Statement to Parliament: Nadine Dorries’ statement on the Paterson Inquiry report

first_imgIntroductionThis morning, the independent inquiry into the issues raised by the disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson published its report.The inquiry was tasked with reviewing the circumstances surrounding the jailed surgeon’s malpractice that affected so many patients in the most appalling way.As the report states, between 1997 and 2011 Paterson saw 6,617 patients of whom 4,077 underwent a surgical procedure in the independent sector, and between 1998 and 2011 Paterson saw 4,424 patients at HEFT of whom 1,207 underwent mastectomy.ApologyThe report contains a shocking and sobering analysis of the circumstances surrounding Ian Paterson’s malpractice. It sets out the failure in the NHS, the independent sector and the regulatory and indemnity systems. As a result of these failures, patients suffered unnecessary harm. Their testimony in this report makes harrowing, appalling reading.As such it makes for harrowing reading and it is with deep regret that we acknowledge the failure of the entire healthcare system to protect patients from Ian Paterson’s malpractice and to remedy the harms.Nothing I can say today can lessen the horrendous suffering that patients and their families experienced and continue to go through. I can only start to imagine the sense of violation and betrayal of patients who put their trust in Ian Paterson when they were at their most vulnerable. That the inquiry reports today, on World Cancer Day, makes this all the more poignant.I apologise, on behalf of the government and the NHS, for what happened, not least that Ian Paterson was able to practise unchecked for so long.The patientsI would also like to pay tribute to the bravery of all those former patients who came forward to tell their stories to the inquiry and whose anonymised accounts have been recorded in the report. I know this will make for difficult reading, as it highlights the human cost of our failure to detect and put a stop to Ian Paterson’s malpractice.There was a catalogue of failings that resulted in harm to thousands of patients, causing devastation to countless lives. Some of these patients were let down several times, not least by the providers and the regulatory system that should have protected them, and by the failure of the medical indemnity system to provide any kind of redress at the first time of asking.The reportFrom the outset Bishop Graham wanted patients and their families to be central to the inquiry’s work and to be heard. It was right therefore that patients and their families saw the report first, early this morning, shortly before it was presented to Parliament.Two aspects of the report are particularly striking to me: that the various regulatory bodies failed in their main tasks, and the absence of curiosity by those in positions of authority in the healthcare providers in the face of concerns voiced by other healthcare professionals.The report presents a tangled set of processes. Accountability was not exercised when it should have been. Some of the problems arose from not following through on established procedures, as opposed to insufficient procedures being in place. So, we must take full responsibility for what happened in the past if we are to provide reassurance to patients about their protection in the future.Government responseI am therefore very grateful that the suite of recommendations, based on the patient journey, present a ‘route map’ for government. The recommendations are extremely sensible, and we will study them in detail. I can promise the House a full response in a few months’ time.That response will need to consider the answers to some very important questions that cut right across the healthcare sector. Because – unequivocally – regardless of where patients are treated, and regardless of how their care is funded, all patients should be confident the care they receive is safe, meets the highest standards, with appropriate protections, and that they are supported by clinicians to make informed decisions about the most appropriate course of care.I am also very aware that it is not the first time that regulatory failure has been highlighted in an inquiry report.We have done much to make the NHS a safer system in recent years: revalidation, a reformed CQC, and work by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, to establish the Medical Practitioners Assurance Framework, to oversee medical practitioners in the independent acute sector.In the case of Ian Paterson the system did not work for patients. Recent events at Spire show there are still serious problems to address.Patient safety is a continual process of vigilance and improvement. The inquiry does not jump to a demand for the NHS and the independent sector to invent multiple new processes, but to actually get the basics right, implement existing processes, and for all professional people to behave better and to take responsibility.NHSE/I published a new patient safety strategy last summer, led by the National Patient Safety Director, Dr Aidan Fowler. It focused on better culture, systems and regulation. Very sensible yet familiar words. All things today’s inquiry says were not delivered. What we need now is action across the NHS and its regulatory bodies, and the same determination to change in the independent sector.ConclusionTo conclude, we are absolutely committed to ensuring lessons are learned and acted upon from the findings of this shocking inquiry, in the interests of enhancing patient protection and safety, both in the NHS and the independent sector.For today, I apologise again on behalf of the government and the NHS and send my heartfelt sympathy to the patients and their families for the suffering they have endured.last_img read more

