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Calls to end years of anti-abortion protests outside Birmingham Robert Clinic

Neighbors at a Birmingham abortion clinic say years of protests in their street have left residents feeling “miserable and helpless” and service users in tears. Complaints have been made against ‘pro-life’ activists handing out graphic leaflets, chanting and blocking access to women using the Robert Clinic in Kings Norton.

Birmingham City Council has launched a consultation to ban all anti-abortion protests near the Station Road facility by introducing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). According to the consultation documents, members of the anti-abortion group 40 Days for Life appear before the clinic twice a year in the fall and during Lent for 40 consecutive days each time, as well as twice a week. throughout the year.

The protests have reportedly led to verbal and, on occasion, physical clashes, with West Midlands Police recording an increase in anti-social behavior in the area. Neighbors also complained that upsetting leaflets were pushed through the doors, including one promoting abortion cancellation procedures, which is widely seen as an unproven and potentially dangerous form of treatment by British health officials.

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The group had already had a presence outside the Calthorpe Clinic in Edgbaston for nine years before it closed. Local resident Liz Bates is one of 60 neighbors to form the group ‘Reclaiming our Road’ which campaigns for the PSPO.

She told BirminghamLive: “This particular group is mostly silent, but they’re setting up chairs, kneeling in the street, showing off, sprinkling what we think is holy water and singing and praying in the street. People who live opposite can hear this from inside their homes.

Protesters outside the Robert Clinic in Kings Norton

“There were regular arguments and I often had to stop my car to broadcast clashes. Residents also had to comfort women leaving the clinic who were upset because of their interaction with these protesters.

“They are persistent and intrusive and they harass and intimidate women who access the clinic. I am only a local resident but I am very passionate about access to healthcare and have no barriers to that.

“My personal views are pro-choice, but in our group we have a range of views. We’re in a pretty unique position because we have an abortion clinic down the road and a Catholic church down the road. the other – but everyone in our group is united in our horror of people pushing their opinions on women in these circumstances.

“People get heated up a lot because it causes a lot of strong feelings. It’s a steady drip, drip with the protesters and then something blows up and there’s an incident – it’s always a very tense and we know it has caused tension in the local community.

“These protesters are not from this area and we believe this is our clinic and we will defend it and women’s right to access legal and safe healthcare.”

According to the consultation documents, the PSPO is proposed to address certain behaviors of members of pro-life and pro-choice groups. If approved, it would cover the area between Northfield Road, Beaumont Road, the A4040 Watford Road and Selly Oak Road.

The document reads: “The activities complained of relate to protesters who made their disapproval of clinic users, visitors and employees known by distributing leaflets, including leaflets with disturbing and graphic images, praying, chanting, singing hymns, harassing and bullying behaviors including blocking the path to the clinic approaching those entering the clinic, blocking the sidewalk, making their views known to anyone in in the proposed restricted area, including children, depriving those using the clinic of their ability to present themselves in confidence, without intimidation or judgment.

“The protests have led to verbal and sometimes physical clashes between protesters and other members of the public, including local residents. Local residents have reported the effect that protester activities and the presence of protesters have had on their quality of life, including not being able to enjoy their home and garden, having to explain the protesters’ presence and purpose to their own young children, and their mental health being affected by the continued presence of the protest at the outside their homes or while they go about their daily business Residents felt upset about the effect the protesters’ presence is having on those who use the clinic.

He goes on to say that “Police and PCSOs spend a lot of time on incidents related to protesters at the Robert Clinic and patrolling the area.” Staff and service users have complained about explicit signs, including one that says “don’t kill your baby”, with service users reporting feeling “emotional and scared” and crying.

An anonymous resident is recorded as saying: ” I could leave my curtains closed, not open my front door and not sit in my living room – then I wouldn’t have to see them, but why should I do that to protect my sanity! My living room is a lovely, sunny haven — and yet, for 80 days a year, I can’t sit in it without feeling miserable and helpless. They are there every day, even on weekends when the clinic is closed. »

A spokesperson for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), which runs the clinic, said: “We support the introduction of PSPO and hope this can be done as soon as possible. We have had several groups present for a long time in outside of this particular clinic and we certainly have limited confidence that it will stop unless the council takes action.

