Patient prescription fines ‘double in a year’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

The NHSBSA said it was the patient’s responsibility to ensure they were entitled to claim free-of-charge prescriptions. Mistakes ‘cost millions’ The health body issued 13,277,877 in fines to people in England in 2016-17, up from 8,601,349 in 2015-16. The data – obtained by the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act – has only been recorded since 2015 because responsibility for checks moved from local NHS trusts to the central…

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Is there institutional racism in mental health care? – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEche explains how he was Tasered when sectioned under the Mental Health Act Black people are being failed by the UK’s mental health services because of “institutional racism”, it has been warned. How does this affect those who experience it? When Eche Ogbuono, who has bipolar disorder, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, he should have been taken to a safe…

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News Daily: North Korean missile and Grenfell ‘frustration’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Grenfell: Survivors express frustration Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have held a meeting with a coroner, expressing frustration at a lack of information from the authorities. During the three-hour discussion, Dr Fiona Wilcox, coroner for Westminster, described the scenes inside the building, where at least 80 people died last month, as “apocalyptic”. Meanwhile, the Grenfell response team says…

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Steph Curry adds richest NBA contract ever to go with championships, MVP awards

July 3, 2017

Image:  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images The golden boy of the NBA’s champion Golden State Warriors, Steph Curry, is officially the best paid player in the entire league. Curry’s new contract, which was confirmed early Saturday morning during the NBA’s free agency period, will pay the two-time league MVP a whopping $201 million of the course of five years. SEE ALSO: ESPN launches new podcast series, bringing back TrueHoop cast to NBA…

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It’s Chris-mas in July. Allow us to explain.\n

July 3, 2017

Image: vicky leta/mashable This summer, more than ever, the internet and world at large is in the throes of peak Chris madness. For serious scientific reasons enumerated below, Mashable has dubbed today, July 1st, the year of our lord 2017 as…Chris-mas. What is Chris-mas? Christmas, but for Chrises! Christmas in July but Chris-mas, in July. On this day we celebrate our Chrises in all their glory and embarrassment, because we…

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Listen to review bodies on public sector pay, says Gove – BBC News

July 3, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGove’s quick-fire answers on the Andrew Marr show – Brexit and his return to the cabinet The government should listen to review bodies’ recommendations for public sector pay, Michael Gove has said. His comments come as the prime minister and chancellor face increasing pressure from ministers and backbenchers to end the 1% public sector pay cap. The environment secretary did not call…

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These ridiculous remixes of major brand logos are oddly entertaining

July 2, 2017

Image: Joe raedle/Getty Images A ridiculous new aesthetic of corporate mockery is taking hold online. A strain of dedicated Photoshop artists have inexplicably committed themselves to jumbling major brand logos into nonsense words and their work is oddly amusing. SEE ALSO: Tech dominates ranking of the world’s most valuable brands “Subway, Eat Fresh,” for instance, is remixed into “Sbubby, eef freef.” Burger King is “Bubker Kirg, Have It In a…

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Pressure grows on No 10 to scrap public sector pay cap – BBC News

July 2, 2017

“When they made recommendations on school teachers’ pay, I think I always accepted them. “My colleagues who deal with these pay review bodies would want to respect the integrity of that process.” Cabinet split Pay rises for five million public sector workers are set by independent pay review bodies, but have effectively been capped at 1% since 2013, before which there was a two-year freeze on pay for all but…

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The day terror came to Glasgow Airport – BBC News

July 1, 2017

At 15:11, 4,000 people were already inside the terminal and the departure halls were packed with passengers waiting to board flights on the first Saturday of the Scottish school summer holidays, when the car came smashing towards them. Image caption The departure hall of the airport was packed at the time of the attack Inside the vehicle were Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdulla, 27, and 28-year-old engineer Kafeel Ahmed, who was…

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Ian Paterson: Why have private patients not been compensated? – BBC News

