Prison book ban blasted
Authors and campaigners have blasted justice secretary Chris Grayling’s ban on prisoners receiving books. Juliet Lyon of the Prison Reform Trust said it was “just one of a number of mean and petty rules” introduced to prisons in England and Wales last November.
Cuts driving out doctors
More than half of GPs say they want to retire early as cuts cause high workload and low morale. The survey was run by the British Medical Association. It warned the cuts could threaten the existence of many local surgeries.
Mail bosses stamp on jobs
Royal Mail has announced plans to cut 1,300 jobs less than a year after being privatised. It says the losses will mainly come from managerial staff. The Unite union, which represents 7,000 Royal Mail managers, said it could ballot for industrial action.
Diabetes staff at low levels
NHS cuts have led to the downgrading or review of 40 percent of specialist diabetes nurses. Lack of trained staff will lead to patients facing unnecessary amputation of limbs as early symptoms are missed, a diabetes charity and nurses organisations have warned.