Thursday 6 January 2005

    By Clare Jerrom, Amy Taylor and Derren Hayes

    Three arrested over new Damilola DNA evidence

    Three teenagers were arrested yesterday in connection with the
    murder of Damilola Taylor, who was killed more than four years
    ago.

    The three were arrested in November 2000 but released without
    charge. However they have been arrested again after what police
    described as a series of “significant” breakthroughs
    including DNA evidence.

    Source:- The Times  Thursday 6 January page 2

    First random drugs test at state school

    A comprehensive school in Kent became the first to administer
    random drug tests to pupils.

    Ten students were given mouth swabs yesterday as they arrived at
    The Abbey School in Faversham for the start of the new school
    term.

    Source:- The Times  Thursday 6 January page 14

    Life gets harder for the very early babies

    Almost half the babies born early suffer from physical or learning
    disabilities by the age of six, according to a study published in
    the New England Journal of Medicine.

    The research indicates that 46 per cent of children born between 20
    and 25 weeks gestation suffered from moderate to severe learning
    disabilities including blindness, deafness and low
    intelligence.

    Source:- The Times  Thursday 6 January page 24

    Mentally ill man killed friends

    A 25-year-old man was detained indefinitely at Rampton hospital
    yesterday after he slashed the throat of a friend and stabbed
    another to death at his home in October 2003.

    Sean Crone, a paranoid schizophrenic, admitted manslaughter by
    reason of diminished responsibility at Sheffield Crown Court.

    Source:- The Times  Thursday 6 January page 31

    Home visits from matron for long-term sick

    Health secretary John Reid yesterday announced that by March 2007,
    3,000 community matrons will be employed by the NHS to care for
    people with long term health problems in their own homes.

    Source:- Daily Mail  Thursday 6 January page 15

    NHS rethinks elderly care plan

    The prime minister’s former health policy adviser appeared
    yesterday to have missed out on the NHS contracts he was expected
    to bring to his NHS employer.

    Simon Stevens left Downing Street in May to become vice president
    of United Health, a corporation based in Minneapolis, that has
    pioneered a new way of keeping the most vulnerable older people out
    of hospital by giving them extra care at home.

    A month later, the government pledged to adopt this model
    throughout England, but yesterday health secretary John Reid said
    his plan for improving care for people with chronic medical
    conditions would not require US involvement.

    Source:- The Guardian  Thursday 6 January page 10

    Tory pledge of child tax credits

    Shadow work and pensions secretary David Willetts will today
    promise that a Tory government would allows hundreds of families on
    low-incomes to keep excessive child tax credits paid by the
    Treasury.

    He will also vow to reduce the number of people living on less than
    60 per cent of median income.

    Source:- The Guardian  Thursday 6 January page 12

    Drugs companies in pledge to reveal more trials data

    Pharmaceutical companies across the world will pledge to publish
    more data obtained from clinical trials of their drugs today.

    The move aims to prevent the creation of legislation requiring them
    to do so.

    The information will be published on the internet. The scheme is
    voluntary but drug companies will be under heavy pressure to take
    part.

    Source:- Financial Times Thursday 6 January

    Scottish news

    Plan B to avert huge rises in council tax

    The Scottish executive is reconsidering its level of funding for
    councils over the next three years because of fears the existing
    settlement will result in service cuts or double digit council tax
    rises over the next few years.

    Source:- The Herald Thursday 6 January

    More pensioners die after leaving hospital

    The number of Scottish older people dying after being discharged
    from hospital is rising, new government figures reveal. Since 1999,
    the number of over-65s who died within 28 days of leaving medical
    wards has risen by more than 200, raising concerns that pressure to
    free up hospital beds is leading to patients being sent home before
    they are ready.

    Source:- The Herald Thursday 6 January

    Jack calls summit on bigots

    First minister Jack McConnell has called a summit next month to
    tackle sectarianism in Scotland. He has also called leaders of the
    Celtic and Rangers supporters’ associations to a meeting ahead of
    Sunday’s Old Firm Scottish Cup clash in a bid to prevent
    trouble.

    Source:- The Daily Record Thursday 6 January

    Welsh newspapers

    Accused GP: More exhumations

    Post-mortem examinations took place yesterday on the exhumed bodies
    of two men believed to have been patients of a GP accused of
    murdering another of his patients.

    Dr Howard Martin is awaiting trial for the murder of 74-year-old
    Harry Gittins who died in January 2004. Martin, of Penmaenmawr
    Gwynedd, has denied the killing.

    A third body is also due to be exhumed.

    Source:- Western Mail Thursday 6 January page 12

     

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