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Issue No. 2344

Hospital cuts harm patients

Fourteen hospital trusts under investigation for higher than usual deaths have fewer nurses than hospitals with lower death rates. 

A University of Plymouth study found that, on average, NHS trusts with higher death rates had six fewer nurses per 100 beds than other trusts. 

There were also fewer doctors and cleaners. 

Police failed rape victims

South Wales police force has repeatedly failed women who have made accusations of rape and domestic violence, the Guardian newspaper has revealed.

One woman has complained that her allegations of abuse at the hands of her partner, a police officer, were leaked to him by other officers.

Lib Dems quit over new court

Two prominent Lib Dem activists have quit the party after the leadership backed secret courts, despite the party’s spring conference voting to reject the proposals.

The courts will hide evidence from the public and lead to a rise in trials without juries. 

Do banks have debt back hole?

A new report has said that banks could have £50 billion in losses hidden away. 

It says this is making rates worse for customers.  

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Thu 21 Mar 2013, 14:18 GMT
Issue No. 2344
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