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RIGHTLY, Birmingham Children's Hospital is treasured by the people of this city.

They recognise the fantastic treatment the hospital provides for sick and injured youngsters and the wonderful support it offers to families.

They know that its staff have hearts of gold, offering patients and relatives boundless compassion, respect and understanding.

As part of the local community, the Birmingham Mail shares that view. l And we congratulate everyone at the hospital on the giant strides forward that have been made since it came in for heavy criticism from the Care Quality Commission for serious shortcomings a year ago.

But it is worrying to learn that still up to 50 sick kids a month are still being turned away because of shortages of beds and operating theatre space.

That simply is not good enough and must be put right.

No hospital should leave patients waiting unnecessarily, but that is doubly important when the patients are children.

We are confident that this is an issue that will be put right. Soon.

THE police and football authorities have worked long and hard to crack down on the hooliganism that blighted these shores and which in the bad old days spread to foreign climes, too.

And, with the World Cup starting tomorrow and England starting their campaign a day later, there can be no question of easing up.

Which is why it was good to see police swooping on the homes of known hooligans to prevent them travelling to South Africa.

There is no place in football for those who tarnish the beautiful game's name.

And there is no place abroad for those who tarnish this country's reputation.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jun 10, 2010
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