Missed measles jabs ‘public health time bomb’

Health experts say children should have two doses of the vaccine to fully protect against the disease. Figures for the second dose of the measles vaccine “were even more alarming”, Unicef said. It found 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa had not introduced a second dose, putting more than 17 million infants a year at a greater risk of getting measles as a child. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“My daughter’s life was destroyed by measles” ‘Wake-up call’ Henrietta Fore, executive director at Unicef, said: “The measles virus will always find unvaccinated children. “If we are serious about averting the spread of this dangerous but preventable disease, we need to vaccinate every child, in rich and poor countries …

The children wearing nappies to school

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘One boy told the whole class I wore a nappy’ “One boy told the whole class I wear nappies. Everyone looked at me and I could feel my cheeks go red.” For Gruff, double incontinence has made some days at secondary school an anxious and humiliating experience. Campaigners claim there is a lack of support in Wales, estimating that 1 in 10 UK children suffer bedwetting, daytime accidents and constipation. The Welsh Government said it expected health boards to provide specialist-led continence services for under-19s. ‘He can’t cope mentally’ “I don’t want to be wet,” said Gruff (not his real name). Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Campaigners say children are suffering …

Snow Patrol’s 25 years on the road

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSnow Patrol’s music milestone “When’s the next time we have a day off?” “2022, I think.” Being in one of the world’s best-known rock bands means fame and adulation but it also means hard work. That is apparent in Snow Patrol: 25 Years on the Road – a new BBC Northern Ireland documentary about the group. It follows Gary, Nathan, Johnny, Jonny and Paul as they tour the US alongside Ed Sheeran before returning home for sell-out shows in Belfast in December 2018. Image copyright Snow Patrol Image caption Lightbody during a Halloween concert in the US The band’s singer Gary Lightbody talks frankly about how the other four members brought him …

Chairman quits troubled tourism body

One. into expenses, by independent forensic accountants BDO, is to go back at least six years and look at all expenses claimed by current and recent members of the senior management team and board. The second, by external lawyers Clarion, will examine its culture, governance, procedures and management. Latest news and stories from Yorkshire Past and present employees would be interviewed confidentially and a report made available, said the tourism body. Mr Stewart said: “Now the appropriate investigations are in place, he [Mr McMillan] felt it was the right time to step down to allow the organisation to move forward; this was supported by the board.” All appropriate board meeting documents were to be released in future, including agendas, papers …

‘I probably wouldn’t be alive without their help’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWho looks after the health of the homeless? Homeless people face various challenges: where to find the next meal; where to seek shelter on a cold night; how to protect themselves from the threat of violence. A specialist service in Birmingham is trying to make life easier for them in one specific area – where to turn when they need medical help. Kaece McGowan was living in a hostel when she first visited the Homeless Health Exchange – an NHS practice exclusively for people who are homeless. The then 20-year-old, who had been living abroad, returned home because of visa issues and found living in Birmingham “a bit of a struggle”. Without …

The Priory fined 300k over girl’s death

In sentencing, Judge Mr Justice James Dingemans said no financial penalty he could impose would ever “reflect the loss suffered by Amy’s family”. Speaking outside court, Amy’s mother Tania El-Keria said: “The public’s eye has been firmly opened to what the Priory stand for, profit over safety. “Today is a historic day in our fight for justice for Amy. “Our Amy died in what we know to be a criminally unsafe hospital being run by the Priory.” Image copyright The Priory Group Image caption Amy El-Keria was admitted to the Priory Hospital in Ticehurst a few months before she died In a statement, the charity Inquest, which supported the family, said it was “a historic moment in terms of accountability …

The beauty contest to be next Tory leader

The hustings for next PM, in all but name Avoiding European polls a priority – Hunt A minister roaming beyond their brief. “The mindset of government needs to shift,” he said, and doing so in a speech peppered with personal experience. Should he decide to stand, Mr Javid’s greatest political asset is his own story. His is a biography that personifies the Conservative ideal; the son of an immigrant family who worked hard, became a millionaire and rose to the cabinet; a life shaped by aspiration rather than privilege. His critics, though, see a faltering public speaker. They also point to what they saw as his tortured, calculating equivocation before the EU referendum, voting to Remain “with a heavy heart …

UK teachers suffer ‘appalling treatment’

He had multiple disabilities, including a form of arthritis, hypertension, gout and diabetes, which the employer was aware of. Teachers sent home over unruly pupils row ‘We are kicked, spat on, hit and sworn at’ Secondary school staff suffer work attacks Other cases included members experiencing assaults from pupils, discriminatory practices related to pregnancy-related and flexible-working requests, race discrimination and discrimination based on age, sexual orientation and religion or belief. A DfE spokeswoman said: “No teacher should face discrimination or ill-treatment in the workplace. “The majority of schools provide safe and reasonable working environments for teaching staff, and it’s important that they remain as such.” Despite winning financial compensation for many of its members, the NASUWT said it believed the …