What history gives the present

first_imgEight Harvard historians gathered at Emerson Hall Wednesday night with an ambitious goal in mind: to explain — in eight minutes or less ­apiece — that “everything is history and history is everything.”Without historical inquiry, they suggested in their short presentations, people may be ill equipped to take on the most daunting challenges of the age, including the financial malaise, climate change, the state of American democracy, and the role government should play in citizens’ lives.“We study history in order to see more clearly into the situation in which we are called upon to act,” said the financial historian Niall Ferguson, quoting R.G. Collingwood at the Harvard History Department-sponsored discussion titled “Everything is History — History is Everything.”History is too chaotic and unpredictable to tell the future, but it can help to understand possible futures, said the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History and author of “The Ascent of Money.” “As historians, we can offer rough analogies, which may be more useful than deterministic models.”To a large extent, history can be defined by the ways that humans interact with the unpredictable — including disasters both human-created and natural.“We cannot properly understand human society if we treat people separate from the natural world,” said Professor Ian Miller, historian of modern Japan and author of “The Nature of the Beasts.”History has helped people to understand disasters better, like the recent Hurricane Sandy, Miller said. But history may also have helped to produce disaster. As the tempo of disasters picks up, perhaps powered by factors such as global warming, it seems that “we are in fact manufacturing the conditions of our own suffering.”Can this way of life continue? It’s an open-ended question, Miller said. But history is in the distinct position to help people find an answer. But the answers that people choose to act upon — the possible futures they choose for themselves — must wind their way through the democratic process. So the issue becomes a political question, Ferguson said.On the heels of Tuesday’s presidential election, the democratic process was on the mind of James Kloppenberg, Charles Warren Professor of American History.“There are so many variables when it comes to the study of democracy in America,” Kloppenberg said. Why do we even have elections? Why do we exclude some people from the voting process? What about term limits?What people take to be natural and inevitable has instead emerged through a process of historical development, Kloppenberg said. “If you want to understand democracy in America, the only way you can do that is by looking at the institutions, looking at the ideas, and looking at the practices of democracy by studying them in history.”“All elections are historic,” said Emma Rothschild, Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History. “The U.S. election of 2012 was historical in the very particular sense that the disputes — and they were many — held to an unusual extent on U.S. economic history.”The two large economic ideas on which so much of the election turned involved government and the market, or the state and free enterprise, said Rothschild.If the difficult questions facing people, such as Social Security, health insurance, and climate change, are to be addressed, this will mean either continuing to increase the size of government and regulation, or increased effectiveness.The history of the market in relation to the state is the great subject for economic and political historians, historians of economic thought, or cultural historians of economic life, said Rothschild.Jill Lepore, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History and moderator of the event, defined history as “the account of the whole past in time, the story of the entire life of humanity.”“In other words,” she added, “everything is history and history is everything.”Also on the bill were University Professor Laurel T. Ulrich, Assistant Professor Kelly A. O’Neill, and Professor Maya Jasanoff.Professor Maya Jasanoff was among the eight professors to offer her insight on history.last_img read more

26 ‘Gardening in Georgia’