“The protest is very upsetting for customers and locals alike. It’s been going on for so long now and it’s time the council intervened. This is not a silent vigil, it’s a tangible daily threat to our service .users and it’s upsetting for people to have to walk past.

“The mission statement of this group is to end abortion, and what we are clear about is that this is legal health care that women have a right to access. These demonstrations are an obstacle to accessing this care and can discourage people.”

BirminghamLive has contacted 40 Days For Life to comment on the proposed PSPO. The consultation runs from Monday April 4 to May 23, 2022. Readers can view the consultation documents here.

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British dental nurse marries US death row killer after telling parents she was going to DisneyWorld

A Briton has married a death row murderer in the US after telling her parents she was visiting DisneyWorld.

Rebecca Short, 26, had secretly become pen pals for double killer Manuel Ovante J, 35, before the couple married in prison.

The trainee dental nurse, from Oxfordshire, stunned her family when she sent them wedding photos from Eyman Prison in Florence, Arizona, out of the blue, The Mirror reports.

A friend claims she is “obsessed” with watching serial killer documentaries on Netflix.

Mexican-American Ovante, 35, imprisoned 12 years ago, was allowed to leave his cell for the April 14 ceremony.

The photos show Rebecca in a black wedding dress and boots, while her groom wears bright orange prison scrubs and white sneakers.

The bride also met Ovante’s family and they shared the wedding cake, which had black icing and red roses.

Rebecca met Ovante’s family on her wedding day

A message at the top of three tiers read, “Till death do us part.”

Rebecca also posted snaps of DisneyWorld, Florida, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco during her trip.

A friend told The Sun: “She was always obsessed with watching Netflix documentaries about serial killers in America, but no one thought she would run away and marry one.”

Rebecca’s neighbor also told the newspaper: ‘She told me about it, but I don’t really want to talk about it, it’s not my family.

The wedding cake said: "Until death do us part"
The wedding cake read: “Till death do us part”

It is understood the pair met on, where Ovante wrote: “I’m easy going and tend to be a goofball.

“Very loyal to the people I love. No one is perfect, so I hope not to be judged by past mistakes.

“I like to read and listen to music. I have a daughter named Bonnie.

Rebecca also visited DisneyWorld
Rebecca also visited DisneyWorld

“I don’t know what I’m looking for in a pen pal, so I guess you’ll have to surprise me.”

Eyman prisoners spend an average of 17 years on death row before being executed by lethal injection.

On June 11, 2008, Ovante and his friends George Rojas, Nathan Duran, and Richard Fore went to Jordan Trujillo’s home to try to get methamphetamine.

However, after discovering there were none available, they left before returning in a truck to find that Damien Vickers and Gabriel Valenzuela were also at the property.

Ovante suddenly pulled out a gun and shot Trujillo twice, killing her.

He then also shot Vickers and Valenzuela.

As the former was fighting for his life, Duran helped him into the truck and they all left.

However, Ovante refused to allow Vickers to be taken to hospital and he died, his body later being dumped in an alley.

Valenzuela survived.

Ovante was arrested a month later and pleaded guilty to the murders, as well as aggravated assault.

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The Tory MP’s dental practice where he juggles a second job fails safety inspection


Sir Paul Beresford told the Mirror his practice only “technically” fails CQC checks. The Dentistry and Oral Health Parliamentary Group he chairs aims to ‘raise the profile of dentistry’

A Tory MP who chairs the parliamentary group on dentistry has seen his own dental practice fail its safety inspection.

Sir Paul Beresford, Chairman of the APPG for Dentistry and Oral Health, runs his own private dental practice, Beresford Dental Practice Ltd, in Wandsworth, south-west London.

He is listed on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website as a registered manager responsible for “treatment of disease, disorder or injury”, “surgical procedures” and “diagnostic and medical procedures”. screening”.

But after the CQC inspected his practice last November, officials ruled his practice “did not provide safe care.”

The report published in January 2022 stated: “We found that this practice did not provide safe care in accordance with current regulations.

Sir Paul Beresford, Conservative MP for Mole Valley


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“We found that this practice did not provide well-directed care in accordance with current regulations,” he added.

