Health and Education

The UK’s shortage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is leaving women suicidal, the chair of the parliamentary group that specialises in menopause has warned. Labour MP Carolyn Harris said the HRT shortage has been caused by the government’s failure to predict and respond to surging demand triggered by increased awareness about the menopause. Women have been left “exhausted, frustrated, confused and...
Nadhim Zahawi

Nadhim Zahawi rejects calls to ban slapping in England

The Education Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, has dismissed last night's calls by England's Children's Commissioner to outlaw slapping and smacking, saying parents must be trusted to know how to discipline their children.  He added that there was "nothing wrong with...

Antiviral Covid drugs hailed as ‘cutting-edge’ by NHS in short supply

With daily coronavirus infection rates as high as ever, the positive tones uttered by the NHS on the effectiveness of antiviral treatments should indeed be good news. Patients have...

Ockenden report -maternity failures lead to more than 200 baby deaths

The Ockenden report on maternity services at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust is damning. Nearly 300 babies died or were born brain-damaged and over a dozen mothers died...

Proposed reforms to student loan scheme criticised

The government has announced its response to last year's Augur review. The review proposes 53 measures and changes to the UK's current post-18 education and funding system. The government...
Self-isolation to be scrapped

Self-isolation to come to an end in England Downing Street has announced

From the end of next week in England, people who test positive for coronavirus will no longer have to self-isolate, Downing Street has said. Next week, the Prime Minister will unveil his "living with...

Javid tells NHS to ‘urgently secure’ private care for patients and strikes deal with...

The NHS has been instructed to “urgently secure” private resources for patients whose treatment has been delayed by the pandemic. Staff shortages and rising numbers of Covid patients has seen a growing number of hospital...

Rayner accuses Johnson of ‘corruption, plain and simple’ over Downing Street flat refurb

Angela Rayner has accused the prime minister of “corruption, plain and simple” and said Boris Johnson has “questions to answer” over allegations of cash-for-access to ministers relating to the Downing Street flat refurbishment. The latest...

Air purifiers in every classroom in England would cost half the price of new...

Schools in England could fit air purifiers in every classroom – “which scientists and campaigners say would significantly reduce the spread of Covid” – for less than half the cost of the new royal...

Christmas Eve immigration change for care workers is ‘sneaky admission of govt failure’ says...

The government’s Christmas Eve announcement that it will relax immigration rules for care workers - to bolster a sector double hit by the pandemic and Brexit and left struggling to keep and attract staff...