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Clinical negligence liabilities overshadow public finances MDU warns

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) says it is extremely worrying that the amount of money earmarked to cover the total cost of clinical negligence claims (including both including IBNR and PPOs) against the NHS in England has risen to £128.6 billion. This is an increase on the previous year’s figure of £85.2 billion and the… Read more »

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Tory policy group moots scrapping school catchment areas
Scrapping catchment areas ‘would help poor’

Catchment areas should be scrapped to give poorer children a chance to go to better schools, a Conservative policy group has proposed. It warned that by only allowing pupils to attend local schools, problems in poor areas were made worse and the ‘cycle of deprivation’ was repeated across generations. “If you’re living on a rather… Read more »

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Schools will be able to install metal detectors in fight against knife crime
Metal detectors introduced in schools

Schools will be able to install metal detectors to scan pupils for knives under tough new security measures announced today. Education secretary Alan Johnson said schools could introduce “arch” metal detectors, which students walk through, and “wand” detectors which are held close to the body. The announcement comes just a week after ministers proposed new… Read more »