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Charlie Gard ‘will die tomorrow knowing he was loved”



The parents of Charlie Gard say they have been “massively let down’ by the system and that terminally ill Charlie Gard will die tomorrow “knowing he was loved by thousands”.

Sadly Charlie’s life support will be turned off tomorrow and his parents are making the most of their last hours together.

Chris Gard and Connie Yates said they are spending their “last precious hours” with their son before his life support machine is turned off tomorrow.

They said “We’re not allowed to choose if our son lives and we’re not allowed to choose when or where Charlie dies.

“We and most importantly Charlie have been massively let down throughout this whole process. Charlie will die tomorrow knowing that he was loved by thousands… thank you to everyone for all your support!”


In the heartbreaking, his parents set up a fundraising page for their son who is aged just 10-months old to receive treatment in the United States for a rare genetic condition. Great Ormond Street Doctors believed that the “experimental therapy would not help”.

His parents fought a legal battle which took them to the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court but judges ruled in favour of the doctors.

This week the case went tot the European Court of Human Rights and they refused to intervene.

The Judges at the European court agreed that the majority of them would not hear the case which would be their “final” decision meaning Charlie’s life support will be turned off tomorrow.

They said that they believe the British courts have made the right decision when they found that the baby Charlie should be allowed to “die with dignity”.

Judges have now also lifted the interim court order which required to keep him on life support at the Great Ormond Street Hospital while the case was being considered.

Sadly this marks the road of the end of a legal battle and Charlie’s support machine will sadly be switched off.

Specialists who have been looking after Charlie believed his life support machine should be stopped because the proposed US treatment had no realistic chance of success and the baby was probably in constant pain and suffering.

Charlie’s parents argued that doctors had overstated the extent of their son’s condition and that he should be allowed a chance of treatment and a life.

Great Ormond Street Hospital said ” Our thoughts are with Charlie’s parents on receipt of this news which we know will be very distressing for them.

“Today’s decision by the European Court of Human Rights marks the end of what has been a very difficult process and our priority is to provide every possible support to Charlie’s parents as we prepare for the next steps.

“There will be no rush by Great Ormond Street Hospital to change Charlie’s care and any future treatment plans will involve careful planning and discussion.”

The High Court within the UK found that it was Charlie’s best interests to be allowed to die, two further appeals at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court also upheld that it was his best interests to be allowed to die, before his parents pushed to the European Court Of Human Rights (ECHR) case to be heard.

ECHR ruled that they would not hear the case because they endorsed the substance of the approach by the domestic courts. The British courts acted meticulous through and reviewed they provided clear and extensive reasoning giving relevant and sufficient support for their conclusions.

They further concluded that on the basis of the extensive, high-quality expert evidence it was most likely that Charlie was being exposed to continued pain, suffering and distress and that by undergoing experimental treatment with no prospect of success would offer no benefit and continue to cause him significant harm.

Our thoughts are with Chris Gard and Connie Yates at this difficult time.



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Ambulance on an blue light call has been bricked in Newcastle



An ambulance crew have been left covered in shards of glass after the ambulance they travelled in was bricked.

This could have easily killed the driver and crew mate, a second ambulance had to be dispatched to the emergency call they could no longer attend.

The ambulance was traveling to a emergency call on blue lights and sirens when a brick was thrown at the windscreen of the ambulance.

Shocked crew members quickly pulled over and contacted police who have now launched an investigation.

The brick was aimed at the driver of the ambulance and without his quick thinking could have easily killed everyone on board.

Anyone who knows who is responsible for this horrific incident is asked to call police on 101.



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93-Year-Old Former Nurse Left In Hospital Corridor For Six Days



A 93 year old former nurse who was awarded an MBE for her services to the NHS was left in a hospital corridor for six days.

Enid Stevens was admitted to hospital after fracturing her spine while putting on her slippers at home.

When she arrived at A&E within St James Hospital in Leeds she never expected she have to wait six hours to be seen, places in a cubicle for another five hours in her urine-soaked clothes.

When Enid was finally given a ward bed, she imagined her ordeal was over and she could settle in to begin her medical treatment and recovery.

Then on the fourth night in the middle of the night at 2am she was woken up and moved to a corridor and kept there for six days.

Enid has admitted that what has happened to her was the ‘most degrading thing I’ve ever experienced’.

“I worked in the NHS from the age of 18 until I retired when I was 59 and every second of that time I was stood up on my feet – I didn’t get an MBE for nothing.

“But I’m not blaming the hospital or the staff there – you have to see it for yourself.

“The place was absolutely heaving – as soon as you ask a nurse to do one thing she’s stopped by someone else to do something else.”

She continued: “There used to be convalescent homes for elderly patients to recover after hospital treatment but the government got rid of them years ago.

“It’s all in A&E and there’s nowhere to put people except in the corridor. I’m just lucky I had my daughter to go backwards and forwards for everything.”

