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

Redhead in hospital

BRIAN Redhead, 63, presenter of Radio 4's Today programme, is in hospital to have treatment for an abdominal abscess. He is due back in January.

Todes String Quartet playing at the Royal Homeopathic Hospital

The Todes String Quartet playing for a patient at the Royal Homeopathic Hospital in London, one of 100 venues for recitals organised by the Council for Music in Hospitals and sponsored by Bupa. The council is a charity that tries to improve patients' quality of life.

Hume in hospital

John Hume was yesterday admitted to Altnagelvin Hospital in his home town of Londonderry. He is expected to stay there for several days for tests, but was not believed to have had a heart attack although it is understood he was initially admitted to the coronary care unit. He said recently that he had lost two stone, which he attributed to the strain of recent events.

Driver sought

A 22-year-old woman was in critical condition at Wexham Park hospital, Slough, after she collapsed in the road and was run over by a driver who failed to stop.

Autopsy work done by unqualified staff

THOUSANDS of coroners' autopsies have been conducted illegally, work having been done by unqualified staff including hospital porters. An investigation by the Independent has revealed widespread abuse of regulations governing autopsies.

Hospital robbed

Thieves stole pounds 2,000 from Caldew Hospital in Carlisle, by lowering a safe containing the cash from a first-floor office and driving off with it. The money had been collected for a nearby hospice.

Hospital settles

Amia Ismail, a former catering manager at the private Cromwell Hospital in west London, who was sacked after he claimed wealthy Arab patients were overcharged by up to pounds 25,000, has won a pounds 15,000 settlement in an out-of- court settlement. A hospital spokesman said that the overcharging claims had been disproved at an earlier hearing.

Hospital court

Brian Arthurs, 28, of Dungannon, Co Tyrone was brought before a special court in the Ulster hospital where he is being treated for injuries. He is charged with possessing explosives and causing an explosion near Cookstown, Co Tyrone, last week.

Health Update: From bed to worse

HOSPITAL food is often unappetising, unpalatable, unsuitable and in many instances is left untouched, says the Patients' Association. In its new guidelines, the association says that patients should not have to choose from the menu 24 hours in advance; that fresh fruit should always be on the menu and vegetables should not be overcooked; and that patients who cannot feed themselves should be given adequate help - while the food is still hot.

Girl in hospital

Calire Hodson, 8, from Long Eaton, near Nottingham, who fell from the emergency exit of a coach on Saturday, was stable last night in hospital.

Letter: Doctors' unreal world

Sir: N. R. Hulton (Letters, 5 May) is quite correct about the problem of financing reform of junior doctors' hours. Essentially, a hospital day lasts 24 hours 365 days a year, and in many specialties a junior may be equally busy at 3am as at 3pm.

Letter: Derek Jarman's plea to save Bart's hospital

Sir: I write to support Derek Jarman's plea for the survival of St Bartholomew's Hospital, in his splendid letter on the front page of the Independent (5 May). Recent catastrophes in the City of London have underlined its strategic importance, not only for the City but also for a huge area of population beyond.

Health Update: Help for bedwetters

A SELF-HELP treatment for bedwetting, suitable for adults and children, has been produced by the London Enuresis Clinic. The Home Treatment for Bedwetting comes with a mini-alarm. The kit is pounds 135, but refunds are available for anyone less than satisfied. The London Enuresis Clinic, 14 Burlington Lodge Studios, Buer Road, London SW6 4JJ (071-371 8553).

Baby 'born in toilet'

The Walsall Hospitals' Trust is investigating a mother's claim that she gave birth in a hospital toilet. Julie McMahon, 23, said staff at the Manor Hospital, Walsall, West Midlands, insisted that her pains were due to a urinary infection.

Hospital cutback

The John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxfordshire, plans weekend ward closures to help save pounds 850,000.
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