David Cameron on Wednesday abandoned plans to make Parliament supreme over European courts as ministers admitted the proposals were “unworkable” with Britain in the EU. In a row that overshadowed the Queen’s Speech, the Prime Minister was accused by Iain Duncan Smith, a former Cabinet minister, of “jettisoning” domestic priorities because of his “helter skelter” attempt to win the upcoming EU referendum.
Doctors must be banned from prescribing antibiotics without test results proving they are needed, the country’s superbugs tsar demands today. Delivering the findings of a two-year review of the global antibiotic resistance crisis, Lord Jim O’Neill warned that superbugs will kill more people than cancer by 2050. He accused doctors of doling out antibiotics ‘like sweets’ and called for severe curbs to control their use.
An agreement to end the bitter dispute between junior doctors and the Government has been reached, with both sides claiming significant concessions. Both the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and the British Medical Association hailed the deal, which was reached after 10 days of intensive talks facilitated by Acas negotiators. Mr Hunt said it would deliver “important changes” for junior doctors while securing the Government’s goal of improving weekend services in hospitals. Dr Johann Malawana, the BMA’s junior doctor chair, said it was a “a good deal for junior doctors”.
Junior doctors’ leaders and Jeremy Hunt have unveiled a deal they hope will end their long-running dispute which has sparked eight days of strike action across the NHS. The health secretary and the British Medical Association both welcomed the compromise, thrashed out over the last 10 days in talks overseen by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).
The end of the bitter junior doctors’ dispute is in sight after a breakthrough deal. A provisional agreement between the BMA and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the new contracts was brokered today after talks at the conciliation service Acas. But it will have to be put to ballot of junior doctors for approval. No further action will take place until the vote has taken place.
JUNIOR doctors reached a deal with the government yesterday to end their dispute over a new contract following lengthy negotiations. Arbitration service Acas announced that an agreement had been reached after 10 days of talks aimed at preventing a summer of strikes. However, the deal on the contract for junior doctors across England must be approved by British Medical Association (BMA) members in a ballot.
Months of furious deadlock over new junior doctors’ contracts have ended with a deal agreed between their union and the Government. The significant breakthrough has been reached after 10 days of intensive talks, mediated by the arbitration service ACAS. Junior doctors in England still need to vote on the changes but no more industrial action will be called in the meantime. The medics have carried out a number of one and two-day strikes this year in their bitter row with ministers, including the first full walkout last month, when they withdrew emergency care.
GROWING resistance to infection-busting drugs must be treated as an “economic and security threat” to avoid ten million extra deaths a year, a major review says. Overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals has weakened their ability to tackle both infections and a new breed of superbugs. A global action plan published today says failing to solve the problem will result in ten million additional annual deaths by 2050 and cost more than £66trillion in lost output.
In a detailed review of the 2015/16 financial year, the influential King’s Fund think-tank found 67% of NHS trusts ended the year on deficit – including 86% of acute hospitals. Some 65% of NHS trust finance directors thought patient care had got worse over the last year, as did 54% of finance heads from clinical commissioning groups, which look after a large chunk of the NHS budget and manage local services. More than half of finance directors expect their trust to end the next financial year in deficit, too, and are “very pessimistic”, the report said.
A record number of women aged 35 or over had abortions last year, with nearly 700 terminations carried out for women older than 44. Figures from the Department for Health also showed that around a third of all abortions in England and Wales last year were repeat procedures, with over 1,000 women having a fourth termination. The abortion rate for women aged 35 and over went up from 6.8 per 1,000 women in 2005 to 7.8 in 2015, while the total number of terminations for all age groups rose to 191,014, a 0.7 per cent compared to 2014.
EU rules are forcing Britain to disclose top secret intelligence to terror suspects – or let them walk into the UK unhindered. The explosive revelation on the threat to our national security, confirmed by court papers, is made today by Justice Minister Dominic Raab. He also warns how thousands of criminals and suspected fanatics who could otherwise be turned away are being allowed to waltz through the UK’s porous borders, owing to Brussels rules on free movement.
With the in-out referendum only five weeks off, the total exploiting free movement rules hit 2.2million. More than half are from Eastern Europe. Foreign-born workers now hold one in six jobs – 5.2million in a labour force of 31.5million, according to the Office for National Statistics. They accounted for four fifths of the 413,000 increase in employment in the year to March. The sharpest rise was among countries from the 14 ‘old’ EU states such as Spain, Italy and Greece. Their numbers increased by 177,000 – or 22 per cent – as they fled stagnant eurozone economies. Brexit campaigners said the figures showed Britain could regain control of its borders only by quitting the EU.
Rent bills are likely to fall if Britain exits the EU and property will become more affordable to first-time buyers, according to the bodies that represent the UK’s estate agents and landlords. The National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and the Association of Residential Letting Agents (Arla) said that Brexit would cut levels of immigration and depress future price rises, leaving the average UK house worth £2,300 less in 2018, and £7,500 less in London.
TRADE unions have slammed the “myth” that Britain’s membership of the European Union boosts workers’ rights. The RMT, Aslef and the bakers’ union BFAWU last night issued a joint statement explaining why they back Brexit. They attacked David Cameron’s deal to reform Britain’s role in the EU, saying he secured “only very minor changes”. The 28-member bloc “acts overwhelmingly in the interests of big business” instead of ordinary Britons, they added.
A FORMER NATO commander believes the UK could be engaged in a nuclear war with Russia in 2017. Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff, an ex-British army general, believes the conflict in Crimea destroyed any chance of a harmonious relationship with Putin’s Russia. He has warned Brits: “Be under no illusion whatsoever – Russian use of nuclear weapons is hardwired in Moscow’s military strategy.” It comes just days after the Kremlin revealed it is working on “Satan 2” – a nuclear weapon so powerful it could obliterate an entire nation.