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Thursday Morning Headlines
16th October 2014

Basic errors are costing NHS billions

According to the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, basic mistakes in hospitals cost the NHS up to 2.5 billion pounds a year.

He also claims that the NHS could hire more nurses if it could deliver safer care. He said,  more should be invested in improving patient care rather than ‘wasted on picking up the pieces when things go wrong’.

But, a spokesman for the Royal College of Nursing said mistakes were down to understaffed wards, causing vicious cycle of pointing fingers.


Panic search to find passengers on board plane with Ebola victim

US officials are racing to find passengers who shared a flight with a second nurse who has been diagnosed with Ebola.

29-year-old Amber Vinson was on board a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland, Ohio, to Dallas-Fort Worth on Monday, a day before she fell ill. 

This case has raised concerns over the US’ response to the Ebola outbreak, as it’s been found the nurse warned the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention that she had a fever and yet she was still allowed to fly.

She's now being treated in a hospital in Atlanta.


Labour gives first-time buyers priority

Labour has promised that first-time buyers will be given priority when communities in England "take the lead" in building new housing.

The party wants 200,000 homes to be built by 2020, and they want to give councils the powers to reserve a number for those not already on the property ladder. 

Ed Miliband described the system as "fairer". 

Meanwhile, the Tories have described the plans as "not credible".


Nation Union of Students won’t condemn ISIS

The National Union of Students has refused to condemn brutal Islamic State terrorists over claims of 'Islamophobia'.

NUS rejected a motion that asked the union to condemn Isis and support the oppositional Kurdish forces.

Malia Bouattia, the black students officer, said “We recognise that condemnation of ISIS appears to have become a justification for war and blatant Islamaphobia.”

The NUS said in a statement that some committee members felt the wording of the motion may demonise all Muslims and a new motion will be presented in the next meeting. 

The NUS say they do not support ISIS.


Cough medicines don’t work

A top doctor has claimed that cough medicines are a waste of money.

Dr Tim Ballard from the Royal College of GP's said there is little evidence to support that they actually make a difference.

He recommends using home remedies like honey and lemon instead.


The sentencing of Oscar Pistorius continues

Oscar Pistorius' sentencing hearing resumes at court this morning.

The prosecution will continue its case for the athlete to serve a jail term for shooting dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

He was found guilty of culpable homicide last month and faces up to 15 years in jail, although a suspended sentence or fine is also possible.


Yo-yo dieting makes little difference to weight loss

A study has found there is little difference in losing weight quickly or slowly.  

People that crash diet are no more likely to regain weight quickly compared to those who gradually whittle off the pounds.

But experts did warn that it's impossible’ to get all the nutrients the body needs this way.


And finally… The other Abbey Road pictures

Rare photographs of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road have emerged for sale.

The stills were rejected as possible album covers, released just months before they split up in 1969.

They were taken by a close friend of John Lennon, who balanced on a ladder in the middle of the road for the shoot.

The photos are expected to fetch as much as 70,000 pounds at auction.

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