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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says his party would axe formal tests for English primary schools, known as Sats. He claimed they left many children in tears or made them vomit with stress and said scrapping the tests would be one of the first acts of any Labour government. The pledge was met with cheers from teachers being addressed by Corbyn at...
NHS Brexit

NHS to offer patients DNA tests to predict illnesses

The NHS is to offer patients in England a ‘gene testing’ service that will predict their chances of developing a range of illnesses. They will be charged for the gene sequencing service and be expected to share their data anonymously with scientists afterwards. The gene health report will forecast their chances of developing conditions such as Alzheimer’s and cancer. Health Secretary Matt...

Unions to blame for rail fare rises, says Transport Secretary

Rail unions are to blame for spiralling fares due to their excessive pay demands, the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said today. As commuters were hit by a 3.1 per cent...

Review of UK railways will look at nationalisation

The future re-nationalisation of Britain’s railways cannot be ruled out, says the man leading a review into the future of the industry. Former British Airways chief executive Keith Williams says...

Stop the cuts or we face collapse, council leaders warn

Council leaders from across the country have called for an emergency injection of cash to avoid a financial crisis caused by years of austerity cuts. Almost 80 Labour council leaders...
Brexit

Rudd tangles with UN inspector over austerity findings

The new Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd walked into a row over poverty with a United Nations expert within days of taking up her post. She had criticised a report by UN expert Philip Alston that blamed Government austerity policies for inflicting “misery” on thousands of UK citizens. Mr Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights,...
NHS Brexit

Hospital axes chemotherapy due to shortage of nurses

Chemotherapy treatment is to be scrapped at one of the country’s largest health trusts because of a shortage of cancer nurses. The measure takes effect next week at King George Hospital’s specialist cancer unit the Cedar Centre in Ilford, Essex. Managers say they were left with no other choice after four cancer nurses at the unit left and two more went...
Police

Police should be arresting more criminals, says senior officer

Police should make arresting violent criminals and thieves a top priority and stop devoting resources to logging incidents such as hate crimes, a Chief Constable has said. Former Thames Valley boss Sara Thornton said forces are too hard-pressed to spend time on issues such as hate crime and allegations against dead people. Ms Thornton is chair of the National Police Chiefs...
Police cuts

Government could be sued by police over new round of cuts

The Government is facing court action by England and Wales police chiefs over plans to impose more cuts to the service. They have told ministers that plans to make forces fund a £420m pension deficit is a cut too far and they will challenge it in the High Court, according to The Guardian. Forces have already been subject to overall budget...
Fertility treatment

Couples wrongly denied IVF treatment on NHS

Fertility treatment is being denied to couples by the NHS in parts of England in direct contravention of national guidelines, according to a campaign group. Grounds for refusal include the man being too old or overweight, one of the partners having a child from a previous relationship or the woman’s hormones not being at a certain level. Campaign group Fertility Fairness...