CQC officials went on to specifically criticize Sir Paul’s leadership in practice: “The supplier has failed to demonstrate that there are effective systems of leadership and management, including monitoring, evaluation and mitigation risks and the implementation of systems to monitor and improve the service.”

Feryal Clark, Shadow Minister for Primary Care and Patient Safety, said: ‘With the cost of living crisis really starting to bite and workers braced for tax hikes, it will cause yet another headache. teeth to preservatives.

“After his own dental practice failed a safety inspection, Beresford’s role as chairman of the parliamentary group on dentistry is hard to swallow.”

After the report on the dance, the CQC urged the practice to take several steps to meet regulatory requirements under “enforcement action.”

Mr Beresford said the CQC has since given his practice an impeccable bill of health. He told the Mirror his practice had only “technically” failed and insisted last Wednesday that the CQC review his practice and deem it safe.

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“They are writing the report now. It will take time,” he said.

The updated report to which Sir Paul refers has not yet been published and has not been acknowledged by the CQC.

Other issues highlighted by the CQC include:

  • There was no guarantee that the x-ray equipment had been tested and verified in accordance with the applicable national regulations and guidelines.
  • The supplier had not registered with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and had not appointed a radiation protection adviser (RPA) or radiation protection supervisor.
  • There was no Legionella risk assessment in place.
  • There was no risk assessment in general medicine.

Sir Paul often cites her expertise when praising the government’s work on dental issues.

During a debate last year, he chastised Labor MP Mohamed Yasin for raising issues with emergency dentistry in the UK, saying: ‘His speech was a barrage of negativity, and that’s not is not all negativity in this area,” adding, “I’m a practicing dentist.”

Sir Paul made headlines in 2009 when it was revealed he had designated his London property, which includes his surgery, as his second home on his parliamentary allowances, claiming part of the running costs of the building from the expenses.

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Bromley mental health clinic was destroyed after inspectors discovered staff were not undergoing basic training

A mental health clinic in Bromley was destroyed after inspectors discovered staff were not undergoing basic training. Kent House Hospital was told it needed to improve after a critical review by care watchdog the Care Quality Commission.

The independent hospital provides care and treatment for young women and adolescent girls with serious mental disorders and complex behaviors. But inspectors were unhappy with the service and also made several critical comments about hygiene and staffing issues.

The hospital’s safety and training standards have been condemned by the CQC, which is the independent regulator for health and care services in the UK. The report states: “Staff failed to keep up to date with basic training to protect people from preventable harm… Managers failed to ensure that staff received specialist training for their role. .Nursing staff had not received training to work in psychiatric care for children and adolescent health services.”

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He adds, “Staff and young people said staffing was the biggest issue and a huge number of vacancies remained unfilled. to operate the service securely.

“Young people reported that there was no consistency with the staff – especially the night staff changing so often… One member of staff expressed concerns about staffing and said he there weren’t enough nurses and that there was a lot of pressure on nurses and assistants.”

The report later states, “The service failed to deploy enough qualified, skilled, competent and experienced personnel.” The physical examination room at the Orpington-based clinic was also not clean, according to the report. The inspectors wrote: “Staff did not always ensure that the premises were clean. The physical examination room was dirty. For example, the equipment was covered in dust, the staff had not used a clean stickers to show it was clean and the bin was overflowing Staff did not keep a cleaning log to ensure this room was cleaned regularly We immediately spoke to the supplier who said they would would clean up immediately.

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Another issue inspectors spotted was the seclusion rooms, which they said “did not fully comply with the Mental Health Act’s code of practice”. They add that in one of the bedrooms, the bathroom mirror was directly opposite the viewing panel, which meant staff could see if a youngster was sitting on the toilet. It took away “intimacy and dignity” from a youngster, according to the report.

Despite the overall rating of “needs improvement”, the hospital was rated “good” for the quality of its care. Examples cited included improving outdoor areas, with the yard having a gym, basketball court and garden space with plants and flowers. The report also states that “staff ensured that the young people had access to a high quality education throughout their time on the service. The on-site school was registered with Ofsted and classed as” outstanding” when last inspected in June 2021. Staff encouraged young people to attend school, and it was part of their recovery journey.”

