New global meltdown fear as 56 billion US cuts kick in

New global meltdown fear as 56 billion US cuts kick in Multi-billion-dollar spending cuts will particularly hit the US military Pentagon will absorb half of the cost of cuts required before SeptemberInternational Monetary Fund warns the measures could spark a new global economic crisis By Sharon Churcher PUBLISHED: 01:47 GMT, 3 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:47 GMT, 3 March 2013 Barack Obama yesterday set in motion a multi-billion-dollar spending cuts programme that will particularly hit the US military after failing to reach a compromise with his Republican opponents. The cuts – described by the US President as ‘dumb’ – are designed to whittle away America’s $16.6 trillion debt. However, the International Monetary Fund has warned the measures could spark a new global economic crisis

BBC "must release emails that helped stars avoid tax": MPs put pressure on corporation

BBC 'must release emails that helped stars avoid tax': MPs put pressure on corporation Corporation refuses request from MPs to see correspondence between BBC tax advisers and staffDecision not to publish is further damaging trust in BBC, politicians sayEmails are linked to stars paid via service companies, a set-up that could allow them to avoid tax and national insurance BBC Trust says auditors have looked at emails and found nothing suspicious By Paul Revoir PUBLISHED: 11:20 GMT, 2 January 2013 | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 3 January 2013 Under fire: BBC Trust finance chief Anthony Fry has rejected a request to hand the emails to MPs and has not read them himself The BBC is facing pressure from MPs to publish emails that could show the broadcaster gave the opportunity to two of its performers to avoid tax.

Patients" lives in danger due to desperate staff shortages at privately-run out of hours GP services

VERY URGENT, PLEASE HELP! Texts reveal the desperate staff shortages at privately-run out-of-hours GP services putting patients' lives in danger Doctors claim that Harmoni, the largest private provider of urgent care services in England, is so short-staffed that it is regularly unsafeInvestigation uncovered desperate texts, begging staff to come to work Company also alleged to have manipulated its performance data, masking delays in seeing patients and other missed targetsAnd fears that a seven-week old baby may have died due to desperate staff shortages and protocols not being followed | UPDATED: 13:31 GMT, 18 December 2012 Patients' lives are repeatedly being put at risk by out-of-hours care provided by a private company, senior doctors have claimed Patients' lives are repeatedly being put at risk by out-of-hours care provided by a private company, senior doctors have claimed.

NHS paid 6million to five doctors over three years for providing "top-up" services to just one trust

NHS paid 6million to five doctors over three years for providing 'top-up' services to just one trust The extra contracts for healthcare services like asthma and baby clinics mean they benefit from commercial salaries on top of their normal payTwo of the GPS also employed their wives to help with their work, with one spouse earning more than 600,000 | UPDATED: 19:27 GMT, 2 December 2012 Dr Vijay Bathla, pictured in 2002, was paid 809,053 during 2007 to 2010 thanks to a system which encourages GPs to compete with private companies by selling 'top-up' services to the NHS A new report examining GP pay at the Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust (HoB) from 2007 to 2010 has revealed that the NHS paid five GPs almost 6million over the three-year period, according to The Sunday Mercury.