Doctors talk as if we"re not there, say a quarter of patients while a third don"t understand what they are being told

Doctors talk as if we're not there, say a quarter of patients while a third don't understand what they are being told Annual NHS survey shows care has improved overall since last yearBut campaigners still disappointed by some of the results A fifth of patients didn't necessarily trust the doctor treating them By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 23:43 GMT, 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 05:21 GMT, 17 April 2013 One in four patients says their doctors talk over them as if they weren’t there, according to a major survey. A fifth didn’t necessarily trust the doctor treating them while a third couldn’t always understand what they were being told. One in ten said there weren’t enough nurses and one in five was not always treated with dignity

How 95 per cent of parents are stumped by sums for eight-year-olds

Are you smarter than your eight-year-old How 95% of parents are stumped by sums for their kidsOnly one in 20 can do maths intended for junior school age pupilsParents scared of confusing their children because methods have changedGovernment will reinstate tried-and-tested techniques to the curriculum By Laura Clark, Education Correspondent PUBLISHED: 01:19 GMT, 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:43 GMT, 24 January 2013 Just one in 20 parents are able to do maths intended for children aged eight to 12 amid confusion over new-fangled methods of teaching the subject. Only 5 per cent of 2,000 volunteers correctly answered ten questions which tested maths typically taught to junior school pupils. Nearly two-thirds of the parents who took part said they were reluctant to get involved with maths homework for fear of confusing their children due to new methods used to teach the subject

Police forces face growing attack over value for money and time spent on the beat

Has Government declared war on the police Forces face growing attack over value for money and time spent on the beat Recorded crime drops by at least 10% in 19/43 force areas as budgets fallMore than 20,000 officers supplementing income with extra work, up 20%Police spend eight minutes an hour on frontline duties; 12% of working dayMP Keith Vaz: Recent events have 'shaken public confidence in our police' | UPDATED: 17:22 GMT, 30 December 2012 Police forces were tonight facing a growing attack from the Government as tensions grew over their value for money following the fallout from the Andrew Mitchell ‘Plebgate’ affair. Recorded crime fell by at least a tenth in 19 of 43 force areas across England and Wales, official figures showed – while budgets went down by just under 10 per cent, reported The Sunday Times. And another investigation by the Mail on Sunday found that more than 20,000 officers and staff are moonlighting in their spare time – a figure that has soared by almost 20 per cent in a single year

Jo Swinson tells magazines not to promote "irresponsible" post-Christmas fad diets and weight loss tips

Don't write about fad diets': Women's minister tells magazines not to promote 'irresponsible' post-Christmas weight loss tips MP Jo Swinson urged magazines to ditch fad diets in new year editions In an open letter she said editors should encourage 'reasonable expectations' about weight loss | UPDATED: 10:42 GMT, 28 December 2012 Appeal: Jo Swinson co-founded the Campaign for Body Confidence Magazines have been urged to ditch New Year ‘miracle diets’ that promise to help readers shed the pounds they have piled on over the festive season. Jo Swinson, the Minister for Women and Equalities, claims such diets – which offer tips on how to lose up to a stone in a matter of days – encourage ‘dangerous’ behaviour and ‘self-hate’

Don"t write about fad diets": Women"s minister Jo Swinson tells magazines not to promote "irresponsible" post-Christmas…

Don't write about fad diets': Women's minister tells magazines not to promote 'irresponsible' post-Christmas weight loss tips MP Jo Swinson urged magazines to ditch fad diets in new year editions In an open letter she said editors should encourage 'reasonable expectations' about weight loss | UPDATED: 11:52 GMT, 27 December 2012 Appeal: Jo Swinson co-founded the Campaign for Body Confidence Magazines have been urged not to promote 'miracle diets' to people worrying about losing weight after Christmas indulgence. Minister for Women and Equalities Jo Swinson has written an open letter to women's, men's, health, celebrity and gossip magazines appealing for them to 'shed the fad diets and fitness myths' in their new year editions. She appealed to editors to drop 'irresponsible, short-term solutions' and promote ways to lose weight healthily

Christian primary school branded the "Scrooge Academy" by parents after it bans Christmas

‘Scrooge Academy’: Parents’ fury as Christian primary school bans Christmas nativity play from the timetable Oasis Academy staff believe weeks of rehearsals would be better used as lessons Primary school is desperate to improve maths and English standardsParents say their children are being unfairly punished and teachers have 'stolen' Christmas | UPDATED: 15:03 GMT, 18 December 2012 Parents have renamed a Christian primary school the 'Scrooge Academy' after it banned Christmas from the timetable. Oasis Academy has decided there will be no nativity play for its pupils because of its poor academic performance. The school in Nunsthorpe, near Grimsby, whose students are aged four to 11, says the festivities would interrupt pupil learning as it strives to improve achievements in maths and English

Pat Finucane report: David Cameron apologises for MI5"s role in murder of Ulster lawyer

PM apologises for MI5's role in murder of Ulster lawyer but wife slams report into police collusion in his murder 38-year-old was shot dead in front of his wife and children at home in 1989Report by Sir Desmond de Silva QC published today reveals the killing might not have happened without the involvement of security agenciesWidow Geraldine has repeatedly called for a full public inquiryDavid Cameron admitted there was collusion between police and loyalists responsible for the killing but only ordered a review of the case | UPDATED: 10:57 GMT, 13 December 2012 The report into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane was publsihed today. The 38-year-old was shot at his north Belfast home by loyalist paramilitaries the Ulster Defence Association in 1989 David Cameron said the Government was ‘deeply sorry’ yesterday after a report into the murder of solicitor Pat Finucane found the security services colluded with the loyalist terrorists who killed him. A review of the case by Sir Desmond de Silva, QC, found the father-of-three would probably not have been executed by the Ulster Defence Association without the encouragement of British agents.

Hundreds of teen tearaways will face military-style boot camps staffed by soldiers to teach them self-discipline

Hundreds of teen tearaways will face military-style boot camps staffed by soldiers to teach them self-discipline | UPDATED: 07:52 GMT, 7 December 2012 Unruly youngsters will be sent to ‘boot camps’ staffed by former soldiers to teach them self-discipline, ministers will announce today.

Reprimand for Judge Peter Bowers who set burglar free

Reprimand for judge who told burglar he needed 'a huge amount of courage' to steal from homes and set him freeJudge Peter Bowers faced criticism from David Cameron over his commentsThe PM said burglars were 'cowards' and their crimes were 'hateful'Serial burglar Richford Rochford burgled three houses in five daysJudge told his remarks were 'offensive' and a serious error of 'judgement' | UPDATED: 16:14 GMT, 4 December 2012 A judge who told a burglar that stealing from homes took 'a huge amount of courage' before setting him free has been formally reprimanded. Judge Peter Bowers admitted he could be pilloried for sparing Richard Rochford from prison at Teesside Crown Court when he made the comment in September.

The new police commissioners appointing their friends as deputies – on up to 68,000 a year

The thin blue gravy train: How new police commissioners are appointing their friends as deputies – on up to 68,000 a yearNew unelected jobs are being created even though police and crime commissioners (PCCs) already have offices full of staffMany have handed them to friends and political alliesUse of taxpayers’ money to put PCC's 'mates in cushy jobs' will damage public confidence, expert warns | UPDATED: 08:07 GMT, 2 December 2012 The row over the cost of Britain’s police commissioners grew last night after a Mail on Sunday investigation found that more than a dozen of them have appointed deputies on wages of up to 68,000. Just weeks after the 75 million vote that saw a record low turnout for a national election, a third of the crime chiefs are giving jobs to councillors, magistrates and former police officers to help them in their roles