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Disabled mum’s anger as woman with pram uses disabled toilet

Should women with prams be using disabled toilets?

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A disabled mum has expressed her anger after seeing an ‘able-bodied’ woman with a pram using a disabled toilet. 

Posting on the Mumsnet ‘Am I Being Unreasonable’ forum, the unidentified woman explained that, when visiting an aquarium for her child’s birthday, she was forced to wait to use the disabled toilet as it was occupied by a family.

She wrote:  “As I am in a wheelchair, I have no choice in which bathroom I can use, I had to use the disabled toilet.

“I had to wait until a mother and a couple of younger kids came out of the disabled toilet which surprised me, as it looked unlikely that any of the younger kids would need nappies.

“Then I went in this was a dedicated disabled (not accessible) toilet with no baby change facilities. I do understand that the first mother might have an invisible disability, as might her children.”

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However, as she herself was using the toilet, she was interrupted ‘several times’ by someone rattling the handle, pressuring her to hurry up. When she left, there was an ‘impatient mother with a pram’ waiting to go in.

She wrote:”I told her that there was no nappy changing facilities in that toilet, assuming she wanting to change the baby. But she snapped at me that she was a mother and had to use this toilet gesturing to the pram. I felt that this second mother was just entitled and rude. Having a pram doesn’t entitle you to use a disabled toilet.”

Many people on the website were disgusted by the impatient mum’s actions, with one person writing: “Use the end toilet in the women’s bathroom, with the door open and the pram in the toilet doorway, like everyone else does.”

Another noted: “Years ago, I had 4 kids under 6yo at one stage and I never used the disability toilets, except for the baby changing ones for baby changing purposes.”

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However, some people admitted they have used facilities meant for disabled people before, with one saying: “Honestly, I agree with you. But I also think family toilets are needed. I took (my son) to an attraction today. We both needed the toilet.

“I’ve been before and the women’s cubicles are ridiculously small, but I can’t leave my 4 year old outside when it’s crowded. Took a punt on nobody needing the disabled toilet whilst we were in there and nipped in for a wee.

“I feel guilty, but not much I could do. There is no way that a pram could go into the women’s toilets at the place we were in today, so I’d imagine that a lot of people with babies use the disabled toilet too.”

The woman concluded her post by explaining that she asked the aquarium staff to consider adding a RADAR (Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation) lock to the bathroom, adding: “As this was the ONLY disabled toilet, and the baby change facilities were separate.

“To increase the likelihood of ring fencing these limited facilities for those who actually need them, rather than those people who want to use them.”

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GP reveals why ‘worst cold ever’ is affecting people across Greater Manchester at the moment

That explains a few things…

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A GP has offered an explanation as to why people across the region are experiencing what has been described as ‘the worst cold ever’.

As you’ll probably be aware, thousands of Brits have been experiencing crippling symptoms not unlike those of Covid-19, but are receiving negative PCR tests. The only other explanation? Well, it has to be some form of super cold on steroids.

Some people have been claiming that the new ‘super cold’ has left them feeling like they’ve ‘been hit by a bus’, while others have said with confidence that it is ‘the worst cold’ they’ve ever had.

So, why is the seasonal cold so bloody awful this year?

Well, a GP has offered her expertise on the matter and, as it turns out, the easing of Covid-19 restrictions could be to blame for the new illness.

Dr. Philippa Kaye told BBC Newsbeat : “We’ve actually been seeing a rise in the number of coughs and colds and viral infections. We are mixing in a way that we haven’t been mixing over the past eighteen months.”

She added that during the first lockdowns, numbers of other non-Covid infections fell as a result of social distancing measures and the restrictions on mixing with other households. 

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Dr. Kaye advised to always take a Covid-19 test when feeling unwell and, if it comes back as negative, to simply consume ‘loads of fluids and rest, over-the-counter simple painkillers for headaches and aches and pains’.

She added: “You can get lots of advice from your local pharmacist for minor coughs and colds.

“But if you become more unwell, if you cough up blood, have chest pain, if you have shortness of breath or chest tightness, then you need to seek medical advice.”

