Eight Birmingham patients denied liver transplants because they could not convince doctors they would stop boozing after the life-saving surgery later died, shock figures have revealed.
In the last five years, 12 patients with alcohol-induced liver disease at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust were turned down for a new organ as they could not show that they would abstain from alcohol once they left hospital.
Now eight of those patients – two of which were in their 30s – have since died, according to the figures obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request.
Lonely hearts working on computers at a North council have racked up more than 14,000 hits on dating websites in six months.
Staff at Sunderland City Council made the hits on Match.com, Plenty of Fish and OKCupid from staff computers between January and July this year.
According to the data, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, there were 14,635 hits to the three sites.
The Council said personal use of the internet was permitted providing it took place in an employee’s own time.
Figures released from Police Scotland showed officers investigated 55 cases during 2013 and more than 300 in six years.
The figures, covering the Glasgow area from 2008 to 2013, showed an average of 55 cases each year, and exactly 55 in 2013.
Of the 2013 cases, 36 resulted in court cases and 19 were unresolved. No details of the cases have been revealed but a Scottish SPCA spokeswoman confirmed that one of the most recent to reach court involved a bearded dragon with its tail hacked off by a knife.