If you live in England, a leaflet entitled "Better Information Means Better Care" should land on your doormat some time this month. It's from the NHS and announces changes to the way that health officials will handle confidential medical records. Health policy nerds may also know it as "care.data". From the spring, medical information about you that was previously only kept to help understand you as an individual – information from consultations, notes on prescriptions – will be uploaded to a central database to become one of the world's most complete health databases. Our records are being connected to make them stronger. This is, in many ways, awesome. Many medical researchers are excited at the prospect of all this data (eg work on superbugs like MRSA). And they should be. Analysis of NHS patient records first revealed the dangers of thalidomide and helped track the impact of the smoking ban. There's so much more it can do under care.data. This new era of socialised big … [Read more...] about Why you should be angry about changes to NHS patient data policy
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In China, there is a growing rank of unmarried women who are choosing to freeze their eggs overseas. These women are educated, middle class and often opt for a single life. They are the hallmarks of fast-changing Chinese society. But Chinese laws have not caught up, as the BBC's Grace Tsoi reports. The rise of "singledom" is a worldwide trend and China is no exception. China replaced its one-child policy with a universal two-child policy in 2015, but it is also witnessing the rise of a female workforce that wants to focus on their careers and postpone starting a family. An increasing number of Chinese women see egg freezing as a solution that could allow them to have it all. But the Chinese government forbids unmarried women from freezing their eggs, and there are still significant restrictions on fertility treatments. "I am not sure whether I want to have children. But I can afford the time and expense of egg freezing, so I want to give myself a choice in the future," said a … [Read more...] about Single Chinese women want to freeze their eggs and enjoy life
These are the first pictures of the police officers' son who hit and killed two pedestrians while driving his parents' Audi having smoked cannabis but avoided jail. Max Coopey, 18, hit and killed father-of-three Jason Imi, 48, and his colleague John Shackley, 61, as they were walking back from dinner in Reading last August. Coopey, who had already racked up five convictions for seven offences between the ages of 12 and 17, was ordered to carry out 100 hours' community service in January after pleading guilty to drug-driving. Thames Valley Police, who according to the Crown Prosecution Service did not consult the CPS over the case, did not prosecute Coopey for causing death by dangerous or careless driving. Magistrates at his trial barred the press from identifying Coopey until he turned 18, despite a CPS lawyer arguing it was in the public interest to do so. Max Coopey admitted drug-driving but was not prosecuted for careless or dangerous driving Jason Imi with his wife of 18 … [Read more...] about Killer driver is FINALLY unmasked: Police officers’ son, 18, who was spared jail despite ploughing into and killing two pedestrians in his parents’ Audi while high on cannabis is pictured for first time
4.31pm GMT Afternoon summary • Nadine Dorries, the Conservative MP, has been ordered to apologise to the House of Commons for failing to declare her fee for appearing on ITV's I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! programme last year. As Rowena Mason reports, Dorries did not declare her payment on the register of members' interests, claiming she did not have to because it was made to her company, Averbrook, rather than to her personally. She also refused to tell the parliamentary commissioner for standards how much she received for appearing on the reality television show, saying she had a confidentiality agreement with ITV. However, the standards committee, a cross-party group of MPs, found Dorries should never have signed such a confidentiality agreement. It also agreed with Kathryn Hudson, the independent parliamentary standards commissioner, that Dorries had breached the code through her "attitude to the commissioner's inquiries". The report reveals that at … [Read more...] about Nadine Dorries ordered to apologise over I’m A Celebrity: Politics live blog
Not yet made up your mind how to vote on Thursday? You're not alone. Three days before the election, many voters are struggling to find a party that offers what they want. This is a snapshot of the undecided voters of 2019. The BBC has commissioned an opinion research consultancy, Britain Thinks, to put together a sample of voters - representative in age, location, gender, race, class and voting history. Some common themes emerge: the NHS, Brexit, a lack of trust in politicians and money.We asked our participants to fill in a survey about themselves, their voting history - and what's stopping them from making up their minds. The answers below have been edited for clarity. Then it's over to our correspondents to tell us what the answers reveal about the voters in 2019 - and why so many of them are dissatisfied with the choice on offer. The NHS For many of our participants, such as Rob, Kate, Rachel and Leanne (left to right, below) the NHS and its future are among their top concerns. … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Why is it so hard to know who to vote for?