Wednesday 7 July 2004

    By Clare Jerrom, Lauren Revans, Shirley Kumar and Alex
    Dobson

    NHS admin cost cuts ‘could save £1.7bn’

    Preliminary findings of the Conservatives’ review into public
    sector efficiency reveal that at least £1.7 billion could be
    saved from NHS administration costs by giving patients greater
    choice, abolishing centrally issued targets, and cutting back on
    inspection, shadow chancellor Oliver Letwin has revealed.

    The Tories claim £925 million a year could be saved by
    removing the commissioning function of primary care trusts,
    £100 million from the abolition of strategic health
    authorities, £650 million from halving the 42 arms-length
    health bodies, and £50 million from further staff cuts at
    Whitehall.

    Source:- Financial Times Wednesday 7 July page 4

    Blunkett to revive law on inciting religious hatred

    Home secretary David Blunkett is set to announce plans to create an
    offence of incitement to racial hatred – despite being forced
    to withdraw similar plans in December 2001 to save his
    anti-terrorism, crime and security bill.

    Amid fears of the growing alienation of the moderate Muslim
    community, the government is hoping to secure sufficient
    parliamentary backing to extend race hate laws to cover religion
    too on the grounds that it will improve social cohesion.

    Source:- Financial Times Wednesday 7 July page 4

    Senior CBI official to chair LDA

    Mary Reilly, chair of the CBI’s London region, has been
    appointed as chair of the London Development Agency.

    Reilly, who is also a partner on Deloitte and Touche, is the third
    person to take the helm at the troubled LDA in the last four
    years.

    Source:- Financial Times Wednesday 7 July page 4

    Schools to run themselves on cash from the State

    Successful schools will be given complete control of budgets and be
    able expand to admit more pupils, under the government’s
    five-year plan for education to be announced tomorrow.

    Local education authorities would have only a minor advisory role,
    acting as “postman” for money from central government.
    Council tax will pay no part in funding education.

    However, the move has angered local government leaders, who have
    warned that it could lead to the “dismemberment of elected
    local government”.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 7 July page 1

    Medical patrols

    Merseyside police are hoping to recruit nurses or other medical
    staff as special constables to patrol hospital wards in police
    uniform.

    The initiative, to combat crime, is believed to be the first of its
    kind.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 7 July page 8

    HIV women total half of 38 million toll

    Women now account for half of the 38 million people infected with
    HIV globally, a new United Nations Aids report reveals.

    The comprehensive study reveals that almost 5 million people
    contracted HIV last year, the largest annual rise.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 7 July page 9

    MPs attacks Blair’s plans for health and
    schools

    The prime minister suffered a backlash from MPs yesterday over his
    plans to expand choice in health and education.

    The Commons Liaison Committee repeatedly challenged Tony Blair over
    proposals to let good schools expand even if other local schools
    have empty places.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 7 July page 10

    Most voters opposed private provision

    Voters are ambivalent about the reform of public services, a new
    poll reveals.

    Although most of the electorate believes that increased choice in
    the provision of public services will improve their quality, an
    even bigger majority thinks such services should only be provided
    by the public sector.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 7 July page 10

    Trafficker may be key to torso in Thames

    A man convicted of people trafficking yesterday may be a vital link
    to the killing of an African boy whose torso was found in the river
    Thames, according to the detective leading the murder hunt
    yesterday.

    Mousa Kamara, also known as Kingsley Ojo, from Nigeria admitted two
    charges of people smuggling and using a false passport and driving
    licence at Southwark crown court.

    Police suspect he may be the man who bought the boy known as Adam
    to Britain. The boy, who was thought to be around five or
    six-years-old was found in September 2001. He had had his limbs
    removed and had been decapitated.

    Source:- The Guardian  Wednesday 7 July page 4

    Father’s smacking left baby bruised

    A father, who smacked his 13-month-old son because he would not go
    to sleep, was given a one-year conditional discharge yesterday at
    Exeter magistrates’ court.

    The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, caused three
    bruises on the baby’s thigh. He admitted smacking the child
    with excessive force and showed remorse for the “one-off
    impulsive action”.

    Source:- Daily Telegraph  Wednesday 7 July page 5

    Confess to killing Billie-Jo, wife begged husband

    The wife of the headmaster jailed for murdering his foster daughter
    begged him to confess to the killing “for the sake of the
    children”, the Court of Appeal heard yesterday.

    Lois Jenkins wrote to her husband Sion two months after he had been
    charged with battering Billie-Jo to death.

    The main part of Jenkins’ appeal against his conviction is
    that after his wife became convinced of his guilt, she lied to keep
    two of their children from the ordeal of giving evidence on his
    behalf at the trial.

    The case continues.

    Source:- Daily Telegraph  Wednesday 7 July page 9

    Paedophile to sue over ‘dull’ prison
    routine

    A rapist convicted of sex crimes against children has won legal aid
    to sue for compensation because he claims prison life is too
    boring.

    John Callison, who is serving eight years for a 10-year catalogue
    of abuse against two girls and a boy, has been given tax
    payers’ money to back his claim for £20,000
    damages.

    His claim under the Human Rights Act says he has lost self-esteem
    and suffered stress, depression, humiliation and mental anguish
    because of ‘monotonous’ prison work and having no
    fitted toilets in his cell.

    Source:- Daily Mail  Wednesday 7 July page 37

    Letwin attacked by children’s charity over call for
    closure

    Shadow chancellor Oliver Letwin was criticised by a
    children’s charity yesterday after he suggested that it was a
    quango that could be abolished as part of his plan to save
    £1.7 billion.

