The bitter fight over abortion clinic protests - BBC Newsnight
Newsnight’s Anna Collinson investigates the battle to introduce buffer zones around UK abortion clinics. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog It is more than four years since the UK's first so-called buffer zone was set up outside an abortion clinic in the London borough of Ealing. The aim was to prevent anti-abortion campaigners approaching - and often upsetting - patients. Pro-choice campaigners had hoped buffer zones - which are legally-protected spaces - would soon become the norm. But since 2018, only two more have been created in England, and BBC Newsnight has been told women are being regularly "harassed". Anti-abortion groups deny their gatherings target women, and some say that instead they are prayer vigils meant to offer help and support. They say that rolling out buffer zones would "criminalise prayer". However, patients say gatherings can make them feel "fear", "distress" or "shame". Pro-choice campaigners say the current requirement for evidence to support the establishment of a buffer zone is too demanding. They point to an example in Bournemouth where hundreds of pieces of evidence said to demonstrate the negative impact gatherings have had outside the local clinic were submitted to the council. These included statements from women with learning difficulties, teenagers and rape victims. A buffer zone has not been enforced. This film was produced by Louis Harris-White. #Newsnight #BBCNews #BBC Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news and current affairs TV programme - with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews. Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsnight Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcnewsnight
Pregnant women ‘an afterthought’ during vaccine rollout - BBC Newsnight
Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog The scientist who investigates every maternal death in the UK has told Newsnight that pregnant women were an "afterthought" during the covid vaccine rollout, and that some of their deaths were preventable. It's a year since pregnant women were first advised to take up the jab, but SAGE’s Professor Marian Knight says life-saving messaging is still struggling to reach too many of them. Professor Knight shared data with Newsnight Correspondent Anna Collinson showing that the vast majority of covid-related pregnancy deaths were from unvaccinated mothers. A JCVI spokesperson said the Committee’s advice for pregnant women has “evolved over the course of the vaccine programme as evidence has accumulated” and would encourage any pregnant women who have not yet taken up the vaccine to come forward to do so. This film was produced by Louis Harris-White and Adam Bowen. #Newsnight #BBCNews #BBC Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news and current affairs TV programme - with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews. Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsnight Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcnewsnight
'Dangerous' tanning products promoted by influencers - BBC News
Dozens of social-media influencers are promoting banned tanning products to millions of followers, a BBC News investigation has found. It is illegal in the UK to sell nasal sprays or injectables made with "melanotan-2", an artificial hormone that can accelerate tanning. The unlicensed drug is dangerous, dermatologists say, and there is evidence the untested products may be linked to skin cancer. The Advertising Standards Agency says all influencers must act responsibly, including ensuring products and the companies they link to are not acting illegally. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #BBCNews
Lip fillers illegally offered to under-18s on social media - BBC News
It is against the law for under-18s to receive dermal fillers for cosmetic reasons in England. But some beauty practitioners are illegally offering lip fillers on social media, the BBC has found. Currently in the UK no qualifications are required to buy or inject filler, which can add volume and fill lines in areas like the lips or cheeks. Following the BBC's investigation, Facebook says it has introduced measures which will make it harder for users to search for lip treatments. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #BBCNews
Why do some women wait decades for an ADHD diagnosis? - BBC News
Gender bias is leaving many women with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) undiagnosed, leading psychologists are warning. The stereotype that ADHD affects only "naughty boys" means it is estimated tens of thousands of women in the UK are unaware they have the condition, and are not receiving the help they need. Another factor leading to slow diagnosis is the fact that symptoms of ADHD in women tend to be more subtle than in men, meaning signs can be missed. These women have shared their stories of their struggle to be diagnosed. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #ADHD #BBCNews
Anger at slow progress over women's health scandals: mesh, primodos and sodium valproate
The baroness who led a critical review into how the health service has treated female patients, says she is angry and frustrated not enough progress has been made. Baroness Cumberlege's 2020 report looked into two drugs and a medical device which caused women or their babies harm. Sodium Valproate, Primodos and pelvic mesh. A list of recommendations were made to support victims and prevent future, avoidable damage. The four UK governments are still considering the recommendations. Anna Collinson reports:
Coronavirus lockdown: Drop in the available beds for domestic abuse victims - BBC Newsnight
For those in abusive relationships, or who face violence in the house they’re isolating in, the coronavirus lockdown makes a home feel like a prison. Subscribe to our channel here: https://goo.gl/31Q53F Newsnight has learned that as domestic violence incidents have increased during the crisis there has been a fall in available places in refuges that provide help. The charity, Women's Aid, estimates the number of available places to stay has halved during the lockdown. The government says it is protecting refuge services so survivors of domestic abuse can get the support they need - including £10 million funding to ensure victims have a place to go. Anna Collinson reports. WATCH MORE OF OUR CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: https://bbc.in/2Vxe5HQ #Newsnight #Coronavirus #BBCNews Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news and current affairs TV programme - with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews. Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsnight Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcnewsnight
Coronavirus: Taxi drivers 'unprotected' during lockdown
During lockdown, taxi and private hire drivers have been regularly transporting NHS staff, key workers, patients and the vulnerable. But those within the industry say it is "unforgiveable" drivers have been allowed to work on the frontline without "adequate protection or guidance". Figures show the profession has one of the highest rates of Covid-19 deaths. Most are male, and a high proportion are from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds - two of the groups at high risk from coronavirus. Anna Collinson speaks to one driver who nearly lost his life to the virus...
Teenage Botox and lip filler ban in England
Under-18s are no longer able to get botulinum toxin injections - often known as Botox - or dermal lip fillers for cosmetic reasons in England. The new law aims to protect young people from harm after years of efforts to regulate the non-surgical beauty industry. However, while the ban provides greater protection to teenagers, adults customers are still at risk. BBC health correspondent Anna Collinson has met with one of them:
A Story of Three Health Scandals
A long-awaited review into three medical treatments has found women weren't warned about risks and when things went wrong, doctors didn’t believe them. Initially, medical professionals rejected reports of side effects linked to the oral pregnancy test Primodos, the anti-epilepsy drug Sodium Valproate and pelvic mesh repairs. However, in July 2020 the Baroness Cumberlege review detailed failings in how patients are treated by the healthcare system, spanning more than 50 years. Reporter Anna Collinson spends time with some of those affected.
MTV star 'felt pressured to have sex on screen' - BBC News
Stars of an MTV reality show felt under pressure from producers to have "lots" of sex on screen, Victoria Derbyshire programme has been told. Ex On The Beach's Jess Impiazzi said it had felt like being "in a brothel". Meanwhile, Carley Belomonte, who stars The Valleys, also on MTV, said she felt the production team should have made her undergo counselling after her mother had died. Both production companies said they took duty of care seriously. The women admitted the series had made them celebrities and led to many job opportunities. Anna Collinson reports for Victoria Derbyshire programme. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog
Mother and baby units: 'It's our job to keep them safe'
"Women may be suicidal or want to die. They may have thoughts about harming their baby. It's our job to keep them safe until they can keep themselves safe," says Debbie Sells. She manages a mother-and-baby unit in Nottingham which supports a small group of new mothers and pregnant women with serious psychological problems. Units stayed open during lockdown, enforcing strict Covid-control measures to protect an already vulnerable community, but demand fell. BBC News Anna Collinson has been granted rare access to a unit in Nottingham - filmed by Harriet Bradshaw.