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I wanted to find out how my baby died. Instead I got dishonesty and hostility | James Titcombe

The revelation of years of failures at Furness general hospital is bad enough, the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s shameful response compounds it

In November 2008 my nine-day-old son, Joshua, died in truly terrible circumstances, as a consequence of failures in his care at Furness general hospital, part of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS foundation trust. Joshua’s death instantly turned my life upside down. But as I began to seek answers as to what exactly happened and why, nothing could have prepared me for the years of dishonesty, obfuscation and, at times, outright hostility that followed.

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Deaf-specialist teachers are a lifeline – the state must not cut them | Josh Salisbury

As a deaf person I know the value of these teachers. If the government took education seriously it wouldn’t allow numbers to fall

How much is a child’s education worth? If they’re deaf, not even £4m it seems. Or at least that’s how much will be cut by English councils from their deaf educational support budgets this year, according to analysis by the National Deaf Children’s Society. It follows massive reductions that have already occurred in the number of specialist teachers employed by councils to support deaf children and their families. The charity estimates that one in 10 have …read more

Almost 100 police have received psychological help after Salisbury attack

Chief of Wiltshire force says ‘best support’ has been given to personnel including himself

Almost 100 Wiltshire police officers and staff have sought psychological support after the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, the Guardian can reveal.

Among those who have asked for help were officers who initially responded to the collapse of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, and those who were at or close to the various investigation sites in subsequent days and weeks.

Related: Sergei Skripal briefed European intelligence services, reports say

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Tackling high blood pressure in Vietnam – in pictures

World Hypertension Day is on 17 May, and this year’s theme is Know Your Numbers. Global health physician-photographer Alexander Kumar shares images featuring an innovative social enterprise initiative, which uses a “guerrilla warfare” approach to help fight high blood pressure in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Separating sick Inuit kids and parents is medical colonialism all over again

In Quebec, air ambulances continue the incomprehensible practice of separating children and parents – despite no written policy demanding it

It was a relatively quiet summertime shift in the emergency room at Montreal children’s hospital when the child – an Inuk preschooler – was rushed in on a stretcher. He had been airlifted in from a remote community after a motor vehicle accident, and he was entirely alone. Suddenly he began to cry. We couldn’t speak his language, and couldn’t find a hospital interpreter. Had he developed a sudden headache? Should we rush him to the CT scanner?

While trying to figure …read more