News round-up: More than half of 13-year-olds have drunk alcohol

    More than half of 13-year-olds have drunk alcohol

    Most of Britain’s 13-year-olds have drunk alcohol, marking a worrying “tipping point” for underage drinking, the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, warned yesterday as she promised to step up enforcement action.

    Read more on this story in The Guardian today

    ‘Alarming’ juryless inquests plan

    Government plans to give the Home Secretary new powers to order sensitive inquests to be held without a jury have been branded “seriously alarming” by an influential parliamentary committee.

    Read more on this story in The Guardian today

    Man accused of raping girl after fleeing secure hospital

    A major investigation was under way yesterday after a man was accused of escaping from a secure mental health unit and raping a schoolgirl.

    Read more on this story in The Guardian today

    New centre honours Stephen Lawrence

    A couple of miles from the spot where her son was brutally murdered 15 years ago, Doreen Lawrence will today witness the opening of a £10m architecture centre in his honour.

    Read more on this story in The Guardian today

    NHS closes its doors to foreign doctors

    Doctors from India, South Africa and other Commonwealth countries are to be barred from the NHS in an attempt to preserve health service jobs for British graduates.

    Read more on this story in The Times today

    Teenage fathers’ babies at risk

    Children of teenage fathers are more likely to be born prematurely or to die young, new research has suggested.

    Read more on this story in The Times today

    Return home of the ‘boomerang kids’ stretches parents to limit

    The swelling ranks of boomerang kids, who return to their parents’ home in adulthood and remain there into their 20s or even 30s, are putting enormous strain on family relations, according to a leading charity.

    Read more on this story in The Times today

    Patients face a long wait for hearing aid

    Patients with hearing and balance disorders can wait years to be seen by an appropriate specialist, a report from the Royal College of Physicians says.

    Read more on this story in The Times today

    4,000 NHS computer cards ‘missing’

    More than 4,000 NHS smartcards providing computer access to confidential medical records have been lost or stolen, with 1,400 going missing in the past year.

    Read more on this story in The Times today

    ‘Nerve bypass’ offers spinal injury hope

    A radical new procedure is offering hope to thousands of paralysed people to be able to regain the use of their limbs.

    Read more on this story in The Daily Telegraph today

    Vending machines to give teenagers condoms

    Free condoms and pregnancy testing kits are to be dispensed from interactive vending machines in chemists as part of a contraception drive.

    Read more on this story in The Daily Telegraph today

    New Deal jobs cost taxpayers £1,000 each

    One of the Government’s flagship employment schemes is costing the taxpayer more than £1,000 for each person it finds work for, MPs have warned.

    Read more on this story in The Daily Telegraph today

    Jailed: The man who helped his wife flee abroad as social workers threatened to take their baby

    A father is in jail and his wife is in hiding abroad with her children after he helped them flee the country to escape social services, it emerged yesterday.

    Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

    Thousands of gypsy children brought to Britain to work as pickpockets, warns MP

    As many as 2,000 children of Roma gypsies have been trafficked into the UK to be schooled in the art of street crime by modern-day Fagins, the Government was warned today.

    Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

    Tougher reviews for London grants unveiled

    The London Development Agency is introducing a new monitoring regime as it battles to overcome allegations it inappropriately awarded millions of pounds in grants.

    Read more on this story in The Financial Times today

    Private healthcare study ‘suppressed’

    The Department of Health has suppressed evidence that axed programmes to buy £750m of private sector care a year for NHS patients had earlier been showing “very good value for money”.

    Read more on this story in The Financial Times today




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