Mum fed takeaways to dying obese child

‘Missed health appointments’ It found the Greater Manchester teenager, who has not been named, was not provided with a PE kit by their mother despite enjoying classes. The mother blamed the child for not losing weight, called them “lazy” and falsely claimed they could not take part because of health problems and disabilities, it said. “[The school] found it difficult to challenge [the] mother about putting obstacles in the way of [the teenager] from taking part in something they enjoyed and which was beneficial for their wellbeing,” the report added. The teenager, who asked teachers to keep their attendance at exercise classes a secret from their mother, also missed health appointments. The review also found the child weighed more than …

Will Britons in the EU still get free NHS treatment?

They are also all entitled to a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which enables them to use state-provided emergency medical treatment if they travel to another EU country (or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, where the scheme also applies). The EHIC covers pre-existing medical conditions and routine maternity care as well. If you are a UK citizen and permanently resident in the EU, you need this card to access NHS treatment for free. There are exemptions to this though: UK pensioners living in the EU UK students in the EU (for example, doing a year abroad) “posted workers” – UK workers sent by their UK employer to work in the EU These groups don’t need an EHIC for free NHS …

Rape accuser ‘devastated’ at case being dropped

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“I did everything right, everything that you should do” A woman who says she was raped by a man she had been on a date with has told the BBC she was left “devastated” after prosecutors decided to drop her case. Annie Tisshaw says her mental health “really suffered” during the year-long investigation, and she was then told the CPS would not proceed further. A report shows the number of rape convictions in England and Wales is at its lowest level since records began. There were 1,925 convictions in 2018-19 – a 27% drop from the previous year. This was in spite of allegations of rape reaching a high of 58,000 in …

PM ‘won’t be deterred’ from Brexit on 31 October

Bercow warns PM against disobeying Brexit law 10 ways no-deal Brexit could affect you How are the UK’s talks with the EU going? Earlier this week Parliament passed a law forcing Mr Johnson to ask for an extension to Brexit. He will have to write to the EU on 19 October to ask for an extra three months, unless he returns with a deal – then approved by MPs – or gets the Commons to back a no-deal Brexit. But despite the new law, Mr Johnson said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask for an extension. The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, vowed to act with “creativity” if Mr Johnson ignored the law, saying it …

‘We stop people killing themselves’

The barber “I am quite open about my mental health and people are sometimes shocked,” says 27-year-old barber Tommie McGuckin. “They look at your Instagram and think it is all parties and unicorns but nobody’s actual life is always like that.” The prison officers Alex McClintock was minutes from taking his own life when his daughter phoned to say she loved him. “That stopped me and I’ve been trying to build things skyward ever since,” he says. The 45-year-old prison officer, who was first diagnosed with depression when he was barely out of his teens, was scrambling for something to unlock his own struggles when it arrived in the form of Andy’s Man Club. The peer-to-peer support group for men …

Ken Clarke: Five decades in Parliament

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Mr Clarke is known for his love of cigars Born on 2 July 1940 to what he describes as an “impeccably working class” family in West Bridgford, Mr Clarke went on to win the seat of Rushcliffe in 1970. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Clarke is a lifelong cricket fan and is often seen supporting Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Mr Clarke came to prominence under Margaret Thatcher’s government, where he served in several ministerial positions. He eventually became health secretary, despite his love of beer and cigars. MPs to vote again on early election motion next week Jo Johnson quits May government over Brexit Ex-Labour MP Berger joins Liberal Democrats During his …

What’s Corbyn’s thinking on Brexit?

It is felt that if the leadership campaigns during an election to remain, these potential voters will be alienated. So, best put off the decision until after the election and declare only in the event of a Labour victory and a subsequent referendum. But, you may say, won’t the mere offer of a referendum put these voters off? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionIt’s been a fairly extraordinary few days in the House of Commons Labour strategists acknowledge it will be a barrier for some. But the hope is that in “left behind” areas, voters who back Brexit won’t see it as the main issue. Instead, jobs, the health service, austerity and other issues might take precedence …

PM in new Brexit battle after Commons vote defeat

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBoris Johnson reacts to losing the key Brexit vote Boris Johnson faces a new battle in the Commons after his first vote as PM saw him lose to rebel Tories and opposition MPs who object to a no-deal Brexit. The Commons voted 328 to 301 to take control of the agenda, allowing them to bring a bill requesting a Brexit delay. The PM is to call for a general election if he is forced to request an extension to the 31 October deadline. MPs will now vote on the Brexit delay bill. If it passes, the vote on whether to hold an election will follow. But unless two thirds of MPs back …

