Toys R Us Canada president resigns after 2 decades with retailer

Toys “R” Us Canada’s president resigned from the top post after more than two decades with the company.A spokesperson says Melanie Teed-Murch tendered her resignation to accept a new opportunity, which has not been disclosed.The company, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment, did not say when the resignation takes effect or whether it has appointed an interim president.Teed-Murch started her career with the toy seller as a store manager in Kitchener, Ont., in 1996 before working her way up to the top post in Sept. 2016.She oversaw the company during a tumultuous time as its American and U.K. counterparts liquidated stores, and the Canadian business sought creditor protection.Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. eventually purchased the Canadian operation for $300 million and Teed-Murch embarked on a media offensive to reassure customers that the retailer remained open for business.The Canadian Press read more

Big rise in patients falling victim to NHS surgical mistakes

first_imgHealth campaigners have blamed inadequate staffing and pressure in the NHS for a rise in the number of hospital attendances caused by “mistakes” during medical care.Between 2005 and 2015, the number of attendances by patients caused by an “unintentional cut, puncture, perforation or haemorrhage during surgical and medical care” rose from 2,193 to 6,082.Peter Walsh, of the charity Action Against Medical Accidents, said that more complex procedures and better reporting of incidents could also partly explain the rise.”I suspect inadequate staffing and increased pressure at work are also factors,” he told the Daily Mail. Mr Walsh said some surgeons were concerned that their training was not as thorough as it once was.He added: “Of course it is a known risk of surgery that these things happen, but that doesn’t make it OK and much of the time they are really bad errors that are perfectly avoidable.”One of the most common mistakes we hear of during laparoscopic surgery is perforation of the bowel. This is very, very serious and can be fatal if not repaired very quickly.”He also said the the increase was worrying and called for an investigation into its cause.The figures are released annually by NHS Digital. They include patients whose unintentional cut, puncture, perforation or haemorrhage was at a private hospital and who had later been cared for by the NHS.They also include readmissions for ongoing complications related to the damage sustained.In 2014/2015 the NHS carried out 1.6 million more operations compared to 2009/2010. NHS mistakes can lead to human suffering and tragedyDepartment of Health spokesman A Department of Health spokesman said: “NHS mistakes can lead to human suffering and tragedy.”That’s why this government has focused relentlessly on driving up standards through a safer, seven-day NHS, with extra support for staff to speak out honestly when things go wrong, and a tough new watchdog to probe patient incidents – the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more