The nurse was awarded an MBE in 1983 for services to Seacroft Hospital in Leeds

She was admitted to hospital via Ambulance on the 6th March saying “I was soaked-through with urine in my clothes – it was like a nightmare.

“A nurse passed by so I asked her for some clean clothes but she never came back so I sat there for five hours wet-through.”

She was moved to a ward and then a corridor “That’s where I was left for six days.

“I was blocking the entrance to a doctor’s consultation room so I had to be shoved out of the way when the doctors brought patients’ families in to speak with them”

Her daughter Barbara Brook said: “Mum was right next to where they kept the apron and mask dispensers and the staff had to lean over her to get them.

“It was so upsetting for her – just awful really.”

Julian Hartley, Chief Executive of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Our communication with Mrs Stevens and her family during her stay should have been better and I sincerely apologise for her experience of care.

“Mrs Stevens was cared for in a non-designated bed space for longer than is acceptable and I am sorry that we weren’t able to move her to a dedicated bed space during her stay.

“Unfortunately there are pressures across the whole health and social care system which impact on our ability to discharge some patients who need further non-hospital support or care.”

“Regrettably we sometimes have to move some patients to a non-designated bed space for a temporary period of time.

“This is so we can meet the needs of patients who require closer clinical observation and monitoring.”



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Policing and Ethics Panels… are they really working?



Every Police force across the U.K. has a code of ethics and a panel to go with it.

They meet every six weeks and talk about ethics within policing. These panels expect the highest standards of behaviour and conduct from the police officers and staff within the force.

Surely these code of ethics should also be a reflection and followed by those independent people who sit on these panels.

They expect the highest standards from those officers, but we as members of the public should also expect the highest standards of behaviour from those who sit within these panels.

We should expect these standards to be adhered to within everyday life and within the online social media world. After all if the code of ethics panels cannot adhere to these basic standards how can we expect others too.

What are the code of ethics?

The Code of Ethics is a code of practice for the principles and standards of behaviour that applies to the police service in England and Wales.

The code of ethics applies to anyone working on behalf of the police service which actually also includes those members of the panels which in some cases don’t seem to follow their own ethics.

We expect from those who are working within the police service as a basic. .

  • Acting with honesty and integrity, fairness and impartiality.
  • Treating members of the public and their colleagues with respect.
  • Not abusing their powers and authority.
  • Acting in a manner that does not discredit or undermine public confidence in the police service.

Making Ethical Decisions

The Code of Ethics promotes the use of the National Decision Model (NDM) to help embed ethical reasoning in accordance with policing principles and expected standards of behaviour.

The model allows people to be more questioning of the situations confronting them, more challenging of themselves and better able to make ethical and effective decisions.

The model places the Code of Ethics at the centre of all decision making.

This reminds those in the policing profession that they should consider the principles and expected standards of behaviour set out in the Code at every stage of making decisions.

The NDM is inherently exible. It can be applied to spontaneous incidents or planned operations, by an individual or teams of people, and to operational and non-operational situations.

It can also be expanded as appropriate for specialist and other areas of policing. The NDM also works well for reviewing and debrie ng decisions and actions.

In every case the elements of the NDM stay the same, but users decide for themselves which questions and considerations they apply at

each stage.

Understanding, practising and using the NDM helps people develop the knowledge and skills necessary to make ethical, proportionate and defensible decisions in all policing situations.

In a fast-moving incident, the main priority of decision makers is to keep in mind the principles and standards set out in the Code of Ethics.

You are not expected to know the Code of Ethics word for word. What is expected is that you apply the intent of the Code to your decisions and ask yourself questions such as:

• Is my decision in line with the principles and expected behaviours outlined in the Code of Ethics?

• Will this action or decision re ect well on my professionalism and policing generally?

• Would I be comfortable explaining this action or decision to my supervisor?

• Would I be prepared to defend this action or decision in public?

Independent Ethical Panels

We understand the value that ethics panels add to all levels of the police service but do they add anything to policing? Are they just talking and achieving nothing? Some would say they are an invaluable resource.

It could be argued that some members of these independent ethical panels aren’t adhering to the values of the purpose of the ethical panels, some are publicly acting in a way to deliberately undermine public confidence in the police service to achieve and follow their own agenda publicly targeting police officers and members of the public in a way that is verging on the boundaries of Harassment and malicious communications all in the name of Ethical policing.

These members are going unchallenged because they believe they are simply above the law when it comes to Ethical Policing and we have to questions the motives for these people wanting to be on Ethical Panels.

Members of these panels are not acting honestly, with integrity, fairness and impartiality these panels.

So we would question the direct ethics of these ethical policing panels.

And ask ourselves are they worth the money spent on them?

Do they just create problems that don’t exist? Are they overthinking the whole thing?

Or are they adding value to the service, valuable change and meaningful discussions?

We know that many members of Ethical Panels are adhering to these standards and do have the right intentions but it is now your challenge to ensure other members no longer go unchecked.

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