Police ‘dealing with more mental health incidents’

Thirty-six out of 46 police forces around the UK provided the figures for 5 Live’s Freedom of Information request. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In 2018 there were 494,159 incidents flagged as mental health related – an average of 56 incidents per hour. ‘I ended up being arrested’ Emma – not her real name – is 39 and has a long-term and severe mental health condition. She told 5 Live that when she could not get the right help “the police were the only ones who couldn’t say no”. On one occasion Emma was unconscious and was found by a police helicopter. “The police saved my life when I was unwell… and I wouldn’t be here if wasn’t for …

Knife attack family ‘discriminated against’ in NI

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMichael and Marjorie Cawdery, both 83, died in a “frenzied” knife attack The family of an elderly couple killed in County Armagh by a man with severe mental health issues say they feel “discriminated against” as victims. Michael and Marjorie Cawdery, both 83, died in a “frenzied” knife attack by Thomas McEntee in their home in 2017. The Northern Ireland Victims’ Commissioner only deals with cases related to the Troubles. The Cawdreys’ daughter says it is unfair victims are treated differently in NI to other parts of the UK. In England and Wales, the victims’ commissioner has oversight of all victims of crime. Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption McEntee was sentenced to …

The former monk who runs a $100m meditation firm

He ended up spending the next 10 years as a monk, which took him all over Asia, and involved him meditating for up to 16 hours a day. He says that the meditation helped him come to terms with everything. Image copyright Headspace Image caption Headspace has a fashionable head office in Los Angeles “When I met Andy I was pretty desperate,” says Richard. “I had continuous social anxiety, and that was very challenging. I didn’t have a friendship group where I could be open with them about these pressures. “After the first session it highlighted how many thoughts I had in my head, and just how manic my life was – I found it exciting that there was a …

Fourth plinth artist’s son ‘targeted by bullies’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAlison Lapper hit out at mental health care after the death of her son Parys Artist Alison Lapper has hit out at “appalling” mental health care after revealing school bullies contributed to her son’s struggles before his death. Parys Lapper was 19 when his body was found in a Sussex hotel last month. His mother posed nude while pregnant with him for a piece of artwork which was mounted on the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2005. Ms Lapper was born with no arms and shortened legs, which she said became an issue for her son at school. She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme Parys’s mental health problems began …

Lib Dems hold off SNP to win Shetland by-election

Former Lib Dem leader to quit Holyrood Shetland – Scotland’s safest seat? Ms Wishart said she was honoured “to make a little bit of history by becoming the first female parliamentarian in Shetland” after a “roller-coaster” campaign. “Shetland has once again rejected Scottish nationalism and shown that it has not been taken in by the bullying tactics,” she said. “My work will start on Monday to get the Scottish government to take action on its empty promises for fair ferry funding, to improve nursery provision, mental health care, broadband – the key strands of my positive campaign for Shetland.” The Holyrood by-election was sparked by the resignation of Mr Scott, who quit politics in July to take a job with …

DWP criticised over dying man’s benefits refusal

Mr Smith said he had told the department his brother was dead and described the letter as “insulting”. The DWP said it was “very sorry for the distress caused” by the letter and it was “looking into this to prevent it happening again”. How does PIP work? PIP is made up of two parts: the daily living component and the mobility component, according to the charity network Citizens Advice. Each part can be paid at one of two rates, either the standard rate or the enhanced rate. During a PIP assessment, a health professional will give a claimant a score between zero and 12 on a range of activities. The rate you receive depends on the number of points you …

Time to say goodbye to fairground fish?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionShould fish still be fairground prizes? As summer in the UK comes to a close, and fairground lovers make their last visits of the holiday season, some people have been reflecting on the ethicality of the prizes on offer. For instance, when a goldfish is won, what happens next? Pet shop owner Holly Homer, from Barry, says “People see goldfish as just fish, but they are sentient beings as well.” Since 23-year-old Holly has encountered several customers in her shop “swinging fish around in a bag” demanding a tank, she has decided to launch a petition to the Welsh Assembly, calling for the ban on fairground goldfish. Although Ms Homer’s petition is …