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Issue No. 2316

UK faces court over kill list

Britain’s role in supplying information to the US for their “kill list” is going to be challenged in court. An Afghan man who lost five of his relatives in a targeted missile strike has started proceedings against the Ministry of Defence and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Rail fare rise sparks anger

Greedy Rail companies plan on hiking rail fares by up to 6 percent next January. It will be the tenth consecutive year of inflation-busting fare increases. Transport unions led protests at up to 40 stations on Tuesday.

Mental health spending falls

Spending on mental health has fallen for the first time in ten years, a new government report reveals. Investment in mental health for working-age adults dropped by 1 percent. For the elderly the fall in real terms spending was 3 percent.

NHS cuts cause worse care

The number of patients waiting over 12 hours at A&Es in Scotland has more than doubled in three years. Over 4,500 NHS jobs have been axed in Scotland in that time. The pressure to cut costs by £20 billion across the NHS has led some trusts to deny access to approved medicines.

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Tue 14 Aug 2012, 17:44 BST
Issue No. 2316
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