Tuesday 15 March 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Derren Hayes and Amy Taylor

    NHS staff win ‘biggest’ equal pay deal

    Women workers at an NHS trust have won what has been described as
    the biggest equal pay award in British history.

    The award could provoke billions of pounds of claims from tens of
    thousands of other health workers.

    Unison said yesterday a settlement had been reached between 1,500
    of its women members and North Cumbria Acute NHS Trust.

    Unison said the women stood to gain back-pay of between
    £35,000 and £200,000 each.

    Source:- The Financial Times Tuesday 15 March 2005 page
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    Warning on drug arbiter’s status

    The National Institute for Clinical Excellence will be seriously
    undermined if ministers overrule it and order the NHS to continue
    to treat Alzheimer’s disease, according to leading health
    economist Alan Maynard.

    Nice has produced interim guidance based on new evidence that would
    stop the routine prescription of four drugs to treat
    Alzheimer’s disease.

    Source:- The Financial Times Tuesday 15 March 2005 page
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    Experts predict pensioners and parents will get
    sweeteners

    Parents and pensioners are likely to take centre stage tomorrow
    when Gordon Brown unveils a handful of pre-election sweeteners in
    the Budget.

    Accountants are predicting the chancellor could raise income tax
    thresholds to benefit low and middle income earners, implement
    changes to property stamp duty to aid first-time buyers and help
    for pensioners.

    Source:- The Financial Times Tuesday 15 March 2005 page
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    Working parents’ childcare dilemma

    Two-thirds of working parents rely on family members to look after
    their children because of a lack of convenient, affordable, high
    quality childcare, government research has found.

    But the same proportion would prefer to use nurseries staffed by
    professionally qualified child carers.

    Source:- The Financial Times Tuesday 15 March 2005 page
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    Salt poisoning manslaughter disputed

    A pathologist who did a post-mortem examination on a boy who died
    of sodium poisoning has said there was not enough evidence to
    convict the couple who were planning to adopt him of his
    manslaughter.

    Ian and Angela Gay were jailed for five years for the death of
    three-year-old Christian Blewitt, but Dr Peter Ackland disputed the
    evidence in a BBC interview.

    Source:- The Independent Tuesday 15 March 2005 page
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    Government to sacrifice bills

    Ministers say the drugs bill is among those likely to be abandoned
    in the run-up to the general election.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 15 March 2005 page 2

    Youth accused of rape in court

    A boy thought to be the youngest person in Britain to be accused of
    rape appeared yesterday at Bromley youth court, south-east London.
    The youth, now 14, from West Wickham, south London, is alleged to
    have attacked a girl when he was 10-years-old. He will next appear
    in court on March 21.

    Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 15 March 2005 page 6

    Care home children criticise inspections

    Inspection visits to children’s homes and boarding schools do
    not lead to any improvements, according to most young residents. A
    report on young resident’s views by Roger Morgan, who is
    based within the Social Care Institute for Inspection, found that
    most children said nothing had changed after inspections and
    demanded more unannounced inspections.

    Source: – The Guardian Tuesday 15 March 2005 page 10

    Scottish news

    Information on sex offenders to be shared

    Law enforcement, welfare and prosecution bodies in Scotland have
    signed an agreement to improve information-sharing on sex
    offenders.

    The new “national concordat” aims to better judge the risk
    offenders pose to communities.

    Source:- The Scotsman Tuesday 15 March

    Welsh newspapers

    Third of workers fear dismissal if struck with disability

    One in three workers in Wales think that they could be dismissed if
    they become disabled, according to new research from the Disability
    Rights Commission.

    The survey found that 34 per cent of non-disabled workers in Wales
    did not think that their employers would make adjustments for them
    to stay in work if they became disabled.

    Source:- Western Mail Tuesday 15 March

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