Listeria deaths prompt NHS food review

“Staff, patients and families deserve so much better – our NHS should be at the forefront of supporting people to make healthy choices. “I have instructed the NHS to conduct a root and branch review of hospital food.” Listeria patient ‘lucky to be alive’ Patients die in sandwich listeria outbreak The latest announcement from PHE takes the number of confirmed cases from six to nine. The first case showed symptoms on April 25 and sandwiches and salads were withdrawn on May 25, as soon as a link with the cases was suspected. Last week PHE confirmed two patients from Manchester Royal Infirmary and one at Aintree Hospital had died. The Good Food Chain – which supplied 43 NHS trusts across …

‘I always feared Id go mad, and when I had my son I did’

Image copyright Jen Wight The first time she went into hospital she was there for nine months. I would go and visit her in the psychiatric ward at Homerton Hospital, but a combination of the very strong medication she was on and the illness itself had completely taken her personality away. My beautiful, kind, loving, creative sister was gone. So on 15 March 1993, three years to the day since Jo had been sectioned, I spent the whole day in bed crying at my student house in Brighton, waiting for it to happen to me. I was 18, as Jo had been, and I felt so sad. The funny thing is, I’m a rational person – I was doing a …

Football fans could help break flight record

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSome fans have had to take to the road to get to Madrid There could be a record-breaking number of flights using British skies on one day as English football fans fly to Madrid for the Champions League final. Around 9,000 flights are predicted on Friday, which would exceed the previous record of 8,854 set on 25 May 2018. Air traffic controller Nats said there would be a surge in chartered flights and private jets ahead of Saturday’s clash between Tottenham and Liverpool. Greenpeace said it showed Uefa was not taking climate change seriously. As they begin their journeys to Madrid, fans have been posting their progress on social media. Report End …

Queen welcomes President Trump to palace

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTrump shakes the Queen’s hand US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have met the Queen on the first day of their state visit to the UK. The pair went to Buckingham Palace for a private lunch and welcome ceremony. Mr and Mrs Trump laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown warrior in Westminster Abbey and are due to attend a state banquet this evening. Minutes before arriving in the UK, Mr Trump criticised the Mayor of London, with whom he has clashed in the past. He tweeted that Sadiq Khan – who had earlier said the UK should “not roll out the red carpet” for Mr Trump …

Record number of flights in UK airspace

Many airlines ‘don’t allow’ CO2 offsetting How to reduce your carbon footprint when you fly – BBC News Climate change ‘may curb growth in flying’ EasyJet defends Champions League price rises The UK’s busiest airspace is over south-east England, where four of the country’s five main airports are. Nats’ head of service performance, Wendy Howard-Allen, said demand for air travel was “increasing all the time”. “We’ve been planning for this busy summer period for a number of months – preparing for the worst and hoping for the best,” she said. “With many events coinciding at the end of May and in early June, it’s important to realise the impact this will have on air traffic.”

Labour unveils National Grid takeover plan

Labour also set out plans to put solar panels on nearly two million homes. Its proposals are contained in a document entitled Bringing Energy Home, due to be presented on Thursday by leader Jeremy Corbyn and Rebecca Long Bailey, shadow energy secretary. Installing solar plans on social homes and those with low-incomes is part of Labour’s plan to “usher in a Green Industrial Revolution in housing, transport and industry – creating over 400,000 jobs and tackling climate change”. Image copyright SSE However, Dan Neidle, a partner at law firm Clifford Chance, told the BBC that Labour’s nationalisation plans could contravene international law, because of suggestions that it would not necessarily pay stock market value to buy back the assets. He …

Why blend? Exploring the art and science of blending

Humans are the blending species, says philosopher of the senses Barry Smith, but what makes some blends work when others don’t? What does the skill of a good blender consist in? And is blending an art or a science? Whether your favourite drink is tea or coffee, champagne or Scotch whisky, you may be surprised to learn that what you’re drinking is probably a blend. Whisky lovers often prize single malt whiskies more highly than the blended Scotch that combines them, but even single malts will be mostly blends of spirits from different casks. The urge to blend, it seems, is everywhere, and it is also a distinctly human act. We alone go in for these repeated experiments of combining …

Compulsory vaccination ‘not being ruled out’

And in England, the proportion of children receiving both doses of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) jab by their fifth birthday has fallen over the last four years to 87.2%. This is below the 95% said by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be the level necessary to protect a population from a disease. The UK was declared free of the highly contagious measles disease for the first time by the WHO in 2017. But in 2018, it experienced small outbreaks, and in March this year there was a sharp increase of cases across Greater Manchester. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC investigated in 2018 why there’s been a measles outbreak in Europe ‘The science …

British bluebells ‘have genetic advantage’

“The greater fertility of the native British bluebell coupled with the huge numbers of individuals that exist in the wild means that it’s got considerable resilience against any threat from these introduced plants,” said Prof Pete Hollingsworth, director of science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). The British bluebell is one of the nation’s best-loved plants, with 50% of the world’s population found in the UK. What is a bluebell? The native bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, also goes by the name common bluebell, wood bell, fairy flower and wild hyacinth. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Spanish (left) and British bluebells (right) Spanish bluebells have broad leaves, pale blue conical-bell flowers, with spreading and open tips, and flowers are found …