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Blair's Britain

Issue No. 1692

Blair's Britain

BRITISH Nuclear Fuels has admitted a breach of safety in court, after three workers suffered burns at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria. One worker would have been fatally burned by a leak of corrosive acid if he hadn't been wearing a protective suit. Yet the suit was not routinely worn during repair work. Meanwhile hundreds of power workers were evacuated from Dungeness B nuclear plant in Kent last week after a full scale emergency was declared. Carbon dioxide had leaked from a building housing a reactor.  


UP TO 80 maternity wards could close around Britain because of a shortage of midwives and specialist doctors, according to new research from the three royal colleges which deal with childbirth and health. The report concludes that the NHS needs another 1,600 specialists to keep childbirth services at their full level. This is on top of the current shortage of around 2,500 midwives. 


BRITAIN'S biggest supermarket chain, Tesco, announced increased pre-tax profits last week of �933 million in the last year. The company is set to make money from asylum seekers as it joins the voucher scheme which refugees have been forced to live on by the government. Tesco will get change left over from the vouchers. So if a �5 voucher is handed over for goods worth �4.50 Tesco bosses can pocket the difference.


CHILDREN from poor backgrounds have just a one in ten chance of getting a place in the top 13 British universities, according to research by the Sutton Trust charity. Pupils from private schools have a one in four chance of getting in, regardless of ability.


THE CHIEF executive of the Bradford and Bingley building society saw his pay shoot up last year by 48 percent. Christopher Rodrigues got a salary of �654,048 last year. The building society is the second largest in the country and later this year it may join the swathe of others which have converted to banks.


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Fri 14 Apr 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1692
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