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Family of Maisha, who was 10 at the time, say they hope ‘lessons will have been learned’ from horrific case

Family man driven to edge of despair by music debts

ONE OF the few constants in Michael Menson's turbulent life was the love and support of his family.

Letter: Community care

Sir: Your report "Tough new controls on violent and `untreatable' patients" (15 November) quoted SANE as being in favour of hospital rather than community treatment. This statement, without explanation, gives a misleading impression which could worry mentally ill people and their families by suggesting that hospital is the only alternative to treatment in the community and that people should be forced to stay there.

Letter: Homebirth hell

Sir: I thought the point was to make sure mothers were given no choice about childbirth - at home or in hospital (letter, 8 September).

Letter: Funding hospitals

Sir: In reporting the Government's announcement of six new hospitals with Private Finance Initiative funding worth pounds 650m (8 July), Jeremy Laurance repeated some common misconceptions.

Letter: A home birth can end up in hospital, but it is worth the risk

Letter: A home birth can end up in hospital, but it is worth the risk

pounds 214m PFI hospital

pounds 214m PFI hospital

Doctors predict recovery from vegetative state

A new test may soon enable hospitals to predict when a patient is about to emerge from a vegetative state. Our correspondent investigates.

Hospital meals contained glass

A major investigation began yesterday at a children's hospital after young patients' meals were contaminated with glass, metal, chewing gum and cardboard.

Racing: Eddery out of hospital

Pat Eddery left hospital yesterday after undergoing an operation on his back. The problems forced Eddery to bring his season to a premature close five days after notching his 4,000th career win aboard Silver Patriarch in the St Leger.

E.coli strikes again in Scotland

Three adults from Lanarkshire, the area hit last year by the world's worst outbreak of E.coli, which claimed 20 lives, were admitted to hospital yesterday after being struck down with the bug.

HEALTH: Smokers four times more likely to quit at special clinics

Britain's 12 million smokers are four times more likely to be able to kick the habit by attending a specialist clinic than by trying on their own, a report published yesterday says.

New-born boy left in park

Police last night appealed for the mother of a new-born boy abandoned behind a public lavatory in east London to come forward.
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