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Edition No. 141

Date:- 28 February 2004

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RECENT news has shown that the battle against breast cancer in the UK is being won with a drop of nearly twenty percent in fatality rates in the last generation – but this isn’t true for ovarian cancer often termed the ‘silent killer’.

7,000 women are diagnosed with the disease each year in the UK and it is the fourth most common cancer in British women. Early detection is key to successful treatment of the disease and of those women diagnosed this year only 30 percent will be alive in five years time – the statistics speak for themselves.

WellBeing, the health research charity for women and babies, is launching its campaign in Marc with a host of celebrity supporters including supermodel Claudia Schiffer, commenting on her support she says:- “Ovarian Cancer not only affects women but entire families. Women are wives, mums, daughters and aunties. Therefore I encourage every single person in the UK – women, men and children – to wear a ribbon with pride and show your support for this important campaign.”

It is hoped the campaign will raise over £100k to support research into the genetics of the disease and raise awareness amongst UK women and their families. ‘Teal’ Ribbons – the international symbol for ovarian cancer (Australia and USA) will be sold in all Bhs stores and Fitness Fist Health clubs throughout March for £1 plus fashion retailer Phase Eight will be making a donation in aid of the campaign.

WellBeing has been at the forefront of pioneering research into ovarian cancer – for example, through funding of £1 million into the genetics of the disease at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. This funding has helped researchers set up the largest register in the world of families with several cases of ovarian cancer… and saved the lives of many women in the process. 
The charity continues to fund further research focusing on this disease throughout the UK.

Healthcare Partners achieve Pilot Scheme Approval

SOUTHPORT, Formby and West Lancashire health partners have become one of the first two pilots in the country to achieve the Improving Working Lives Practice Plus award.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, Southport and Formby Primary Care Trust and West Lancashire PCT were chosen to host a national Government pilot on a health economy basis for the IWL Practice Plus level and passed with flying colours.

It is the first time that this level has been achieved within the NHS and is a result of all three Trusts working together in partnership to meet the stringent requirements for the accolade. 

Chris Hannah, Chief Executive of Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority, said:- “This award reflects the hard work that all three Trusts have put in to achieving the necessary standards set to reach this level.

It is essential that the NHS continues to develop as an attractive prospect to potential employees and in achieving this award the Trusts have set a benchmark for other NHS organisations to follow.”

The award - which primarily aims to attract new NHS staff and retain present staff by increasing training, development and improving the working environment – was given to the Trusts for a number of reasons.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust was commended for its updated HR strategy, consistent approach to training, its invaluable Learning Resource Centre, the Job Guarantee Scheme, empowering managers to promote flexibility with staff to suit the needs of the service and the individual, improvements in communications and a good approach to partnership working.

Debbie Baxter, the Trust’s Project Leader, said:- “We are one of the first two pilots in the country to achieve this status, which is a great honour. It was a fantastic and unique experience to be able to pilot a project of this nature and pass it with flying colours.”

The three Trusts will now carry on working together to ‘share good practice’ in a number of areas including occupational health, training and development, being a ‘model employer’, child care and pension awareness.

One Big Leap for Charity

THE Giving Campaign is urging companies across Merseyside to get involved with The Big Leap; a new initiative that calls for employees to give a day away to good causes. As 2004 is a Leap Year, there is an extra day in the diary and The Giving Campaign wants to see charities benefit from it. 

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Craig Anthony Eaton Murder
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MERSEYSIDE Detectives are investigating the murder of a man in Liverpool on Wednesday 25 Febuary in the evening have released further details and appealed for the help of the public in tracing his killers. Merseyside police said:-

"Craig Anthony Eaton, aged 22, was fatally shot as he walked along Molyneux Road, Kensington, at around 11.15 pm on Tuesday 24 February.

Mr Eaton, a Care Assistant who worked at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, and lived at home in Anfield with his parents and brother, had been for a night out with a former colleague in the Kensington area. He had been upset after a young patient at the hospital had died.

He was making his way home, walking down Molyneux Road towards Shiel Road, when local residents reported hearing two gunshots, possibly three. Mr Eaton was found slumped on the pavement on Molyneux Road near to the end of Gilroy Road and Malden Road. Local people tried to give Mr Eaton first aid, and called the emergency services but he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital."

A postmortem took place on the 26 Febuary to confirm the cause of death, and a major incident room has been opened for the murder inquiry by the Force's Major Incident Team (FMIT).

The detective leading the hunt for the offenders has said that "there is no apparent motive for the shooting, and that Mr Eaton was a decent and caring young man, who might possibly be the victim of mistaken identity."

Detective Superintendent Russ Walsh said:- "Craig's family are obviously absolutely devastated at his death. It's difficult enough to deal with the death of a loved one, but to be told that your son has been murdered is heartbreaking. They are a lovely family, who like ourselves, can think of no reason why anyone would want to harm Craig."

Officers have confirmed that they need help to find out how the offender, or offenders, might have left the scene of the shooting.

Det Supt Walsh added:- "A number of witnesses have come forward to help, and we're grateful for their assistance, but we would particularly appeal for anyone who might have seen a white Renault car, possibly a Megane or Laguna, which stopped near where Craig lay, to help him. This would have been just after the time of the shooting and the car had three young men on board. They might hold vital information to help us trace how the offenders left the scene and I'd urge them to contact us.

There was also a man who was walking along Molyneux Road towards Farnworth Street, at the time of the shooting, who may also have seen the incident. We don't have a clear description of him but he may have spoken to Craig and we'd also ask him to come forward.

The local community might also be able to help us. This incident is completely out of the ordinary for the local area, which is usually a quiet street, where families have lived for many years. Someone locally might have seen something which was out of the ordinary, or seemed suspicious, and I would ask that anything like this be reported to us. You might have information which seems unimportant, but could help us catch the killer of this caring and hardworking young man."

Neighbourhood officers were out patrolling the area this week to reassure the public and conducting House-to-house inquiries

Superintendent Alan Cooper, from Liverpool North, said:- "This is a very tight knit community and people are clearly shocked by the murder, which is out of character for this normally quiet residential area. We will have an increased presence in the area over the next few days and I would urge anyone with concerns to speak to one of our Neighbourhood officers. Local people should be reassured that we will be doing all we can to track down the offenders and put them before the courts."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the Major Incident Room on 0151 777 8681.