backs call for better breast implant checks
SOUTHPORT MEP Chris Davies
is backing calls for stricter EU regulation of silicone breast
implants following the PIP scandal. French company PIP is
accused of using industrial silicone more commonly used in the
manufacture of industrial rubber tubing instead of a more expensive
medical grade silicone.
The safety certificate for the implants was issued by a private
company in Germany. Currently the EU is not allowed to perform
further inspections to make sure medical implants are safe.
Over 7,000 women in the UK received the substandard implants, many
of whom have since had them removed in a further operation.
Now MEPs will vote on regulations that would allow European
regulators to conduct spot checks to ensure that product safety
rules are being complied with.
Davies said:- "This is a sensible and proportional way forward
for ensuring the safety of medical implants. National
authorities will still be able to do their own safety checks but as
products are sold all over the EU there needs to be an assurance
that every certificate is accurate and every breast implant is fit
for purpose. The EU shouldn't just be providing support to
women who discover they have had industrial chemicals put inside
their bodies, it should be making sure products are safe in the
Royal recognition for signing
LIVERPOOL Signing Choir
will be presented with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service at a
special event at the Town Hall, on Friday, 11 October 2013.
The Choir, led by Catherine
Hegarty performed at the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony where they
gave a spellbounding performance of John Lennon's "Imagine"
together with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir.
They also had the honour and privilege of performing the National
Anthem at the opening Ceremony of the Paralympics in the presence of
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Liverpool's Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar, who played a key
role in supporting the organisation in attaining the award said:-
"I am delighted and honoured to be hosting the presentation ceremony
at the Town Hall for such a worthy group of recipients. The young
people who make up The Liverpool Signing Choir are an inspiration to
others. They captivate audiences wherever they perform whether
locally, regionally or nationally. It is great to see local
community groups being recognised for their hard work and
dedication; I hope they continue inspire audiences in the future."
The award will be presented by Her Majesty's personal representative
for the county of Merseyside, Lord Lieutenant Dame Lorna E.F.
The Liverpool Signing Choir is a unique City wide, inclusive,
diverse choir based in Liverpool. Its priority is to perform the
beauty of sign language through the universal media of music whilst
encouraging social inclusion. The young people of the choir come
from all walks of life some of whom are profoundly deaf, and range
in age from 7 to 24 year olds.
accept patient invitation to Come Dine with Me
17 volunteers have accepted
an invitation to "come dine with me" from patients at
Southport and Formby District Hospital. Denise Lawless, of
Formby, was one of the first volunteers to come forward. "I
wanted to get experience on a hospital ward because I want to go to
university to do nursing," she said.
Another volunteer Jeff Byrne, from Marshside, Southport, fits in his
volunteering around a masters course in biomedical science at Keele
University. "I want to go into medicine and I've found it
Angela Kelly, Deputy Director of Nursing, added:-
"As well as helping with eating, the dining companion can chat,
encourage patients to eat and help alleviate the boredom and
loneliness that can be experienced while staying in hospital. This
is vital support for some patients who don't receive any visitors
and may be lonely or anxious or suffering from a form of dementia or
People interested in becoming a Come Dine with Me volunteer should
contact Chris Pilkington on:- 01704 704955 or via an
email. Training for the role
is provided and volunteers must be available at meal times.
Messi, Ronaldo, Rooney, Gerrard & Baines to visit Southport on
Saturday, 19 October 2013
OKAY well maybe not in
person, but why not pop down to Southport Frag House on Saturday, 19
October 2013 and play as your favourite footballers in the Fifa 14
competition. Show of your skills on the most popular football game
in the world, claim bragging rights and win a cash prize. The
competition is open to all and starts at 2pm. For more information
contact Southport Frag House on:- 01704 546950.