Man with no shame, Sir David Nicholson, "must share blame" over Mid Staffs scandal, Health Secretary finally admits


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Man with no shame Sir David Nicholson 'must share blame' over Mid Staffs scandal, Health Secretary finally admitsJeremy Hunt changes stance on chief executive of the health serviceUp to 1,200 people died needlessly because of poor care By Tamara Cohen PUBLISHED: 16:51 GMT, 14 March 2013 | UPDATED: 22:44 GMT, 14 March 2013 The most powerful man in the NHS ‘bears some responsibility’ for the tragedy at Mid Staffordshire, the Health Secretary admitted for the first time yesterday. Jeremy Hunt acknowledged Sir David Nicholson’s failings while running the regional health authority.

Graham Mellor: Body of 7ft 2in "gentle giant" who died aged 72 is turned away from local crematoriums


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Too tall to be cremated: Body of 7ft 2in 'gentle giant' who died aged 72 is turned away from local crematoriums Graham Mellor passed away at his home in Stoke-on-Trent at age of 72Two nearby crematoriums could not fit his 7ft 9in coffin into furnacesFamily now face a 70-mile round trip to facility that can cater for himCousin: 'I am completely taken aback. It will have to be a two-day funeral' Former barman was crowned 'Staffordshire's Tallest Man' in 1967 By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 12:21 GMT, 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 28 February 2013 To his many friends and relatives, Graham Mellor was always larger than life. At 7ft 2in, though, the gentle giant sometimes admitted that being so tall was a burden

Hundreds of schools take beef off the menu following collapse in confidence following horsemeat scandal


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Hundreds of schools take beef off the menu following collapse in confidence over horsemeat scandalStaffordshire councillors say dishes such as cottage pie will not be servedBan will remain in place while doubts remain over horsemeat scandal By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 01:44 GMT, 15 February 2013 | UPDATED: 04:02 GMT, 15 February 2013 Beef has been taken off the menu in hundreds of schools as a precautionary measure amid a collapse in confidence in processed food. Staffordshire councillors say dishes such as cottage pie will not be served while doubts remain over possible horsemeat contamination. Tests are being carried out on beef meals served at schools and hospitals around the country for the presence of horsemeat.

Milly-Anne

She just keeps on smiling: Bravery of schoolgirl who lost her foot after being attacked by her own pet dog Milly-Anne Hemley, 10, was attacked by pet Staffordshire bull terrier Rory at her home in NorthamptonshireSurgeons battled for two hours to save her damaged limb, but were eventually forced to amputate her foot and the lower part of her right leg By Kerry Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 02:33 GMT, 17 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:33 GMT, 17 January 2013 'Keep smiling': Milly-Anne lost her foot after she was attacked by family pet Rory A brave schoolgirl who was forced to have her foot amputated after she was savagely attacked by her own pet dog has told how she is determined to 'keep smiling' despite her ordeal. Milly-Anne Hemley, 10, was so badly injured when Staffordshire bull terrier Rory turned on her out of the blue that surgeons had to remove her foot and the lower part of her right leg

NHS chief must go over health service horror: Hospitals face closure for covering up medical mistakes after review into trust where 1,200 died from…


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NHS chief 'must go' over hospital horror: Relatives of patients who died demand his resignation Probe into deaths at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public inquiry will say trust run under culture of fear, bullying and secrecy By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 11:55 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 7 January 2013 The head of the NHS is facing calls to resign over his role in one of the worst hospital scandals in history. Sir David Nicholson helped appoint the chief executive who presided over Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust at a time when up to 1,200 patients died through neglect

Take Me Out contestants evicted from 1.5million country mansion after weekend long party gets out of hand


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Take Me Out contestants evicted from 1.5million country mansion after weekend party got out of hand Police were called to the party in Tutbury, StaffordshireAround 100 contestants were asked to leave by owners and policeOne party-goer said that the raucous bash 'got out of hand' By Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 13:32 GMT, 6 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:06 GMT, 6 January 2013 Hit: Contestants from ITV1 show Take Me Out were thrown out of a 1.5million country mansion after a weekend long party got out of hand and police were called.

They"re taking a dashboard approach to performance: Writers of gobbledegook named and shamed in Golden Bull awards


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They're taking a dashboard approach to performance: Writers of gobbledegook named and shamed in Golden Bull awards | UPDATED: 15:03 GMT, 11 December 2012 Mitt Romney was awarded the 'Foot in Mouth' award Many complain that they need a translation guide to keep up with the jargon churned out in work meetings. But, in a triumph for plain speaking, the best examples of corporate gobbledygook were today named and shamed. The worst offenders, guilty of using phrases such as 'from a spectrum of inadequacy' to 'a dashboard approach to performance' were highlighted as the culprits inflicting this nonsense on their colleagues.

Rotten row between neighbours: Writer Angela Hargreaves causes outrage after locals say she based saucy novel on them


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The saucy book that's caused a rotten row between neighbours: Writer causes outrage after locals say she based erotic novel on them Angela Hargreaves' novel Rotten Row is described as a tale of 'sexual encounters' and the 'complexity of living in close proximity to some neighbours'The writer's own neighbours in Eccleshall, Staffordshire, are now refusing to speak to her after accusing her of basing the story on their lives Hargreaves insists the book is fictional | UPDATED: 12:52 GMT, 10 December 2012 Authors often base their novels on their own experiences, over-heard conversations or eccentric characters they may have met throughout their lives. But one writer has caused offense by keeping her characters too close to home – as she's been accused of basing them on her own neighbours. Friends of novelist Angela Hargreaves, who lives in Eccleshall, Staffordshire, are now refusing to speak to her after private conversations they've had with her and secrets they've confided have allegedly ended up in her book.

Baby makes miracle recovery after heart "swelled to the size of a football"


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Baby with heart that 'swelled to the size of a football' makes miracle recovery from surgery Little Liam diagnosed with faulty valve which made his heart swellHis parents were told he would die without an operation but could also die during surgerySurgery to replace the faulty valve with a pig's valve was a success | UPDATED: 18:56 GMT, 5 December 2012 A baby born with a swollen heart has made a miraculous recovery after having risky surgery.

Rap music fan who shouted n***** at a black man is CLEARED of racism as magistrates accept he was using "street slang"


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Rap music fan who shouted n***** at a black man is CLEARED of racism as magistrates accept he was using 'street slang'Christopher Jones argued the word is a 'term of endearment' for him'I can be sat with a black friend and I will say ‘what up, n*****’ he saidMagistrates threw out case and agreed it was not said with 'hostility''It is the last word you should use towards someone who's black,' critics say | UPDATED: 14:54 GMT, 4 December 2012 Cleared: Rap fan Christopher Jones was not convicted of racism after he shouted the word n***** towards a black man A rap-mad music fan who shouted n***** at a black man has walked free from court after magistrates agreed he had just been using 'street slang'. Christopher Jones was arrested after he was overheard aiming the offensive word at a group of men in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on September 10. But the sign-writer claimed he couldn’t be racist because he listened to hip-hop music, had 'more black friends than white friends' and this is what he called everyone