    Letwin listed the Children’s Play Council as an example of
    government bureaucracy that would be cut after a review by the
    business trouble shooter David James.

    The council hit back by saying it was a charity and established
    under the Tories in 1988.

    Source:- Independent  Wednesday 7 July page 18

    Common ground

    As mayor of Milwaukee, John Norquist made his name as
    America’s boldest practitioner of urban regeneration. He
    dislikes motor cars, shopping malls and suburban sprawl, and deputy
    prime minister John Prescott is one of his biggest fans.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 7 July  page 2

    Ahead for heights

    Geraldine Peacock says she plans to bring creativity to the Charity
    Commission and, as its new chair, promises she won’t be
    pushed around by ministers.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 7 July page 6

    Feeling better inside?

    The partnership between the prison authorities and the NHS to
    deliver better medical care for inmates. Jon Silverman visits a
    secure walk-in centre outside York to see how the system
    works.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 7 July  page 8

    Village People

    A three-year study by researchers at Keele University published
    this week finds that the residents of a retirement village in
    Stoke-on-Trent feel healthier, happier and younger.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 7 July page 10

    Mountain tension

    Under new EU law, vehicle manufacturers will be responsible for
    disposing of old cars from 2007. Meanwhile, as the government drags
    its feet on what happens in the interim, will the poorest people be
    forced to pay?

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 7 July  page 12

    Watching brief

    Two of three government departments have outlined their visions for
    the next five years. The Home Office is yet to spill the beans why
    the delay.

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 7 July page 14

    What else can I do?

    To reach his goal of becoming a council finance director, Richard
    needs an extra qualification. Debbie Andalo outlines jobs that also
    provide invaluable experience

    Source:- Society Guardian Wednesday 7 July page 120

    Scottish newspapers

    Fears over child carers left without support

    Many children are missing school because they are caring for
    relatives with conditions ranging from physical disabilities to a
    mental health problem.

    Research carried out for the Princess Royal Trust for Carers found
    more than 200 young carers in Perth and Kinross who were previously
    unknown to the trust’s young carers’ project. The trust
    was already in contact with 68 young carers.

    More than a quarter were missing school as a result of caring
    responsibilities and in 85 per cent of cases, the young carers and
    their families had no contact with outside support services.

    Source:- The Herald  Wednesday 7 July

    Reliance criticised: this time for failing to free an
    innocent man

    Reliance escort company was criticised yesterday for detaining an
    innocent man.

    John Wilson should have been released from the High Court in
    Glasgow yesterday after being acquitted on a charge of attempted
    murder.

    However, his solicitor Gordon Nicol and QC Herbert Kerrigan were
    forced to intervene when Reliance officers refused to release
    him.

    Source:- The Herald  Wednesday 7 July

    Executive rejects the nanny state for childcare

    The Scottish executive has ruled out a call for grandparents to
    receive formal childcare training.

    The idea emerged in a survey of parents’ attitudes to
    childcare, commissioned by the executive. But ruling out the move,
    an executive spokesperson said ministers did not want to
    “over-regulate” informal care and risk creating a nanny
    state.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 7 July

    School hit by delays in job vetting

    Massive delays in conducting safety checks has led to a recruitment
    crisis among the capitals vital children’s services.

    Social workers, school caretakers and youth group leaders have been
    forced to wait up to three months before starting a new job as a
    result of a backlog in vetting candidates.

    Source:- Evening News  Tuesday 6 July

    Man ‘cured’ of autism to give lecture

    A man who claims he was “cured” of autism is to give a
    lecture to the Capital about the disorder.

    Raun Kaufman, a United-States based international lecturer, claims
    he was cured of the syndrome and will talk at the national Museum
    of Scotland.

    Parents and professionals will be taught strategies that Kaufman
    claims can help children with special needs maximise speech and
    language development, and control tantrums and repetitive
    behaviours.

    Source:- Evening News  Tuesday 6 July

    Sun, sea, sand and fix

    Social workers have arranged for a drug addict and convicted dealer
    to take his daily dose of drugs during a Caribbean holiday.

    Recovering heroin addict John McShane, who is on a supervised
    methadone programme, has paid for a fortnight’s holiday in
    Barbados.

    Social workers have arranged a licence to let him take a two week
    supply of the drug to his holiday destination.

    Politicians and anti-drug campaigners last night criticised the
    move.

    Source:- Daily Record  Wednesday 7 July

    Welsh newspapers

    Waiting to be sent home

    A Kosovan teenager, who was fostered in Wales after fleeing his
    native country in the back of a lorry, describes his feelings of
    despair as he waits to be sent back.

    Edward Pone said he has not given up all hope of being able to stay
    in the Valleys, but expects to receive a letter from the Home
    Office telling him that he has to leave, within the next few
    weeks.

    Source:- South Wales Argus Tuesday 6 July page 1

    Fifty Welsh families sue over drug ‘sight
    loss’

    Welsh families who claim that a drug caused devastating and
    irreversible sight loss are spearheading a claim for damages in the
    High Court.

    They claim that drug manufacturers Aventis Pharma failed to inform
    them of the potential risks of using the drug vigabatrin and if
    their claim succeeds damages could amount to more than
    £100,000 per person.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 7 July page 1

    We’ll do justice to child abuse report

    Welsh assembly education minister, Jane Davidson has vowed to
    ‘do justice’ to the Clywch report on child abuse at a
    south Wales school.

    The report published last week, from the Children’s
    Commissioner for Wales, Peter Clarke detailed sexual abuse by
    former drama teacher, John Owen and made a number of
    recommendations to help protect children in the future.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 7 July page 3

     

     

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