A&E cuts will hit 23m people, British Medical Association says

A&E cuts will hit 23m people, British Medical Association says

Nearly 23 million people in England – more than 40% of the population – could be affected by proposed cuts to A&E departments, doctors are warning. The analysis of NHS plans by the British Medical Association also warned the changes were being rushed through without the evidence they will work. The proposals have been put forward by local managers seeking to make savings under the direction of NHS England. Bosses have argued services in the…

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Abortion should not be crime, says doctors' union

Abortion should not be crime, says doctors' union

Doctors have backed decriminalising abortion, as momentum gathers to overhaul the 1967 Abortion Act. Currently women in England and Wales have to prove to a doctor that carrying on with the pregnancy is detrimental to health or wellbeing to get permission for a termination. Without permission, abortion is a criminal offence. But medics at the British Medical Association’s annual conference voted to scrap that rule. ‘Complex and sensitive’ The organisation wants abortion to be treated…

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London fire: Sadiq Khan says tragedy caused by years of neglect

London fire: Sadiq Khan says tragedy caused by years of neglect

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Grenfell Tower fire was a “preventable accident” caused by “years of neglect” by the local council and successive governments, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said. After attending a service for victims, Mr Khan said the fire was a national disaster requiring a national response. Kensington and Chelsea Council’s leader said officials had been working “around the clock” since the fire on Wednesday. The government says all…

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Iguana snake chase was not faked, BBC says

Iguana snake chase was not faked, BBC says

Media playback is unsupported on your device The BBC has denied claims award-winning series Planet Earth II faked a nail-biting scene showing a baby iguana being chased by racer snakes. Reports on Wednesday suggested more than one iguana was actually filmed, with scenes then stitched together. But the BBC has said only one animal was chased by the snakes – with other iguanas only filmed for close-ups. The scene quickly went viral when it was…

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'Too early' to predict golden generation, says boss of England's U20 World Cup winners

'Too early' to predict golden generation, says boss of England's U20 World Cup winners

Paul Simpson praised his England team after they won the Under-20 World Cup, but said it was “too early” to call them the next golden generation. England beat Venezuela 1-0 in Sunday’s final, to win the country’s biggest international title since 1966. It was England’s first appearance in the final of a global tournament since their World Cup victory 51 years ago. “We don’t need anymore songs talking about 50 years of hurt,” said Simpson,…

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Adam West an amazing talent, says Batman co-star Burt Ward

Adam West an amazing talent, says Batman co-star Burt Ward

Actor Burt Ward, who played Robin alongside Adam West’s Batman in the hit 1960s TV series, has paid tribute to his co-star who has died aged 88. Ward, 71, told the BBC that the two had enjoyed “an amazing friendship”, describing the actor as “a lot of fun”. He said they had played the Dynamic Duo “on multiple levels” to please the show’s varied audience. West died in Los Angeles on Friday after a short…

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Public sector employees 'more anxious', charity says

Public sector employees 'more anxious', charity says

Public sector staff are more likely to feel anxious at work and take sick days for their mental health than those in the private sector, research suggests. The charity Mind asked 12,000 UK employees about their mental health. It found 48% in the public sector took time off for their well-being, compared with 32% in the private sector. Paul Farmer, Mind’s chief executive, called on organisations to combat a “culture of fear and silence in…

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Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel is Ferrari's number one

Lewis Hamilton says Sebastian Vettel is Ferrari's number one

Lewis Hamilton says he is convinced Ferrari have designated Sebastian Vettel as their number one driver. Vettel won the Monaco Grand Prix after Ferrari’s pit-stop strategy helped him beat team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton said: “It’s very clear Ferrari have chosen their number one driver and are pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximise his points. “It is very hard for the leading car to get jumped unless the team decide to favour the other…

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