Thursday 5 May 2004

    By Amy Taylor, Alex Dobson and Clare Jerrom

    Parents of missing baby released

    An alleged paedophile and this Thai wife who were imprisoned for
    refusing to tell the High Court the whereabouts of their newborn
    baby were set free yesterday. Andrew and Sakunna Milton, from
    Wellington, Somerset, told the court their baby was living in
    Thailand.

    Source:- The Independent, Thursday, 5 August, page 18


    Children aged 12 may get free condoms

    Children as young as 12 could be given “credit cards”
    entitling them to free condoms under a scheme to curb teenage
    pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

    The scheme is being introduced by Calderdale Primary Care Trust in
    Halifax, West Yorkshire. Young people will be able to get their
    condoms from family planning clinics linked to the PCT.

    Source:- The Times, Thursday, 5 August, page 2

    NHS patients want more say in their treatment

    Patients feel that they don’t have enough say in the
    treatment they receive from the National Health Service, according
    to new research.

    Five national patient surveys published yesterday by the Healthcare
    Commission covered adult inpatients, young inpatients, primary care
    trusts, mental health services and ambulance trusts.

    The research found that three quarters of mental health patients
    rated the service as good or better but the mental health charity
    Mind said that this did not match what patients had told
    them.

    Source:- The Times, Thursday, 5 August, page 9

    Under-16s to get morning-after pill over the
    counters

    Girls aged under-16 could soon have access to the morning after
    pill over the counter  high street  chemists.

    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has said that Department of
    Health guidance issued last week which said girls under 16 should
    have access to confidential advice on contraception or having an
    abortion without their parent’s consent could also apply to
    getting emergency contraception over the counter.

    Source:- The Independent, Thursday, 5 August, page 2

    Scottish newspapers

    Teenager launches test case over bullying

    A teenager is trying to sue her local council for £20,000 in a
    case that could force every school to change the way they tackle
    bullying.

    Natalie King has issued a writ against Aberdeen Council demanding
    compensation for the psychological damage she allegedly suffered at
    the hand of school bullies.

    The15-year-old’s lawyer believes hundreds of people will
    follow suit.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 5 August

    Traders demand action on beggars

    Traders demanded action to tackle the “repellent”
    beggars in an affluent area of the city.

    Shopkeepers in Bruntsfield are calling on the Scottish executive to
    introduce powers to deal with beggars following a series of
    incidents caused by individuals over the past six months.

    They claim the group have openly been injecting drugs, fighting
    each other and setting fire to rubbish in the street. The executive
    said existing legislation was adequate for dealing with the
    problems and said the issue was a matter for Lothian and Borders
    police.

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 4 August

    £1.3m police teams drive to blitz thugs

    Edinburgh Council has set up two new teams of council-funded police
    officers to tackle anti-social behaviour problems.

    The 12 officers have started operating in the Broomhouse, North
    Sighthill and Leith areas of the city. The council is creating six
    teams in total in a £1.3 million initiative. The first teams
    were launched in Craigmillar and North Edinburgh last autumn.

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 4 August

    Catalogue can be home help

    An equipment catalogue has been launched to help people with
    disabilities in the capital.

    ‘Equipment for use at Home’ is a catalogue of free home
    adaptations and equipment.

    The service is being run by Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian and
    will be available to anyone in Edinburgh who requires something on
    a daily basis to help them with their disability.

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 4  August

    Scots boy still held in adult jail

    A 15-year-old boy is being held on a rape charge in a Cypriot adult
    jail.

    The boy from Motherwell has been held in an adult prison since his
    arrest on July 20th.

    He was moved from the prison’s main wing to a minimum
    security section where he no longer mixed with adult serious
    offenders after concerns over his treatment were raised by human
    rights groups.

    The teenager’s father was waiting to hear last night if his
    son would be moved to a supervised apartment in Nicosia until his
    next court appearance in October.

    The boy, who denied the charge, was arrested during a family
    holiday to Protaras. He is alleged to have raped a 15-year-old girl
    during a night out.

    Source:- The Herald  Thursday 5 August

    Make my day Jay

    The real mother of Big Brother contestant Jason Cowan last night
    pleaded with him to get in touch when he leaves the house.
    Jane Astrauskas is desperate to meet her son to tell him the truth
    behind his adoption.

    Jane gave birth to Jason when she was 15-years-old and two years
    later, social services took him from her.

    Jane hopes her son will agree to meet her when the series ends
    tomorrow.

    Source:- Daily Record  Thursday 5 August page 1

    Welsh newspapers

    Increasing use of stop and search riling Welsh
    Muslims

    Welsh Muslims have spoken of the difficulties they encounter
    while living under a cloud of suspicion as a result of the fear of
    terrorism.

    They say that the increasing use of stop and search powers by the
    police is making their daily life intolerable.

    Source Western Mail Thursday 5 August page 1

    Morale lowest for NHS specialist doctors

    Morale in the health service is lowest among a key group of
    doctors who regularly work in excess of the new European limits,
    according to new research.

    The survey from the British Medical Association shows that one in
    five staff and associate specialist doctors are considering
    retiring in the next five years.

    Source: Western Mail Thursday 5 August page 6

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