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Issue:- SATURDAY 11 July 2015

CLA backs call for new powers to tackle litter

Farmer Robert Campbell, whose farmland near Stokesley, North Yorkshire is regularly targeted by fly-tippers.

THE CLA in the North is backing calls for councils to be given new powers to tackle the rising problem of roadside rubbish. The Local Government Association (LGA) is now calling for a legal loophole to be closed, so that car owners can be fined if rubbish is thrown from their vehicle, regardless of whether it was them or a passenger throwing it. The CLA, which represents thousands of farmers, landowners, and rural businesses in the North, is supporting the move because rubbish dumped on to the side of roads can find its way into nearby fields used for growing crops or to graze livestock.

CLA North regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said:- "Any type of rubbish, no matter how big or small, dumped on to the side of roads can easily find its way into nearby fields used for growing crops or to graze livestock. Rubbish is ending up in crops, jeopardising farmers’ contracts. A famer in the south east recently lost a £16,000 contract because fragments of glass from a discarded bottle were found in a one kilo grain sample. Livestock can also chew and ingest rubbish found on grazing pastures, leading to the slow, agonising death of the animals."

Miss Fairburn said that while she welcomed tougher penalties for those caught dropping litter or throwing it from their car windows, the public needed to realise the consequences of dropping litter. "It might seem like a victimless act, but throwing rubbish from a car window or dumping it on a verge could lead to a major problem for a farmer and the food they grow or the animals they care for."

Last year the CLA welcomed new guidelines from the Sentencing Council, which said it wanted magistrates to make more use of the highest levels of fines for people caught fly tipping. The CLA is also lobbying government to create a new ticketing scheme that would enable landowners to take fly tipped rubbish to their local tip free of charge.

Doctors' kidney injury project wins national award

Left to right, Dr Andrew Falzon, Mr Rahul Mistry and editor of Health Service Journal Alastair McLellan at the Patient Safety Congress and Awards in Birmingham

2 doctors have won a national patient safety prize for their work preventing kidney injury in older people. Dr Andrew Falzon, a Foundation Year 1 doctor, and Consultant Urological Surgeon Mr Rahul Mistry, won the:- 'Patient Safety in Care of Older People Award' with their projects:- "Breaking AKI" and "Ur-ine-volved" at the Patient Safety Congress and Awards held in Birmingham on Monday. 

Acute kidney injury (AKI) occurs when there is sudden damage to the kidneys. This will cause a reduction in their function which can be temporary or permanent if not identified early. It particularly affects people over 65, but also those with long term medical conditions such as heart failure and diabetes. 

Experts estimate AKI is responsible for 1 in 5 emergency admissions to hospital and up to 100,000 hospital deaths of which nearly a quarter could be prevented. 

Dr Falzon and Mr Mistry who are both doctors at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, developed a 3 pronged approach that:-

Educates and involves patients.
Promotes early recognition of symptoms.
Helps with the management of AKI in hospital.

"By empowering patients through education, patients can assess their own hydration status through their urine colour and quantity as well as identify any symptoms that should be brought to the attention of a medical professional," said Dr Falzon.

Mr Mistry added:- "As doctors, we're always telling patients to drink more but it's less straight forward to advise how much.  The tools we have developed include information sheets which allow self directed patient education. We are both delighted the work has been recognised at these prestigious awards."

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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