A hospital spokesperson said: ‘We are working hard to make the improvements identified by the CQC, and hope to return the site to a ‘good’ rating as soon as possible. Since the inspection, we have improved the compliance of our staff training and have launched an additional education program specifically focused on caring for children and young people with autism.

“We have hired a new occupational therapist who offers a wider range of interventions for the young people in our care. We have also started an upgrade to the physical environment, and this project should be completed in the spring. recruiting challenges identified by inspectors, we review the salaries and benefits we provide to our staff. We also provided additional support to management to improve our governance processes.

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Teacher faces over £1,000 private dental bill due to shocking NHS care shortages in Wales

A substitute teacher has spent more than £1,000 on dental bills after his practice announced he was stopping NHS treatment and going private. Adam Faries said he reluctantly signed up for a private treatment plan after he was unable to find another dentist near him who offered NHS treatment.

He claimed to have tried “almost every dentist within 30 miles” of Bangor, and nearly 20 different practices told him he would be put on a waiting list for at least two years before he was seen. Through his research, he discovered there was currently only one NHS dentist in the town, which he said was “incredibly unsustainable” for a town of its size.

Adam’s case was also mentioned during a recent plenary session at the Senedd, with Welsh Tory leader Andrew RT Davies warning that patients were increasingly facing ‘chronic expectations’ with some services ‘at risk of s ‘collapse”. For Adam, the situation is one that has left him frustrated and unsure if he will be able to afford the treatment he needs in the future. You can get more health news and other story updates by subscribing to our newsletters here.

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“I checked into a dental practice in 2019, having searched for a new dentist for over a year after my previous practice in Bangor closed,” he explained. “They offered dental work to the NHS and it was going well, but I received an email in August 2020, when I was halfway through treatment, that the practice had decided to go private They said it was getting too expensive to maintain and they didn’t think they could provide the level of care they wanted with the money available.

“I have been offered a limited offer of £10 a month of private treatment,” he added. “It was a pretty good offer, it got me two consultations a year, discounts on basic treatments, same-day emergency care, things like that. But even so, I I was still unsure about that.”

Reluctant to commit to private treatment, Adam began researching alternative options. However, he was disappointed when he couldn’t find any other local practices offering NHS treatment, despite those that did had huge waiting lists.

“I looked at just about every dentist within about 30 miles of Bangor,” he said. “I phoned and emailed around 15, maybe 20 different practices in Menai Bridge, Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Llangefni, Penmaenmawr and others. This was during the pandemic so many of they weren’t taking anyone anyway, but what those who were told me was that the waiting lists would be at least two years, probably even longer.

“It was crazy, but even now, with things reopening, the waiting lists are still the same. It’s still two or three years and that’s after contacting all the dentists between here and Rhyl, and all on Anglesey too.”

Aware that the limited time supply at his current practice was running out, and with no suitable alternative, Adam apprehensively joined the private treatment plan. So far he has received work on his root canal, which he was halfway through treatment for before the practice went private, while all other items have come at full private price.

During three treatments, all of which were for fillings, he was charged over £980. Including the monthly membership fees he pays, that total approaches £1,200, which Adam says was an unsustainable amount for him to pay given the nature of his job.

“It’s a huge financial burden,” he said. “The treatment has meant I haven’t had any pain and my teeth are kept in order, but I have to pay a lot for it. I work as a substitute teacher, which is unpredictable by nature, so having large sums of money flow out of my account, before I’ve even had the treatment, it’s a bit scary, it’s money which I don’t know I have.

“For people like me, not having a suitable or available option for free NHS treatment is a huge problem because paying for what I’m doing now can’t be a long term situation. I just can’t I think I’m right in saying that in Bangor there’s only one NHS dentist at the moment That’s for a town of 10,000 when the students aren’t there and 25,000 when they’re there. It’s unsustainable. The idea of ​​the NHS is that everyone has access to free healthcare or at least cheaper healthcare, and I think everyone should have the right access to an NHS dentist It would be nice to see the Welsh government achieve this, firstly by attracting more dentists to the area to open a few more NHS practices.

During a plenary session at the Senedd on March 22, Andrew RT Davies referred to Adam’s situation to illustrate the “extremely worrying” lack of capacity within the Welsh dental services. He added that the waits had become so long that people like Adam were paying thousands to ensure their dental health, while some were going the extra mile and pulling teeth themselves in desperation.

