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Blair's Britain

Issue No. 1781

THE PUBLIC funds the luxury lodgings of judges to the tune of £5.6 million a year. That is £900 for each night a judge spends away from home. These lodgings have servants, smoking rooms, wine cellars and even a tennis court.

Britain has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the developed world, a new survey shows, with nearly six babies dying for every 1,000 births. The poorest are hit the hardest, with single mothers under 20 being at the most risk of having their baby die.

THE government will fail to meet its targets to recruit more GPs, says the doctors' British Medical Association (BMA). Its survey found that four out of five GPs in their twenties and thirties want to reduce their working hours, and more than half plan to retire early. The BMA's John Chisholm says, 'We are already critically short of family doctors. Our survey results demonstrate that matters are likely to get worse.'

No change over debt

TWO YEARS ago the leaders of the G7 richest countries promised to cancel $100 billion of debt owed by 52 of the poorest countries. Today only $18 billion of debt has been cancelled. 'A cruel joke' is the Jubilee Debt Campaign's verdict.

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Sat 5 Jan 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1781
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