first_imgVolume XXXIINumber 1Page 26 More information about topics on the current show.A preview of upcoming shows.Links to publications.Soil temperature information.Tips on soil testing and many other gardening topics. “Georgia gardeners need Georgia gardening information,” said show host Reeves, a retired University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent, radio talk show host and popular gardening writer.”I will make sure every segment has things gardeners can do in Georgia gardens,” Reeves said, “that are simple to understand, easy to do and based on Georgia research and success.””Gardening in Georgia” has been on the air since 1998. But recent seasons have been reruns. The new season starts Saturday, April 7, featuring Reeves and experts from around Georgia, showcasing Georgia gardens. It gives how-to advice and highlights the latest UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences research.”For ‘Gardening in Georgia’ fans, this year’s series will continue to bring a blend of design, problem-solving and interviews with experts sure to make your garden the best you’ve had in years,” Reeves said.”One new thing this year is a ‘Garden Philosophers’ segment featuring good Georgia gardeners,” he said. “We’ll ask them questions about how they became the gardeners they are. We’ll find out how they developed their skills, share tips and tell good stories about gardening.””Gardening in Georgia” will also have an improved Web site where viewers can go to get: By Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia gardeners longing for a gardening television show on Georgia growing conditions and soils, look no further. “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” will be back on Georgia Public Broadcasting with a new season of original shows in April. “Viewers won’t want to miss the new Q&A feature on some shows,” Reeves said. “I’ll answer frequently asked questions on the air using the RM2 Garden Satellite Receiver pointed at the Dawg1 satellite in the southern sky.”The “Gardening in Georgia” 2007 season will premiere April 5 on local GPB stations throughout Georgia. Shows will air Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. through October. The show is coproduced by the UGA CAES and GPB. It’s underwritten by a gift from McCorkle Nurseries.(Faith Peppers is a news writer for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

USNS Comfort Brings ‘Continuing Promise’ Humanitarian Mission to El Salvador

first_imgIn addition to providing medical and dental care to thousands of Salvadorans, the mission also has an educational component, not only for physicians but also veterinarians. For example, seminars are planned for mission partners and NGOs about women’s health, vector management, and education about mosquitoes for personnel at the Central Military Hospital and the Jorge Mazzini Hospital in the department of Sonsonate. Professional and cultural exchange The anxiously awaited two-week medical outreach campaign began when physicians from different branches of the United States Armed Forces descended from the ship. They’ll provide health care to 12,000 Salvadoran nationals – 600 appointments per day – and perform 100 surgeries in the ship’s modern facilities. “We are thrilled to be in El Salvador,” said CP-15 mission commander Captain Sam Hancock. “This is the sixth of 11 stops, and we will work here together with our Salvadoran partners and colleagues to provide medical assistance and relief to those who need it.” “We have received the visit of an extraordinary Naval unit from an allied nation with a shining history of humanitarian assistance,” Munguía Payés said. “And now we Salvadorans have the privilege of benefiting from their goodwill with significant aid to our people.” This humanitarian initiative began in 2007. CP-15 is the seventh such mission carried out under the guidance of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). Treatment and gratitude The arrival of the Comfort is an historic moment in the history of military cooperation El Salvador and the United States have developed over decades, said Salvadoran Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés. Planning for the humanitarian mission began in 2014. The USNS Comfort left the state of Virginia in late March and has already stopped in Belize, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Jamaica. The