Speaking to Prime Minister Mark Drakeford, he said: “We often talk about the consequences of parts of the NHS being closed to deal with coronavirus, which has left 20 per cent of the Welsh population on a waiting list for the NHS, and, of that 20%, one in four people wait more than a year. But none of these lists contain waiting times for dentistry. Waits have become so chronic that we see people having to pay hundreds of dollars, even thousands of dollars, or take more drastic measures in their own hands to extract the teeth.

“Now, as we see dental treatment fall by 70% in the last 12 months, do you agree with me that there is a real capacity problem within Welsh dental services and the capacity of people to register with the NHS?”

But while Mr Drakeford admitted NHS dentistry was ‘undoubtedly very difficult’ at the moment, he insisted there had been a recovery, with patient volumes almost at three-quarters of levels. ‘before Covid. He also denied that the problem was due to a capacity problem, instead saying it depended on the “circumstances in which the dental treatment is carried out”.

He added: “We still have a significant number of dentists in Wales doing NHS dental treatment, but they are simply not able to deliver the treatment volumes they were in pre-COVID conditions. , because, of all the things the NHS does , the aerosol-generating procedures that dentistry relies on are the most likely to spread COVID. Therefore, the conditions continue to be that dentists must reduce the number of patients they can see in a day, they have to have longer periods between appointments in order to carry out the necessary cleaning, which leads to the very difficult circumstances to which the Member referred.

“There is a recovery in dentistry. We are back to about 70% of the volumes that were possible before Covid. There are new ways to advise people. I think there are more than 2,000 people a week who have too much telephone advice from their dental practitioner And there are plans in particular to diversify the dental workforce, which will help to mobilize the capacities that we need in the future.

“In the meantime, the position will continue to be difficult. Although there is more money in the system, the system is not able to absorb the money that the Minister of Health has put at his disposal. disposal during this calendar year. Because money isn’t the answer here. There just isn’t the time in the day or hands on deck to be able to do all that we would like to see done.

Mr Davies told the session there were now 83 fewer dentists working on Welsh health boards than there were in 2020, adding that it was ‘probably not helped’ by the new NHS dental contract from the government, which drove dentists out of service and into private practice. The British Dental Association said the new contract reduced the emphasis on regular checkups, forced dentists to choose between old and new patients and paid dentists based on outdated performance data.

Andrew RT Davies said the lack of capacity in Welsh dental services was ‘extremely concerning’

He added: “In a letter from the chairman of the local Dyfed Powys dental committee sent to the Minister of Health, the committee confirmed that not all practices in their area are able to sign the proposed contract, which would result in a 75% reduction in capacity on existing agreed levels The President said that not every member is willing to compromise on the quality of care for their patients.

“That, as a group, is extremely concerning – that NHS dental services in West Wales are at risk of collapsing as early as next month. If you accept that there are challenges on this particular issue , why are you introducing a contract that would make the situation worse and potentially create dental deserts in parts of Wales?”

Mr Drakeford said he was “puzzled” by the letter adding that from next month dentists in Wales will have a choice whether or not to take up the new contract, with no one being forced to take it. “Many, many dentists believe it is far better than the existing contract because it allows them to perform quality dentistry rather than the treadmill of dental business units that govern the existing contract and push dentists to do street checks, small procedures, rather than practicing at the peak of their professional skill,” he added.

Asked what action the Welsh Government would take to improve access to dental services across Wales, Mr Drakeford said it was planned to ‘advance the liberalization of the profession’, while 2 million additional pounds would be allocated to dentistry next year. . He added that a ‘major new dental centre’ would soon open in Bangor which would ‘provide a new level of NHS dental service to people in North West Wales’.

However, despite the Prime Minister’s promises, Adam was apprehensive about the future. “I heard the Prime Minister talk about a new dental academy,” he said. “But this is the first time I’ve heard of it. It might solve some of the problems, but it would be nice to have a little more detail on what it will bring. People who sign up there will be seen by trained professionals or by dentists in training?

“If you’re going into something as important as dental surgery, you ideally want to be seen by trained professionals, although of course students have to learn. I don’t know if that will solve anything for people like me. , but we’ll wait and see – something has to be done.”

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