June 26, 2017

“What he did – it will never go away. When you go private, you think you’ve got the best.” Ian Paterson: Surgeon was ‘psychopathic like Shipman’ Breast surgeon ‘played God’ with women’s bodies Ian Paterson: ‘He took a pound of flesh for money’ Linda Millband, national lead lawyer for clinical negligence at legal firm Thompsons, is acting for more than 500 of Paterson’s former private patients. She said private policies…

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The teenagers growing up with cancer – BBC News

June 25, 2017

For Natasha, and for all patients undergoing chemotherapy, going bald changes the way they see themselves and how other people view them. She says: “It is so confusing because I miss the old self. “Before I thought I’m never going to walk out bald, I’ll always have my wigs on every time I walk out of the house. “But now I don’t care if people are looking at me because…

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Travis Kalanick apologists sound a lot like Donald Trump supporters

June 25, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock (8875114h) President Donald Trump is greeted by supporters during a rally, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Trump, Cedar Rapids, USA – 21 Jun 2017 Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock They might not be perfect, but they’re winners. In 2017, it’s a common refrain. For example: It’s how Donald Trump supporters justify supporting Donald Trump. And it’s also how Travis Kalanick supporters still justify supporting Travis Kalanick. Let’s be clear:…

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Facebook is releasing a new app for YouTube-like creators

June 24, 2017

Image: facebook Facebook wants more video, so it’s releasing a new app just for creators, the company announced at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. SEE ALSO: Facebook is embracing YouTube-like stars as it pushes for more video It’s in part an update to Facebook Mentions, an app currently available to verified accounts on the social network, which includes celebrities, online influencers, and journalists. Mentions is where Facebook first…

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Would Trump make a good royal?

June 23, 2017

(CNN)The power of the British monarchy has been on display during recent tragedies. Leave it to Prince Harry to spoil it all. Who, after all, could survive the nonstop attention and demand for selfies? Who would thrive under such scrutiny, and do it all while wearing a gold crown weighing more than three pounds? It would take a certain type of person. The sort of person who fills his court…

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Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom – BBC News

June 22, 2017

In 2015 one market research company estimated the UK market could be worth as much as 3.6bn. But there is little doubt it has grown significantly over the past decade. Focus on body image The report identifies several factors that are encouraging young people in particular to focus on body image. These include increasing levels of anxiety around appearance, the rise of social media where photos can receive positive or…

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How do you get over your home burning down? – BBC News

June 22, 2017

Image caption Maria De Vita’s neighbour died in the fire When Maria De Vita heard glass smashing at her home in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, she thought it was someone outside doing a spot of late-night recycling. She later discovered it was one of next door’s windows exploding in a fire in which her neighbour died. Ms De Vita woke her two young daughters and they left the house with nothing….

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This Instagram post from Beyonc’s mom has us asking a lot of questions about the twins

June 20, 2017

Image: Leon Bennett/FilmMagic Apparently, the Knowles-Carter twins have arrived. Or did they? We’re really confused. Neither Beyonc or Jay-Z have announced the birth, but Matthew Knowles, Beyonc’s father, sent a tweet on Father’s Day that confirmed the twins have indeed entered the world. But the beloved matriarch of the family, Tina Lawson, has been mysteriously mum about her newest grandkids. Her latest Instagram post was taken across the country from…

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Medicine information leaflets ‘too scary’, say experts – BBC News

June 20, 2017

They make people unduly anxious about taking medicines and could be the reason why fewer than 50% continue with drugs they have started taking. The likelihood of the side-effects occurring is also rarely explained – instead they are labelled “possible” or “serious”. And the benefits of the medicines are usually understated, taking up much less space on the leaflet than potential harms. Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption And…

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Is it safe to live on a former landfill site? – BBC News

June 20, 2017

Prof Kate Spencer from Queen Mary University of London led the investigation and has now raised serious concerns about the impact not only on the environment – but on public health. Image caption Barry Falgate, site manager at Dunbar landfill In 1990, the Environmental Protection Act set out a regime for regulating and licensing the disposal of controlled waste. One site in Dunbar, on the east coast of Scotland, handles…

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