vessel sails the coasts of Latin America and the Caribbean for a period of six months every two years, with about 1,000 U.S. Navy doctors, nurses, and dentists. “I trust what this good doctor has prescribed for the pain in my hands; I had truly lost faith. I am very grateful for how lovingly they have treated me, and for the medicine they have given me. God bless them.” “We cannot wait to work with our friends and partners during this part of our mission to strengthen our ties in support of the lasting friendship between the United States and El Salvador,” Capt. Hancock said. “This friendship underscores our common values, our interests, and our commitment to this unit and to regional security.” On the morning of June 17, as classical music played in the background courtesy of the famous United States Fleet Forces Brass Band Uncharted Waters, patients waited calmly for their turn to see the doctors and dentists. In addition, a team of U.S. veterinarians, working with their Salvadoran counterparts, will visit communities in throughout the department to provide treatment for farm animals and pets. Acajutla Mayor Hugo Arriola said the people waited several months for this mission, ever since they learned the ship’s arrival date. “So I extended my sincerest gratitude to those who made this dream possible.” María Paz Pérez, 25, brought her 8-month-old daughter, Sofía, who had a fever the previous few nights. Physicians aboard the ship will provide medical and dental care to Salvadorans until June 25. In the coming months the vessel and its physicians will travel to Colombia, Barbados, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Haiti to continue providing medical care. CP-15 is scheduled to conclude its mission in September. Doctors will conduct surgeries in four of the 12 operating rooms on board the hospital ship. The vessel is equipped with rooms for brain surgery, an intensive care unit, and facilities to take X-rays and store blood. There is also a heliport above deck to quickly transport patients when necessary. Medical personnel on the ship will provide treatment in gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, physical therapy, cardiology, and dentistry. By Dialogo June 29, 2015 When will they open up access through Sogamosoa Yopal? As soon as the vessel arrived in El Salvador, physicians and dentists aboard the vessel set up a medical base at the Dr. Eduardo Enrique Barrientos School Center, in the department of Sonsonate, to begin providing medical and dental services to Salvadorans. An historic moment To facilitate communications between patients and doctors, 120 university students served as interpreters at each appointment. “I wouldn’t know how to explain how thankful I am for these doctors, who have come so far to help us,” Pérez said through tears. “They’ve already examined my daughter. She has an ear infection, and they gave me medicine to cure it. This is priceless for a poor, single mother like me.” Physicians aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort are providing medical and dental care to thousands of Salvadorans at the halfway point of the “Continuing Promise” (CP-15) humanitarian mission. The U.S. Navy ship dropped anchor on June 15 at the Port of Acajutla in El Salvador before hundreds of children and parents who look to this mission to seek free medical and dental care. Dozens of domestic and foreign journalists also visit the port every day to view the impressive ship and the scope of the humanitarian mission. Similar sentiments were expressed by Juan Antonio Díaz, a former carpenter in his 70s who suffers from arthritis in his hands and lives in an impoverished and remote area of the municipality of Acajutla. Unchartered Waters will perform various concerts in the municipalities of Santa Ana, Sonsonate and San Salvador, as well as during each of the outreach events, so the patients and other residents can enjoy the band’s extensive musical repertoire. “This is an experience I will never forget. I am helping these good doctors to alleviate the suffering of my countrymen,” said Juan Marcos Martínez, a student at the University of El Salvador (UES). “The patients’ gratitude and happiness for the help they’ve received show on their faces. These are two feelings I’m sure the doctors understand without my assistance.” last_img read more

