News round up: Social worker nominated for Booker prize

Booker: social worker Gaynor Arnold makes longlist

A social worker from Birmingham found herself sharing the limelight with Sir Salman Rushdie and John Berger yesterday after her debut novel was nominated for one of the world’s leading fiction awards.

Gaynor Arnold, 63, was one of 13 authors to make the longlist for this year’s £50,000 Man Booker Prize.

Read more on this story in The Times

New drug Rember brings ‘unprecedented’ Alzheimer’s treatment advance

A new drug could prove at least twice as effective in treating Alzheimer’s disease as current medications and significantly slow the progression of dementia, researchers say.

The research team at the University of Aberdeen concluded that the drug, Rember, slows progression of the disease by up to 81 per cent.

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Number of elderly patients starving in NHS wards doubles to 30,000 in two years

At least 30,000 patients were left starving on NHS wards last year, despite ministers’ pledges to make proper nutrition in hospitals a priority.

Read more on this story in The Daily Mail

Police to be drafted into schools to cut violence, minister says

The schools minister, Andrew Adonis, called on police forces yesterday to permanently draft officers into schools to cut violent crime. He said constables could frisk pupils for weapons, drink and drugs and generally keep children safe.

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Patients with learning disabilities face NHS neglect, claims official inquiry

Patients with learning disabilities face discrimination, abuse and neglect in the NHS, an official inquiry found today.

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Female staff win equal pay fight

Local authorities and National Health Service trusts may face thousands of equal pay claims by low-paid female workers after a landmark ruling on Tuesday by the Court of Appeal.

Women at two separate councils in the north-east – among them cleaners and lollipop ladies – have waged a four-year battle over claims that they missed out on years of bonuses paid to male staff doing work of equivalent value.

Read more on this story in The Financial Times

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