How I'll weed out the health tourists, by Hunt: Minister acts after Mail highlights abuse of NHS Jeremy Hunt believes non-UK residents are granted NHS numbers too easily Mr Hunt said the system was completely unacceptable He proposed anyone with a 'questionable residency' should be issued with a temporary number By James Chapman PUBLISHED: 23:28 GMT, 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:32 GMT, 19 April 2013 Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants only permanent British residents to qualify for anything other than emergency care Foreigners travelling to Britain to take advantage of our free health service will be denied treatment under radical plans for a shake-up of the system of personal NHS identification numbers. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants only permanent British residents to qualify for anything other than emergency care free of charge.
Who needs to tweet when you've got the Roy-owl MailAnimal sanctuary trained owls to deliver internal mail after budget cutsKirkleatham Owl Centre in North Yorkshire had a backlog of mailBirds trained to recognise primary colours and pick up post from trays By Nesta Vowles PUBLISHED: 23:00 GMT, 31 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:01 GMT, 1 April 2013 It is a wizard idea straight out of Harry Potter and ensures the post always wings its way out on time. Experts at an animal sanctuary have trained their owls to deliver the internal mail – just like the birds of prey do at the fictional Hogwarts School. Kirkleatham Owl Centre in North Yorkshire introduced the feathered posties after budget cuts forced it to reduce staff numbers, leaving a backlog of mail
British Gas under fire for raking in 50 profit per household just months after hiking bills… and the boss looks forward to walking away with 10m Company profits for 2012 have soared to 606million But price rises for 12million customers could come as early as next winterShadow Energy Secretary says market too dominated by 'big six' firmsCaroline Flint called for tough regulation so public don't feel 'manipulated'Campaigners say consumers feel 'resentment and dread' as bills still rise will be used to help fund a 10million package in pay, shares and pension pot for departing boss Phil Bentley, who will leave the business in June.
1.7 million embryos created for IVF have been thrown away, and just 7 per cent lead to pregnancy15 embryos made for every woman conceiving through in vitro fertilisationAlmost half are discarded during or after the process, figures have revealed3.5m embryos have been created since 1991 but 93 per cent are never used Peer said 'industrial' numbers are being wasted with 'casual indifference' | UPDATED: 07:45 GMT, 31 December 2012 Millions of human embryos created for IVF pregnancies have been thrown away unused, figures have revealed. They show that for every woman who conceives a child through in vitro fertilisation, 15 embryos are made, and almost half of them are discarded during or after the process. More than 1.7 million embryos prepared with the aim of helping women become pregnant have been thrown away since records began 21 years ago, according to the new breakdown.
Shocking 62% rise in police officers being investigated for corruption with eight out of ten accused of illegally disclosing information Anti-corruption units are facing a workload of 245 cases every month | UPDATED: 03:10 GMT, 23 December 2012 Record numbers of police officers are being investigated for corruption, a report into police integrity has found. Anti-corruption units across the country are wrestling with a workload of 245 cases every month – a rise of 62 per cent from the year before. Most of the investigations – eight out of ten – involve officers accused of illegally disclosing information to criminals and third parties
Desperate stores slash prices again as shoppers shun the high streetMany retailers make more than 40 per cent of sales and profits in the run-up to ChristmasBut they are faced with a slump in the numbers coming through their doorsThe figure is down by 5.7 per cent in out-of-town malls, 5.5 per cent in shopping centres and 2.1 per cent on the high street | UPDATED: 23:27 GMT, 19 December 2012 Desperate retailers are slashing prices as shoppers shun stores, with numbers down by up to 5 per cent compared to last year. Many retailers make more than 40 per cent of sales and profits in the run-up to Christmas, but they are faced with a slump in the numbers coming through their doors. The figure is down by 5.7 per cent in out-of-town malls, 5.5 per cent in shopping centres and 2.1 per cent on the high street, according to the British Retail Consortium.
Hundreds of GP’s surgeries ‘are too cramped and not fit for purpose’ Some found to have inadequate heating and insufficient easy-access facilities for elderly or disabled patientsKings Fund report said 'major' improvements were needed to cope with higher patient numbers | UPDATED: 07:56 GMT, 6 December 2012 Hundreds of doctors’ surgeries are too cramped and ‘not fit for purpose’, a report warns. Rooms in some are so close together that patients worry that confidential discussions can be overheard in the waiting area.
Arrogant, abusive and oh-so smug – why do so many cyclists think they’re above the law | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 2 December 2012 Part of cycling's huge boost in popularity was caused by the events of the summer, when Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France and the Olympic time trial One of the developments that I have cheered along in recent years has been the attempt to rein back the motor car in our cities and towns.
Wood you spot the meerkats Faces of three beady-eyed inquisitive creatures found in fence panel Knot formation gives impression of grinning meerkat faces | UPDATED: 16:44 GMT, 26 November 2012 Stunned Pamela Warriner, 75, had to ‘compare the meerkat’ when she saw the faces of three of the weasel-like animals engrained in her new garden fence. The knots in the grain of the wood appeared to form the beady eyes, pointy nose and grinning mouth of the inquisitive creature. And the thin cut of the wood for the fence panels meant the impression has been repeated three times over.