Woodmere Man Admits Stealing $634K from Temple

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Isaac ZuckerA Woodmere lawyer has admitted to stealing more than $634,000 from a local synagogue by wiring cash from the congregation’s accounts into his own over a five-year period.Isaac Zucker pleaded guilty Friday at Nassau County court to grand larceny.Prosecutors said that the 49-year-old man stole the money from the Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere between June 2011 and his election to treasurer in 2006.As treasurer, he was responsible for paying bills for and making deposits and used his access to steal the cash by wiring it into his law practice’s business account and writing himself checks from the temple’s accounts.The theft was discovered when checks meant to pay the synagogue’s bills started bouncing. Zucker doctored bank statements to make it appear that a $50 balance in one of the synagogue’s account had a balance of $200,000.He faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced April 9.last_img read more

Masters: Nick Dougherty hoping for a McIlroy Slam, but American challenge is strong | Golf News

first_img Rory McIlroy is confident his game is in the right place heading into The Masters as he reiterated that limiting mistakes will be especially vital. One player who has never had a distance problem is Rory McIlroy, and as much as I’d love to see him complete the Grand Slam of major titles, I’m not sure it will be this year.Rory is more “under the radar” this week with so much attention directed at Bryson, and he’s said he’s happy to not be the main focus ahead of the one major that eludes his collection.After he won the third leg of the Grand Slam at The Open in 2014, he finished in the top 10 in each of the next four Masters tournaments, although he lost his way a little last year and managed only a tie for 21st. But he’s generally been fantastic, and clearly one of the premier players at Augusta over the last 10 years. There are so many home players to get past even before you add tournament-favourite Bryson DeChambeau into the mix, so it’s going to be really tough for the British contingent to emulate Lyle, Faldo, Woosnam and Willett.There’s no doubt they’re capable, they’ve all got big golf games and Augusta always offers the opportunity to step out from the crowd and put in an inspired performance. But it needs something extra special to get across the line here.One thing in favour of the less-experienced players this week could be the absence of patrons. Any major championship is ramped up by an atmosphere that can be so big, powerful and often overwhelming for the uninitiated – and no more so than at Augusta National. “As strong as the British and Irish challenge is, the Americans are looking pretty formidable right now. DJ, Cantlay and Schauffele all look good, and there are so many home players to get past even before you add Bryson DeChambeau into the mix” Last Updated: 12/11/20 6:19am As strong as the British and Irish challenge is, the Americans are looking pretty formidable right now. Dustin Johnson looked in great form last week in Houston, Patrick Cantlay beat a very strong field at the Zozo Championship, and Xander Schauffele has not finished outside the top-25 in his last 11 starts and went so close to Masters glory last year. Can the British and Irish challengers upstage a powerful home contingent at the Masters this week? Nick Dougherty explains the magnitude of that challenge …Only four British golfers have made the trip to the Butler Cabin to be presented with a Green Jacket, so what are the chances of making that a “famous five” this week?Tyrrell Hatton certainly has great form coming into the Masters, but his record at Augusta National isn’t the best. In three appearances, he’s yet to crack the top 40, but he’s in great shape to improve on that this week. Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. World No 1 Dustin Johnson could deny Rory McIlroy this week – Advertisement – He’s been tipped by many to lead the British challenge, but I’d lean towards the more experienced players in the field. Lee Westwood has had a great year and still hasn’t given up hope of winning that elusive major, and I’m expecting a good week for Justin Rose.He hasn’t had the best of years and has slipped to 28th in the world rankings, but he’s got a cracking record at Augusta. Runner-up twice, including that play-off defeat to Sergio Garcia in 2017, three other top-10 finishes and he’ll be determined to atone for his first missed cut in the tournament last year.- Advertisement – Experience is likely to be a big factor at Augusta Experience is likely to be a big factor at Augusta

