Teenager insists on her right to die with dignity
A terminally ill teenager has won a legal battle against a hospital’s attempt to force her to have a life-saving heart transplant against her will.
Hannah Jones, 13, decided against the surgery, saying she wanted to die with dignity surrounded by family and friends. But her local hospital, Hereford hospital, instigated high court proceedings to remove her, temporarily, from her parents custody to allow the transplant.
Health officials have since abandoned the proceedings, but the teenager, from Marden, Herefordshire, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia at five, was forced to plead her case to a child protection officer from her hospital bed.
Pass rates soar after head teacher suspends 478 pupils in a year
A head teacher who suspended the equivalent of a quarter her pupils in one year has seen exam pass rates increase by 65 per cent.
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Tories offer £2,500 tax break to firms who hire the jobless
Conservatives today offered companies a £2,500 National Insurance break for every new worker they take on who has been on the dole for more than three months.
Tory leader David Cameron said that the £2.5 billion scheme would pay for itself by reducing the future cost of unemployment.
Under the scheme, a company would be excused from making National Insurance contributions for each employee hired off the jobless register.
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