A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “In the face of record numbers heading to A&E, we have seen 1,000 more hospital beds made available this winter, and provided £240 million to local government to help reduce delayed transfers of care and free up NHS beds. … [Read more...] about Worst A&E trolley crisis on record last year with 850,000 waiting four hours
Airline 3 hour delay compensation
On 27 December I used the Vueling website to book two flights from Barcelona to Lyon, departing two days later. I received a confirmation email as usual, but when I went to look at the seat selection, the flight appeared to be quite full and it looked as if my wife, our infant and I would be unable to sit together. … [Read more...] about Why was our Vueling flight booking cancelled at check-in?
The disproportionate downsizing of the EU’s aid budget is a breach of faith. The proposed cuts to EU aid will leave a critical shortfall that could unravel the progress made so far and could have potentially disastrous consequences on the ability to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, especially in Africa. It would undoubtedly also impact negatively on the role of Europe as a global player. … [Read more...] about EU leaders reach historic budget deal – as it happened
We felt we could use communication to provide the extra stimulus. It sent a message there was going to be stimulus for a set amount of time, so that people could plan and put in place if they were going to buy a house or renovate. They had time to act on this. Everybody knew about this commitment in Canada. And it had an effect. … [Read more...] about Eurozone crisis live: Incoming governor Mark Carney signals Bank shakeup
Dalton’s early years coincided with a decisive shift for the Conservatives. In order to secure victory in the leadership race, Cameron promised to remove Tory MEPs from the European People’s party (EPP) – the main centre-right bloc, the political family of Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy. What seemed like an obscure point of party administration had fateful consequences. The most immediate was that the Conservatives had to create their own MEP group, or risk seeing their influence and access to European funds wither away – and so the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group was born. The Tories joined forces with Polish nationalists and a ragbag of fringe parties, a few with dubious far-right pasts. Some Tory grandees complained Cameron was making a terrible mistake in appeasing the Eurosceptic right. … [Read more...] about Britain’s sitting MEPs on their long goodbye: ‘People say, “You’re still here!”’