Tourism in the post Corona era

first_imgA common feature of recovery after World War II and adaptation and coexistence with the Covid 19, is the launch of tourist trips in a very short period of time. We are now witnessing the end of the peak tourist season, which according to the results of physical traffic is above expectations. In fact, smaller towns and rural areas are the focus of tourist demand. The most sought after accommodation that provides a high level of privacy, holiday homes with ample garden, apartments with separate entrance and private terrace, small family camps, small family hotels… Good, naturally grown food and casual, quiet lifestyle provided by the village, become attractive. Australia on fire, the Amazon on fire, cyclones, hurricanes and torrential floods in addition to the Far East and Central America are already affecting the European continent. Glaciers are melting rapidly, sea levels are rising more and more often in coastal places on the Croatian Adriatic. The world is worried about the future, experts warn that CO2 emissions must be reduced by 50% every ten years. Fossil fuels are marked as undesirable, the energy transition takes place towards renewable energy sources – solar and wind generated electricity. Simply, the time of the “new normal” has come and the rules of conduct have changed. Nobody expected such drastic changes in such a short time. Interestingly, climatologists and ecologists have warned in recent years of major environmental changes threatening humanity as a result of climate change. Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com / Photo: Pexels.com Finally, that is how tourism in our region began. The first tourists shared a table with their hosts and ate the same food made from home-grown ingredients. Today we look at those times with nostalgia, but what was once the result of poverty and modesty, today becomes the basis of a highly valuable tourist offer. Our life habits had to change in a very short time under the influence of the Covid 19 pandemic. Mass travel does not work as well as mass gatherings. We do not hug or kiss when meeting, and extending a hand is very rare. We are reserved towards strangers. We wear protective face masks indoors. We avoid city noise. At the height of the controversy over plans to reduce CO2, a pandemic of the Covid 19 virus broke out. Aircraft were grounded, cruise ships were moored in ports, road traffic was drastically reduced as was the activity of manufacturing industrial plants. People are “locked” in their homes and nature has “breathed”. The economic consequences are incalculable, it is said to be the biggest world crisis since the “Great Depression”, between the two world wars. The precursor to this depression was also the pandemic of the “Spanish flu” of 1918-19. In the period from 1914 to 1945, the world suffered enormous destruction, enormous human losses, and it seemed as if it would never recover. Recovery and tourism The world is changing. Environmental disasters before a pandemiccenter_img Local food and indigenous lifestyle as a tourist attraction On the other hand, more and more caterers recognize the need to use food from their own cultivation in gastronomy. Food quality comes first, but so does the economic calculus of short supply chains, the use of own resources for the purpose of agricultural production as well. They mostly sell their products through their hotel “Gospoja” and several restaurants in Vrbnik and Rijeka. The Stanić family in Krk is also engaged in agricultural production of vegetables, cheese, pig farming. They market their products through the themed restaurant “Volsonis” in the city of Krk, which is open all year round. An example of good practice is the hotel “Joso” in Sukosan, where I had the opportunity to stay and eat excellent dishes made from ingredients from my own cultivation. There are more and more examples like this. Even the great Valamar launched its own project on the same basis. Examples of good practice combining agriculture and tourism A good organization of the local community, which unites in a cluster, with interest, creates a completely new well-organized and income-stable offer. We have the best examples in Austria, Trentino Alto Adige, Bavaria. This example is slowly being followed by individuals in Croatia. On the island of Krk we have the example of the Šabalja family in Porto, Malinska – Dubašnica municipality. In their family hotel of high category “Villa Margaret” and restaurant “Bracera” they serve dishes from home-grown fish and fish and their own catch. It is similar with the Toljanić and Brusić families associated in the agricultural cooperative “Gospoja”. These famous winemakers are also engaged in sheep breeding, and they also start breeding black pigs on free grazing. Covid Pandemic 19 People travel in small groups, they want to connect directly with their hosts because trust is extremely important. In the last few years, there has been a growing interest in so-called adventure tourism. These are trips on which travelers explore a tourist destination with the help of digital guides, online platforms. One of the most famous, Airbnb, in addition to a large selection of accommodation, also offers experiences. Experiences are often associated with gastronomy so that the tourist traveler participates in the making of some food or some dish. Pasta making is especially popular. With the experiences we go a step further, we offer a stay in the conditions in which the local population lives, participation in agricultural work, crafts. Modern tourists – adventurers want to imitate the lifestyle of the locals. Hence the great growth of leisure real estate purchases in rural areas. “Weekenders” are occasional residents who were initially “ordinary tourists”. Over time, they often become permanent residents of the area which they “discovered” as tourists.last_img read more

Bulldogs Win 3-Way Meet At Milan

first_imgBatesville Swimming at Milan.Girls Results. BHS 147, OA 96, Milan 44.Girls are 16-4 on the season (2-2 EIAC). Best record at this point ever!Event Winners: Hannah Cox (IM), Taylor Villani (50/100 Free), Emily Gutzwiller (100 Fly, 100 Breast), Emily Weiler (500 Free).Boys Results.  BHS 120, Milan 83, OA 73.Boys are 9-7 on the season (2-2 EIAC).Event Winners: Kegan Main (100 Fly) and Evan Miller (100 Free).Courtesy of Batesville Coach T. J. Greene.last_img

Man and woman arrested after having sex in front of a police station

first_imgA man and a woman have been arrested after they were allegedly caught having sex in front of a police station.The incident occurred Tuesday near the Key West Police Station.According to the report, authorities received a tip about the couple from a passerby who reportedly told them that the couple seemed ready to fornicate.When authorities arrived at the scene, they found the couple, identified as Gary Hill and Crystal Frances ” in the act.”Authorities say Hill was found with his shorts around his ankles while Frances was wearing neither pants or underwear.When authorities asked what the pair where doing, Hill replied “It was a Key West moment.”The officer then asked the pair to put back on their clothes. While Hill promptly began getting dressed, Frances refused to do so, which led authorities to believe that she may have been intoxicated.Officials also found a bottle of vodka near the couple.Hill was arrested and charged with Lewd & Lascivious Indecent Exposure and having sex in public. Frances was initially taken to the hospital but once she is released, a warrant is expected to be issued for her arrest.last_img read more