People who eat doughnuts for breakfast should be charged for prescriptions, says Tory MP

People who eat doughnuts for breakfast should be charged for prescriptions, says Tory MP GP Philip Lee warns the soaring cost of 'lifestyle' diseases like obesity could bankrupt the NHS | UPDATED: 22:46 GMT, 26 November 2012 People who eat doughnuts for breakfast should pay for prescriptions if they develop diabetes, a Tory MP said yesterday. Phillip Lee, who is also a practising GP, warned the soaring cost of obesity and other lifestyle diseases will bankrupt the NHS unless people take more responsibility for their own health. Calling for charges to be brought in, the MP for Bracknell said: ‘If you want to have doughnuts for breakfast, fine, but there is a cost implication.

Top marks! Ofsted hails turnaround at school that outlawed mobile phones

Top marks! Ofsted hails turnaround at schools that outlawed mobile phonesPupils are forbidden from making calls, texting or using online messagingStaff at the boys’ school say the difference in behaviour has been ‘dramatic’Chief inspector of schools calls for mobiles to be barred from classrooms | UPDATED: 22:59 GMT, 26 November 2012 A school has been hailed for improving discipline and cracking down on bullying – by banning mobile phones.

Ministers order an inquiry into the care pathway payments that saw hospitals receive millions to implement controversial system

Ministers order an inquiry into the care pathway payments that saw hospitals receive millions to implement controversial systemSeveral cases have been reported where patients have been put on Liverpool Care Pathway without their family's knowledge Care minister Norman Lamb called the number of cases 'unacceptable'Liverpool Care Pathway through to be a part in 130,000 deaths of hospital patients every year | UPDATED: 22:59 GMT, 26 November 2012 Inquiry: Care minister Normal Lamb said the number of cases was 'unacceptable' Ministers yesterday ordered an independent inquiry into why hospitals have been paid to hit targets for numbers of patients dying on the Liverpool Care Pathway. The new investigation will examine how hospitals have received tens of millions of pounds to implement the controversial system for care of the dying.

The Splitting Sixties: Finally free of financial ties, more and more older couples are breaking up

The Splitting Sixties: Finally free of financial ties, more and more older couples are breaking up | UPDATED: 23:19 GMT, 26 November 2012 /11/26/article-0-01541E6D000004B0-592_634x441.jpg” width=”634″ height=”441″ alt=”A recent survey found a third of sixtysomethings believed their finances were in the best order they had ever been, compared with only 23 per cent of those in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s” class=”blkBorder” /> A recent survey found a third of sixtysomethings believed their finances were in the best order they had ever been, compared with only 23 per cent of those in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s More than 11,500 over-60s were granted a divorce in 2009 – a leap of 4 per cent in two years.

UK floods: More than 200,000 households in high risk flood areas to become "uninsurable"

More than 200,000 households in high risk flood areas to become 'uninsurable' as funding talks between Government and industry failDeal allowing homes in high flood risk areas to be insured expires next yearInsurance firms want Government 'overdraft' to help fund claims during extreme flooding but have so far failed to reach an agreement Association of British Insurers warns negotiations reached 'crisis point' | UPDATED: 23:22 GMT, 26 November 2012 Two hundred thousand homes at high risk of flooding could be left without insurance cover because of a row between the Government and insurers.

Scrap law on "insulting words and behaviour" that censors free speech, MPs urge

Scrap law on 'insulting words and behaviour' that censors free speech, MPs urgeLaw has 'disproportionate impact on freedom of expression’, say MPs and peers | UPDATED: 23:25 GMT, 26 November 2012 Controversial legislation that criminalises ‘insulting’ words and behaviour should be scrapped, MPs and peers urged yesterday. The law – which has been used to arrest a Christian preacher, a critic of Scientology and a student who made a joke – has a ‘disproportionate impact on freedom of expression’, the Joint Committee on Human Rights said. In a report, it recommended that ministers accept an amendment which would remove the ‘insulting’ offence from the Public Order Act.

Canadian boss for Bank of England: City stunned as Osborne snubs tainted British candidates to hire first ever foreign governor

Canadian boss for Bank of England: City stunned as Osborne snubs tainted British candidates to hire first ever foreign governor Governor of the Bank of Canada to cross the Atlantic to take charge at Threadneedle Street next yearChancellor George Osborne makes surprise announcement in a statement to the Commons Accepting the job, the 47-year-old says he is 'honoured' to take over at a 'critical time' for the British economyTotal pay and perks package expected to be 624,000-a-year | UPDATED: 23:38 GMT, 26 November 2012 George Osborne yesterday named a Canadian as the next governor of the Bank of England – the first overseas appointment to Britain’s most prestigious financial post. In a move which stunned City observers, Mark Carney, who runs the Bank of Canada and once worked for Goldman Sachs, will take over from Sir Mervyn King at the end of next June.

11-year-old Abigail Lightbown dies from brain tumour after parents mistook symptoms for eating disorder

Girl, 11, dies of brain cancer after parents feared she was battling an eating disorder and making herself sick to look like ‘stick thin celebrities’ Cancer discovered after seven month battle during which she lost 4kgShe endured two rounds of chemo but never gave up hopeMan Utd and Coronation Street stars paid her hospital visits | UPDATED: 23:40 GMT, 26 November 2012 Brave: Abigail, who died on November 10, never complained about her illness and refused to give up hope that her condition would improve When nine-year-old Abigail Lightbown lost more than half a stone after months of being sick every morning, her parents feared she was starving herself to look like body-conscious celebrities. It was six months after the family GP diagnosed an eating disorder that they discovered the truth was much worse

Living near a busy road may double the risk of autism, researchers warn

Living near a busy road may double the risk of autism, researchers warn Exposure to air pollution in the womb or during the first year of life was linked to a dramatic increase chances of having the disorderChildren from homes with the highest traffic pollution levels were three times more at risk | UPDATED: 23:40 GMT, 26 November 2012 Living near a busy road could double the risk of childhood autism, warn scientists. They found exposure to air pollution in the womb or during the first year of life was linked to a dramatic increase in a child’s chances of having the disorder

"Met police officer compared black men to chimpanzees and told colleague they lived in mud huts during racist banter on patrol"

'Racist Met police officer compared black men to chimpanzees and said they lived in mud huts' PC Kevin Hughes allegedly directed racist comments at members of the public while on patrol Fellow PC David Hair 'asked black colleague if she was going home to cook bananas'Officers were suspended in April following complaints from other PCs | UPDATED: 23:56 GMT, 26 November 2012 A police officer told colleagues ‘all black people look like monkeys’, a court heard yesterday.