0 Have your say A patient watchdog believes Boston’s crisis-hit Pilgrim Hospital should switch to the Peterborough and Stamford hospitals trust now its children’s ward is threatened with “temporary” closure. United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT), which runs hospitals in Boston, Grantham and Lincoln, blames a shortage of children’s doctors (paediatricians) for the looming emergency.Stopping children’s services at any hospital is an immediate threat to consultant-led maternity services because maternity doctors (obstetricians) won’t deliver babies without paediatricians on site to revive newborns who need emergency medical treatment.ULHT has just spent £2.5million upgrading its maternity and gynaecology ward, completing that work in February.ULHT’s board meets on May 25 to discuss options for children’s services at Pilgrim, and these include a temporary closure as early as June 4.Failing ULHT has spent a long time … [Read more...] about Children’s ward crisis: is it time Pilgrim switched to Peterborough trust?
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A quarter of a million households face paying an extra £200 on their energy bills in coming months as suppliers switch them to more expensive default tariffs, labelled a “rip-off” by politicians. During April, May and June, 130 fixed-rate tariffs will come to an end, according to research by comparethemarket.com Around 247,000 households on those deals face being moved on to an expensive standard variable tariff (SVT) or equivalent and could see their bills rise if they do not switch. Read more Consumers face energy bill hike as E.ON changes price structure Those consumers face paying an additional £200 on their annual bills, on average, the price comparison site calculates. That would equate to a £50m so-called “inertia dividend” for gas and electricity providers. The biggest hikes in the cost of energy will impact households with tariffs ending in April, where the average annual increase in energy costs will be … [Read more...] about 250,000 households face energy bill hikes in next three months as they are switched to ‘rip-off’ tariffs
A woman who spoke out to The Independent about the conditions in Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre and took a leading role in the hunger strike by detainees is due to be deported tonight, as the Home Office sets out to remove her for the second time. Opelo Kgari, 27, who came to the UK from Botswana when she was 13 years old, was being driven in a van to Heathrow on Monday afternoon to be placed on a removal flight to Botswana. She was told she couldn't meet anyone to say goodbye. The Home Office has refused to provide information about the flight, but has confirmed the original decision to deport her has been upheld. Read more Yarl's Wood: Inside the crisis-hit immigration detention centre The attempt to deport Opelo Kgari shows how unjust our system is Woman brought to UK from Botswana as a child in deportation reprieve Her mother, Florence, was also served a deportation notice on Monday, but her … [Read more...] about Opelo Kgari: Woman brought to UK from Botswana as a child 14 years ago faces deportation for second time
ONE Show star Alex Jones has revealed how she switched to giving her baby formula after her breast leaked live on air. The BBC presenter, 41, says she put "pressure" on herself to nurse baby Teddy - and admits her confidence was shattered when she came back to work too early, Mail Online reports. Alex said: "I’d sit on the sofa and the titles would start playing and I’d feel this stain start coming through the dress. There was nothing I could do about it. She added: "My milk was in the fridge with all the food and sandwiches that were being given to the guests. "I was like, 'This is not working, this is a nightmare'". "It destroyed my confidence in terms of trying to feed and be back at work. "By four months I had to [switch] to formula completely. Like a lot of people I put a lot of pressure on myself, but Teddy thrived just as well on formula as he did on breast milk." Alex Jones make a triumphant return to The One Show following three month maternity leave … [Read more...] about Alex Jones reveals she had to switch to formula milk when her breast leaked live on the One Show
OXFORD University is to be a key player in supporting the development of next-generation batteries which could speed up drivers switching to electric vehicles. A team of the UK’s leading battery experts from universities across the UK will contribute to the work, which will be enabled by £42m provided by the independent national battery research facility, the Faraday Institution. Announced on Tuesday at the Royal Society conference on energy storage for automotive and grids, the work will encompass projects focusing on solid-state electrodes, battery modelling and recycling. Prof Peter Bruce, Wolfson Professor of Materials at the university’s Department of Materials, will lead the work on developing solid-state metal-anode batteries, while scientists from Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science and Mathematical Institute will work closely with Imperial College London on investigations into the multi-scale modelling of batteries. Prof Bruce said: … [Read more...] about Oxford University’s battery research could speed up switch to electric vehicles