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

Money in Brief: Health cover

Prime Health has linked up with Bupa hospitals to offer Primecare Select, which gives a combination of health cover and many built-in extras at rates associated with Budget plans.

Hospital bed row

A 77-year-old dying man who was left in casualty for five hours at King's College Hospital, London, because staff could not find him a bed. His family said he was found a bed 'almost immediately' when they offered to pay for private care. The charge was later waived.

Van crash

Seven passengers in a Morris Marina van were taken to hospital after it crashed in Cardiff. Three were in a critical condition and one was seriously ill. The driver, Dominic Howells, 21, of Cardiff, was unhurt.

Race stunt apology

James Florey, 21, who was hit by a galloping horse when he ran across the race track at Ascot, was discharged from Wexham Hospital, Slough, where he was treated for head injuries. He said he was sorry, but he was drunk and 'did it for a laugh'.

Crisis in blood reserves

National blood reserves are approaching an all-time low as the service struggles to meet an unprecedented demand from hospitals, the Department of Health said yesterday as it launched a new appeal for donors, writes Liz Hunt.

Row as GP loses job

A doctor claims he has been hounded out of his job at the hospital where Dr Bridget O'Connell was suspended for 11 years. Dr Max Segal alleges he was forced out after voicing concern about standards of patient care at King George Hospital in Ilford, Essex.

Hospital deaths

A boy, 9, and girl, 5, died, and a third child was seriously ill, after contracting blood infections at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. A spokesman said infection control measures had been introduced. Tests were continuing to find the source.

Fire at hospital

Police believe an arsonist started a fire that caused thousands of pounds of damage to the disused Botley's Park Hospital, in Chertsey, Surrey.

Letter: Pioneering spirit of Broadmoor staff

Sir: I refer to your article concerning industrial relations at Broadmoor Hospital ('Broadmoor staff accused in row over new regime', 5 April). There is no doubt that the many changes taking place are causing stress among our very professional staff.

Hospital alert

Walsgrave hospital in Coventry closed its intensive care unit following the death of a seriously ill patient who became infected with the common and usually harmless germ MRSA. Several other seriously ill patients are being kept in isolation.

Life of 'misdiagnosis'

A woman diagnosed as having cystic fibrosis, a hereditary disease, at the age of two is to sue Ayshire and Arran Health Board for psychological damage and limitations on her lifestyle. Angela Scott, 27, of Strathclyde, who had made 400 hospital visits and been warned not to have children, learnt in January the diagnosis was 'unlikely'.

Letter: Hospital drama

Sir: Sad that Gillian Taylforth ended up in St Bartholomew's Hospital (report, 26 January). Sadder still that St Bartholomew's Accident and Emergency department faces closure.

School bus crash

Around 40 children were taken to hospital after an accident involving two school buses in Drumchapel, Glasgow. One child who received a bump on the head was kept in hospital for observation.

Coma death

A COMA victim died in hospital 48 hours after a High Court decision to allow doctors to stop feeding him. The 24-year-old died in a Bristol hospital after being in an irreversible vegetative state for more than two years.

Station gas blast

Two British Rail workers were badly burnt in an explosion at Merthyr Tydfil station, Mid Glamorgan. Police said they had been trying to light a gas heater. Aled Williams, 47, and Islwyn Davies, 58, were in a serious condition in hospital.
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