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North Yorkshire firearms licensing decision a breach of statutory duty, says BASC

North Yorkshire Police’s decision to halt all firearm and shotgun certificate grants has been described by the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), as “a clear breach of their statutory duty”. In correspondence with North Yorkshire MPs, BASC has asked that the force is scrutinised and that they resume… Read more »

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Jersey Assembly to discuss proposed right to die law

Jersey’s States Assembly will meet today to discuss proposals from the Citizens’ Jury to change the law for adult islanders with terminal or incurable conditions who have a clear and settled wish to end their lives. Channel Islands Humanists, part of Humanists UK, campaigns to legalise assisted dying for both the terminally ill and incurably suffering. It has… Read more »

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Nice approves use of Herceptin in early stage breast cancer sufferers
Watchdog approves breast cancer drug

Thousands of women will have access to a life-saving new drug on the NHS after the health watchdog today approved Herceptin for use against early stage breast cancer. The decision comes after a long-running battle between patients and primary care trusts (PCT) across the country, to tackle what was described as a “postcode lottery” in… Read more »

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Patricia Hewitt admits NHS deficits of £512 million
Hewitt admits NHS debts of £512m

NHS trusts overspent by £1.28 billion last year, but savings in some areas meant the total deficit across the health service was £512 million, Patricia Hewitt has announced. The unaudited figure is less than the £620 million predicted in December last year, but almost double the £216 million deficit last year – despite record investment… Read more »