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Manchester woman called GP 673 times in one morning to be told to ‘try again tomorrow’

‘Waited further 20 minutes to speak to receptionist to be told there are no appointments left and try again tomorrow’

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A woman from Manchester recently shared her experience when trying to book a face-to-face GP appointment, saying she called over 600 times to be told to ‘try again tomorrow’.

Francine Jury, a health researcher, took to Twitter to explain how difficult it was to get an appointment via the telephone at her local GP surgery.

She wrote: “Just Dialled GP 673 times over 28 minutes to get into phone queue at position 9. Waited further 20 minutes to speak to receptionist to be told there are no appointments left and try again tomorrow #primarycare is broken. #NHS”.

Francine later followed up her tweet by explaining that her frustration wasn’t with the NHS staff themselves, but with the ‘broken’ system that manages appointments.

She wrote: “The incredible NHS primary care staff are working in a completely broken system. Needs better funding and GPs need more flexibility… GP practices know their patients and communities best and how best to serve them.

“Give them the support they need to make the system work for everyone. Founding principle of NHS- healthcare free at point of NEED, needs better support at primary care level.”

This comes just one week after Rossendale Borough Council raised concerns over the current booking systems and availability of in-person appointments since the pandemic.

Councillor Alan Neal said that patients are visiting NHS walk-in centres and accident and emergency departments as an alternative to the lengthy waiting times to see their own doctors.

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He said: “This is not a criticism of the medical profession. It is a criticism of the organisational system. A few years ago, CCGs [clinical commissioning group] were were set up across the country but, sadly, that system is not fit for purpose.”

Health secretary Sajid Javid recently urged GPs to scale down phone consultations now the height of the crisis is ‘way past’.

He told MPs last week that the government ‘intends to do a lot more’ to ensure in-person consultations go ahead, but did not reveal what specific actions ministers would take.

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Calling women ‘birds’ is ‘plainly sexist’, a judge has ruled

The woman’s boss allegedly used the phrase around her repeatedly, despite her asking him to stoo

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A UK judge has ruled that calling women ‘birds’ is ‘plainly sexist’ and to even use the term jokingly is ‘foolish’ in a landmark discrimination case.

Judge John Crosfill was ruling on the case of a Barclays investment banker who won a sex discrimination claim after her boss repeatedly referred to herself and other female employees as ‘birds’.

According to the Daily Mail, the tribunal heard how Anca Lacatus grew uncomfortable after her boss James Kinghorn continued to use the term, even after she had asked him to stop. Kinghorn defended his use of the word, however, by saying he was being ‘light-hearted’ with the term, but the tribunal ruled the term is ‘plainly sexist’.

The tribunal, based in East London, heard that Lacatus was initially reluctant to complain about her boss’s sexist language out of fear it would have been damaging to her career, but is now set to receive compensation for his treatment of her.

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In a statement, Lacatus, who worked as a £46,000-a-year analyst for Barclays in what was her first job in investment banking since graduating from university, said her boss had first referred to a female employee as a ‘bird’ in February 2018.

She said that she immediately told him off for using the phrase but he allegedly continued to say it in a deliberate effort to make her feel uncomfortable.

The tribunal heard how Kinghorn assumed Lacatus saw his use of the word ‘bird’ as light-hearted banter, and that he was joking when he told her not to report his behaviour to HR. At the tribunal, he also accepted his language had been inappropriate.

Judge John Crosfill said: ‘The use of the phrase ‘bird’ was a misplaced use of irony which inadvertently caused offence. We accept that when this was pointed out to [Mr Kinghorn], he ultimately got the message and stopped trying to be funny. We consider that it was very foolish to assume that anybody else would find this language amusing.

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“We find that it is likely that it took some time before Ms Lacatus was sufficiently blunt that the message hit home. The language is plainly sexist, whether misplaced irony or not.”

At the tribunal, Lacatus also won her claim that Barclays failed to accommodate to her request to change her working hours as a result of her endometriosis and anxiety diagnosis’, with her being expected to work past 7pm and between forty to forty-eight hours a week on average. Judge Crosfill slammed this as a ‘serious act of discrimination and one that was exceedingly thoughtless’.

She was signed off in January 2019 and was later made redundant by the bank. A hearing to decide compensation will take place at a later date.

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