On the front page: “Notable change in political rhetoric”
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NHS staff across the UK are facing a ‘growing tide of abuse’, including assaults on patients, which they say is caused by frustration over long waits for care. Six medical bodies and staff groups wrote a letter to ministers blaming patients for increasingly long delays in receiving treatment over years of successive governments underinvesting in the NHS and failing to correct severe shortages of workforce. They urge ministers to be “honest and transparent” about the intense pressure on the NHS after increased threats and assaults against frontline staff. It comes amid a growing conviction that verbal attacks by ministers on GPs and ‘failing’ hospitals are part of a strategy to blame the NHS for its many problems. A senior medical official told The Guardian there was a “notable shift in political rhetoric, from thanking and supporting the NHS to demanding it now provide recovery services”. Separately, Dr Katherine Henderson, senior A&E consultant in London, explains the difficulty of dealing with “very angry” patients.
Flight ban requested – Domestic flights should be banned and long-distance train fares subsidized if an equivalent train journey takes less than five hours. The Campaign for Better Transportation also called on ministers to resist calls for any reduction in tariffs on air passengers, and called for the introduction of mandatory emission labels on tickets and a tax for frequent travelers. . The demands come as Rishi Sunak is under pressure to cut taxes on domestic flights, but such a move in his October 27 budget could prove embarrassing a week before the UK hosts the climate conference Cop26 in Glasgow. And top business leaders have warned political leaders they must do more to prevent the destruction of nature as they prepare for a biodiversity summit in China next year.
“Economy” aid – Sunak is to save billions of pounds counting as financial aid to poor countries provided as a result of a windfall Britain received from the International Monetary Fund. Britain received $ 27.4 billion (£ 20 billion) as part of an IMF Special Drawing Rights (SDR) allocation – financial assets designed to help struggling poor countries during the pandemic – months after the government decided to cut aid spending from 0.7% to 0.5% of national income. The move was criticized by former Conservative development secretaries.
Giuffre investigation abandoned – Metropolitan Police are taking no further action after a review requested by Virginia Giuffre, who is taking legal action against Prince Andrew. Met agents made the decision to drop their investigation after reviewing several documents, including one relating to an ongoing U.S. civil lawsuit involving Giuffre, who alleges she was forced to have sex with the prince at the age 17. The 61-year-old royal denies the allegations.
Coronavirus – One in six patients in need of the highest form of life-saving care from the NHS is a pregnant woman unvaccinated with Covid, new figures reveal. Health chiefs hope the release of the data will persuade more pregnant women to get fully immunized. However, anti-vaccine sentiment was highlighted after the home of BBC presenter Jeremy Vine was targeted by anti-vaccine activists to protest against the vaccine reports. In Australia, people in New South Wales are enjoying renewed freedoms, such as going to the pub today after the state’s 107-day lockdown was eased.
Lego reconstruction – Lego has announced that it will work to remove gender stereotypes from its toys after the company discovered that attitudes towards gambling and future careers remain uneven and restrictive. The researchers found that while girls became more confident and eager to engage in a wide range of activities, the same did not hold true for boys. Of the boys surveyed, 71% feared that they would be laughed at if they played with what they described as “girls’ toys,” a fear shared by their parents. Parents always encouraged sons to play sports or Stem activities, while daughters were offered dancing, dressing or cooking.
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Ben Stokes was told to pick up the phone when he felt ready to return after England head coach Chris Silverwood named his strongest Ashes squad available without any player stepping down in due to travel problems. In a race that couldn’t have been a simpler pole-to-flag victory for teammate Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton was left angry and frustrated by his Mercedes squad as vital points for the World Championship slipped away from him at the Turkish Grand Prix. Andy Murray has shown he is not ready to give in to his sport after beating Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the BNP Paribas Masters at Indian Wells. Katie McCabe delivered another stunning performance to help Arsenal extend their perfect start to the Women’s Super League with a 3-0 win over Everton as France won the Nations League final in Milan after Kylian Mbappé scored the decisive goal in their 2-1 victory over Spain. Tyson Fury’s tears of relief after Saturday night’s thrilling victory over Deontay Wilder showed he had been pushed very far, writes Donald McRae. And Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan completed 5,000 career regular-season assists as he guided the Falcons to a 27-20 victory over the New York Jets in London.
The Treasury berated Kwasi Kwarteng after suggesting he consult with Rishi Sunak about support for companies struggling with soaring energy prices. Treasury sources have denied that the department has yet to receive any proposals or even have discussions on supporting struggling critical industries, despite the business secretary’s claims to broadcasters on Sunday morning. The FTSE100 is expected to drop slightly this morning as the Pound is at $ 1.365 and € 1.179.
The Guardian leads with ‘NHS waiting lists trigger’ wave of abuse ‘against staff,’ and there’s also a health splash in the Mail – “A single general practitioner for 2000 patients”. The Times goes hand in hand with the energy crisis – “Ministers fight for aid to factories” – and the Telegraph with “Treasury slaps Kwarteng in the energy row”, and the I with “the shock of gas prices on the bailout of factories”.
The Express a “Strong warning: get used to higher food bills” and the Mirror leads on Boris Johnson’s vacation news in Marbella: “Only here for the peer”. The Sun celebrates Tyson Fury’s victory in heavyweight boxing with “Ty Am The Biggest”. The Scottish reports “Shock on the number of sexual complaints against the police” and the Save a “Anti vaxxers ambush OAP”.
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