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Nigeria is free of Ebola, declares WHO

Nigeria is free of Ebola, declares WHO

Nigeria is now officially free of the Ebola virus, according to a declaration by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday. The announcement comes six weeks after the last reported infection in the country. The WHO heaped praise on the [read more]

MPs call urgent Rotherham file investigation

MPs call urgent Rotherham file investigation

MPs have called an urgent investigation into the Rotherham child sex scandal files that went missing from a council researcher’s office few years ago. The demand stems amidst public fears of a “deliberate cover-up” of the scandal [read more]

Untested drugs bill for terminally-ill gets government backing

Untested drugs bill for terminally-ill gets government backing

Terminally-ill patients in Wales and England could be treated with unlicensed medicines after the proposed “untested drugs for dying” bill received a government approval. The Medical Innovation Bill, put forward by Conservative Lord [read more]

£2m sport plan announced to aid mental health by Sport England and Mind

£2m sport plan announced to aid mental health by Sport England and Mind

Sport England and Mind have announced a £2m programme using sport to improve the lives of people with mental health problems. It is hoped the scheme will help 75,000 people through the offer of assistance to join sports clubs, take up a [read more]

Thousands of people march UK streets over pay protests

Thousands of people march UK streets over pay protests

Tens of thousands of public sector workers took part in street protests through central London yesterday to highlight the need for pay to increase. Simultaneous protests took place in Glasgow and Belfast, with teachers, nurses, civil [read more]

Relatives of murdered British hostages appeal for act of “unity”

Relatives of murdered British hostages appeal for act of “unity”

The relatives of British hostages Alan Henning and David Haines, who were murdered by Islamic State (IS), have jointly launched an appeal to the public to come together in a “single act of unity”. Alan’s wife Barbara Henning and [read more]

Patients safety is top priority says nursing chief, ahead of NHS strike

Patients safety is top priority says nursing chief, ahead of NHS strike

NHS England’s nursing chief Jane Cummings has underlined the priority of patients’ safety ahead of this morning’s nationwide strike by hospital staff. Prior to strike Cummings mentioned that she trusted NHS staff to think [read more]

70% parents fear social media distracts children

70% parents fear social media distracts children

A survey commissioned by Webtrate, an internet blocking service, has found that 70% of parents fear social media is distracting their children from their studies. Of the 2,000 parents polled, 63% think it is futile to confiscate [read more]

Pakistan’s activist Malala and Indian campaigner Kailash win Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistan’s activist Malala and Indian campaigner Kailash win Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize for committing their lives to fighting for the right of all children to education. Malala survived after being shot in the head in 2012 by a [read more]

May postpones counter-terrorism review plans until next election

May postpones counter-terrorism review plans until next election

Plans to review the structure of counter-terrorism policing have been delayed by home secretary Theresa May as a direct result of security fears due to international terrorism. In a statement the Home Office said: “In light of the recent [read more]

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