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NHS planning for no-deal Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images “Extensive” planning is under way to prepare the health service for a no-deal Brexit scenario, the NHS England chief executive says. Simon Stevens said immediate planning was taking place around the supply of medicines and equipment. “Nobody’s pretending this is a desirable situation, but if that’s where we get to it […]

Azaan Kaleem: Luton stab victim’s mum praises blood donors

Image copyright Roseann Taylor Image caption Azaan Kaleem, 18, was found with stab wounds on Hartsfield Road, Luton, on 22 March A mother said she was able to “say goodbye” to her son, who was stabbed to death, because of blood donors. Azaan Kaleem, 18, was found hurt on Hartsfield Road, Luton, on 22 March […]

Brexit Chequers summit will yield ‘clear direction’, minister says

Image copyright JEFF OVERS/BBC A cabinet minister says he is “confident” his colleagues will settle their differences over Brexit at a crunch summit at Chequers on Friday. James Brokenshire said there were “strong views” on both sides but predicted the away-day would yield a “clear direction” from the UK. Ministers are under increasing pressure to […]

George the Poet searched by police after gig

George the Poet searched by police after gig

Image copyright Getty Images George the Poet says police strip-searched him for no reason after a gig. “They handcuffed me and said they needed to search my car for weapons,” he said. “They were being very rude, putting hands on me. It’s an outrage this is what’s delegated to us as young black men,” added […]

Winter Hill: Moorland fires declared major incident

Media captionThe Winter Hill blaze has spread over Lancashire moorland A major incident has been declared after two “rapidly developing and aggressive” moorland fires merged. Greater Manchester Police said blazes on Winter Hill and Scout Road near Bolton have combined as a result of increasing wind speed. The force told pedestrians and motorists to stay […]

Govia Thameslink ‘could lose franchise’ over rail chaos

Image copyright PA Rail operator Govia Thameslink faces being told it will be stripped of its franchises unless performance on its services in the South East of England rapidly improves, the BBC understands. Passengers on its Thameslink and Great Northern trains have faced more than a month of disruption following the introduction of new timetables […]

Mix-and-match holidaymakers get more protection

Image copyright Getty Images Holidaymakers who book hotels and flights separately will get the same protection as those buying package holidays under new EU rules that have now come into force. Package holidaymakers are both financially and legally covered if things go wrong. But those who book different elements of their holiday separately have been […]

‘Livid’ Michael Gove rips up EU customs partnership report

Image copyright REUTERS/Simon Dawson Image caption Brexiteer Michael Gove objects to the customs partnership favoured by Theresa May Environment Secretary Michael Gove physically ripped up a report on Theresa May’s preferred option for a new customs partnership with the EU. He was said to have been “livid” as he felt the government document downplayed his […]

Leeds crash: Horsforth collision leaves four men dead

Image caption The four men, aged 18, 19, 19, and 21, died at the scene Four young men died and a teenage girl was left critically ill in a collision involving a car and a taxi in the early hours. The four men, aged 18, 19, 19, and 21, died at the scene on the […]

NHS England to stop ‘ineffective’ treatments

Image copyright Science Photo Library Tonsils removal, breast reductions and snoring surgery will be offered to far fewer patients from next year, under plans being drawn up by NHS England. Officials are to discuss proposals to stop or reduce 17 routine procedures deemed to be “ineffective or risky”. The treatment will be offered only if […]