Hospitals full to bursting as frail patient numbers soar

NHS“Hospitals are at bursting point with admissions at record levels. A huge rise in the number of frail elderly patients going into hospital means that admissions are a third higher than a decade ago. Experts warned that ‘all bets are off’ if the tide cannot be stemmed. The warnings came as the row over ‘revolving door’ health service redundancies deepened when it emerged that ministers had guaranteed huge payouts for managers” – The Times (£)

  • Claims of cancer care cover-up at Colchester hospital – Guardian
  • This A&E crisis has nothing to do with A&E – Matthew Parris, The Times (£)
  • Spend more on GPs, Mr Hunt – The Sun Says

Pro-HS2 calculations “were essentially made up”

“Calculations used by ministers to justify the controversial £50billion high-speed rail scheme were ‘essentially made up’, a former Government adviser told Treasury watchdogs yesterday. Professor Henry Overman was one of a number of academics giving testimony to MPs which undermined the ministerial case for the 351-mile HS2 line from London to Birmingham and the North” – Daily Mail

Plebgate officer admits that 13 complaints were made about him

MITCHELL Andrew “Police officers embroiled in the Plebgate affair have refused to give unreserved apologies to Andrew Mitchell, as one admitted a string of complaints had been made against him. The two sergeants – who were harshly criticised by the Home Affairs Select Committee in a report published last weekend – told MPs they regretted making ‘inadvertent’ errors in their evidence during a previous appearance before MPs” – Daily Telegraph

  • News of the World told police Milly Dowler was hacked – Daily Telegraph

Lobbying bill paused for six weeks to allow time for rethink

“The government has agreed to pause the lobbying bill in the Lords for as long as six weeks to give ministers time to rethink plans to regulate the way charities campaign, especially during general elections. Ministers were forced into the concessions after they risked encountering a coalition in the Lords – led by crossbencher Lord Ramsbotham – which would have forced the bill into a select committee for consideration for up to three months” – Guardian

Tory MP uses political contacts to further business empire

Mark Pritchard“Mark Pritchard, the Conservative MP for The Wrekin and former secretary of the influential 1922 Committee, told an undercover reporter that he could use his ‘network’ to set up meetings with politicians in countries where he had parliamentary connections. Mr Pritchard sits on official parliamentary groups for many of those countries where, in return for payment, he was offering to broker investments and to arrange meetings with senior government figures” – Daily Telegraph

  • Pritchard denies “hurtful and malicious” claims – Guardian

Appeal to Cameron for soldier’s pension

“Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling on David Cameron to prevent a soldier from losing his job 72 hours before he qualifies for a generous pension. Sergeant Michael Anderson, 35, will lose almost £175,000 in pension payments during his lifetime because he is being forced out of the Army three days short of 18 years of service, the length of time that is needed for an immediate pension” – The Times (£)

  • BAE set to cut 1,000 jobs at Glasgow and Portsmouth shipyards – Independent

Miliband accused of “wilfully averting” his gaze from the Falkirk scandal

MILIBAND Ed red background“Ed Miliband was accused of ‘wilfully averting’ his gaze from the vote-rigging scandal engulfing his party yesterday – as he refused seven times to reopen the inquiry into the activities of the Unite union.The Labour leader came under fire amid fresh evidence of the extraordinary pressure placed on Lorraine Kane, who sparked claims of Unite attempting to fix the selection of a candidate in Falkirk” – Daily Mail

  • Miliband attacks Britain’s “Wonga economy” – Financial Times
  • Labour needs to put Ed Balls centre stage – Mary Riddell, Daily Telegraph
  • Miliband’s living wage is as naïve as his energy price freeze – Simon Jenkins, Guardian
  • Miliband asserts his authority – George Parker, Financial Times

News in brief

  • EU wasted £5.7 billion last year – The Times (£)
  • Germany summons British ambassador to explain “secret Berlin listening post” – Independent
  • Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wins well and is 2016 presidential contender – Guardian
  • New Yorkers elect first Democrat mayor for two decades – The Times (£)
  • Mayor of Toronto admits smoking crack but refuses to resign – Guardian
  • UK drug baron ordered to pay £198 million or face ten more years in jail – Independent
  • Protesters gather round the world for Million Mask March – Guardian
  • UK a great place to live and work, says OECD – Guardian
  • Four-year-old girl mauled to death by dog from animal charity – Daily Mail
  • Prince Charles guest edits Country Life – Daily Mail
  • Wonder cure for killer flu derives from pickled turnip – Daily Express

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