Detective ‘predicts’ fatal stabbing areas

Two boys, aged 14, were found guilty of his murder, which police said was the result of a simmering dispute. The research, carried out alongside University of Cambridge criminologists, found that during 2016-17 the Metropolitan Police recorded 3,506 assaults with a knife where the location of the attack had been identified. The stabbings took place in 2,048 of London’s 4,835 local census areas – neighbourhoods with a population of about 1,700, which are smaller than council wards. Image caption Knife injuries in 2016-17 by council ward But Prof Sherman warned forces needed to improve their data collection processes to distinguish between arrests for carrying or making threats with knives and stabbings. “The current definition of knife crime is too broad …

City marks 30 years since Hillsborough

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands of people have attended previous memorial events in Liverpool Plans for speeches, performances and prayers on Monday evening have been cancelled by the city’s council to avoid a “legal risk” to any “future decisions made regarding ongoing legal proceedings”, Mr Anderson said. Wreaths will be laid at St George’s Hall in a ceremony on Monday morning, with 96 lanterns lit in memory of the victims. The city’s commemorations include: An afternoon service at the Anglican Cathedral from 14:45 BST. Flags will be flown at half-mast and the town hall bells will toll 96 times. Mersey Ferries will sound their horns and traffic will be stopped for one minute at both tunnels at 15:06 …

Man involved in embassy incident sectioned

When officers arrived on the scene, a car was “driven at them”, the Met said. ‘Forced to open fire’ Describing the events of Saturday morning, the Ukrainian embassy said that after seeing the ambassador’s car being targeted, police “blocked up” the other vehicle. “Nevertheless, despite the police actions, the attacker hit the ambassador’s car again,” the embassy said. Image copyright PA Image caption The incident took place near the Ukrainian embassy in west London ‘Blasting music’ Eyewitnesses saw the man “ramming” the embassy car. Darcy Mercier, who lives across the road from the Ukrainian embassy, told the BBC the man arrived in the street around 07:00 and was “blasting music”. Mr Mercier said he approached the man and asked him …

Student’s loan funds tampons for others

She said: “I wanted to show all universities that if one individual can buy, package and distribute enough sanitary products for all campuses, each university most definitely can. “All universities need to provide support and actually invest money to finally put an end to period poverty.” She said some universities – including Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Exeter – already provided sanitary products for students in need. Schools to get free sanitary products Why can’t we talk about periods? Patients ‘denied free sanitary products’ In a statement, UWE Bristol said: “Period poverty is a global issue and we’re pleased UWE Bristol students are passionately advocating for change. “The university does not currently supply free sanitary products on campus, though we would be …

Doctors call for drug supply clarity

“Stockpiling is just one part of our multi-layered approach to minimise any supply disruption, which includes alternative transport routes,” a spokesman said. “We are confident that, if everyone does what they need to do, the supply of medicines should be uninterrupted in the event of a no deal.” The BMA, which represents doctors across the UK, said it was vital for patient safety that medics were informed about which drugs were being stockpiled and which might be affected by a no-deal Brexit. “Only if there is clarity on the availability of medicines can GPs, consultants, pharmacists, nurses and health care professionals plan and deliver effective patient care,” said Dr Andrew Green, the BMA’s GP committee clinical and prescribing lead. “If …

Man jailed for ‘revenge’ mosque bomb plot

Jailing him, Judge Peter Lodder QC, said: “The detonation of one or more of these fireworks at Morden mosque may have risked the lives of those nearby.” Image copyright Metropolitan Police Image caption The suitcase which was found in the garden shed at the house of Steven Bishop’s mother, containing components for making incendiary devices A search of his phone uncovered two VPN apps, designed to disguise online activity, which were used to research explosive detonators and the mosque in Morden, the court heard. Further searches at his mother’s house revealed components for making incendiary devices hidden in a suitcase in the garden shed. Timothy Forte, for Bishop, argued that his client’s actions were driven by his fixation on Saffie-Rose …

London’s new pollution charge begins

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLondon’s ULEZ: What you need to know The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has come into force in central London. Drivers of older, more polluting vehicles are being charged to enter the congestion zone area at any time. Transport for London (TfL) hopes the move will reduce the number of polluting cars in the capital, and estimates that about 40,000 vehicles will be affected every day. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said it was “important we make progress” in tackling the capital’s toxic air. Jemima Hartshorn, founder of clean air campaign Mums for Lungs, said: “The ULEZ is a fantastic first step forward to tackling London’s dirty air.” Most vehicles which are …

The hustings for next PM, in all but name

The research is stark. Onward’s report said 83% of Conservative voters are now over the age of 45 and just 4% are under the age of 24 years old. “The ‘tipping point age’ – the median age at which a voter is more likely to be Conservative than Labour – is now 51 years old, up from 47 at the 2017 general election. “Before the 2017 campaign, the tipping point was 34 years old,” it adds. Who could replace Theresa May as leader? May vows to quit if Brexit deal passed The brand is so toxic among many younger women, the organisers said, the party did not even “pass rudimentary hygiene” tests for them. Add to that, they said, the …