admitting that it did not listen or act quickly enough on concerns raised about midwives. Chairman of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Philip Graf told the Health Select Committee that gaps in what the regulator "did…
A "morally bankrupt" care home owner who took millions of pounds from wealthy pensioners has been jailed for 21 years. David Barton, 64, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday for what Judge Steven Everett described as the "most brazen" case of fraud he had ever seen. He was…
A judge has ruled to "keep the door closed" on a mother who has not been told her estranged teenage child has cancer. Mr Justice Hayden said a ban on informing the youngster's mother of her child's condition, imposed at the High Court in London in June, should continue. At…
A nurse who was arrested on suspicion of the murders of eight babies has been bailed, police have said. Lucy Letby, 28, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of six other infants as part of a police inquiry into the…
A second hospital is co-operating with a police inquiry into the deaths of 17 babies at the Countess of Chester Hospital's neonatal unit. Lucy Letby, 28, continues to be questioned in custody on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of six other infants. Officers arrived…
Detectives have been searching a nurse's home after a healthcare worker was held on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six at a neonatal unit. Officers are said to have arrived at the home of Lucy Letby, 28, early on Tuesday, hours before…
A female healthcare worker has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of another six after an investigation of the neonatal unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital. The arrest comes as part of a long-running investigation following a high number of baby…
Merseyside Police is piloting a new learning tool developed by University of Liverpool that should help officers provide an improved service for victims of the complex new coercive control law. The tool could be used as a face-to-face training aid or adapted as an online resource and will be made…
An NHS trust has decided to press ahead with controversial plans to set up an outsourcing company despite a strike by hundreds of workers in protest at the move. The Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust said its board of directors had decided to move forward in creating WWL Solutions,…
A family court judge has criticised social services staff over their handing of a case involving an injured baby, but kept the name of the council they work for secret. Judge Thomas Greensmith said the way a social worker had gathered and recorded evidence had been "wholly inappropriate". He also…
The Duke of Cambridge has met the mother of a young man who took his own life as he opened the UK's first centre outside of a clinic or hospital for helping suicidal men by giving counselling and therapy. James' Place, a four-storey town house in Liverpool's Georgian quarter is…
Child abuse allegations against Cyril Smith are "scurrilous hearsay", former Liberal leader Lord Steel has said. The peer said "nothing has been proved" yet about the late MP and warned against "tittle-tattle". Smith allegedly raped boys at Rochdale's Knowl View residential school, which closed in 1992, and abused boys at…
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