A&E waiting times “at their worst for 10 years”: Think-tank says four-hour queues are on the rise

A&E waiting times 'at their worst for 10 years': Think-tank says four-hour queues are on the rise The report was compiled by the health think-tank The King’s FundIt also included a poll of 48 NHS finance directors A third said quality of care had deteriorated over the past 12 months By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 00:36 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 07:40 GMT, 14 February 2013 The number of patients made to wait four hours or longer in A&E has reached its highest level for a decade, a report claims. For the last three months of last year, the figure was 232,000 – an increase of 38 per cent over the previous quarter. Experts said the proportion of patients waiting more than four hours to be seen was the highest since 2003.

"Very bright" schoolgirl, 14, who "hated being a teenager" and was anxious over exams hanged herself in her bedroom

'Very bright' schoolgirl, 14, who 'hated being a teenager' and was anxious over exams hanged herself in her bedroomCourtney Gwynn was an 'anxious' but bright girl, terrified of poor gradesIn the days before her death, she had Googled the phrase 'failing at school' Sister tells inquest, in Cornwall, he was concerned 'about the state of the world' and 'hated being a teenager in this decade' She was also worried about spending the 'rest of her life in debt'Mother says she was 'bright and creative' but compared herself to othersMother: 'I absolutely did not see this coming – we are in shock' | UPDATED: 18:24 GMT, 14 December 2012 Tragic: Courtney Gwynn, who wanted to become an actress, was an 'anxious' but bright girl who was terrified she would get poor grades A tormented 14-year-old schoolgirl, who 'hated being a teenager' killed herself because she was scared of failing at school, an inquest heard today.

MoD set to axe hundreds more soldiers under "hugely damaging" plans to cut away to just 82,000, claim MPs

MoD set to axe hundreds more soldiers under 'hugely damaging' plans to cut army to just 82,000, claim MPs The Ministry of Defence is considered cutting hundreds of full-time soldiers, Tory MPs claimThe regular Army has already reduced to its weakest strength since before the Napoleonic WarsNumbers are proposed to shrink to 82,000 soldiers by 2015 | UPDATED: 22:30 GMT, 8 December 2012 Hundreds more full-time soldiers are to go under controversial proposals being considered by the Ministry of Defence, two Tory MPs claimed last night. The regular Army has already been reduced to its weakest strength since before the Napoleonic Wars under cuts announced earlier this year, with proposals to shrink its size to 82,000 soldiers by 2015. Now MPs Patrick Mercer and John Baron – both former Army officers – predict that economic pressures make further reductions inevitable in 2016 and 2017