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Cancer fear raised over horsemeat

Cancer fear raised over horsemeat

24 January 2013 Last updated at 07:06 ET A drug that can potentially cause cancer in humans may have entered the food chain via horses slaughtered in UK abattoirs, Labour claims. Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh said “several” UK-slaughtered horses had tested positive for the carcinogen phenylbutazone. Agriculture minister David Heath said all meat was checked to ensure it was fit for human consumption. Continue reading

Poor kids ‘more likely to be obese’

Poor kids ‘more likely to be obese’

23 January 2013 Last updated at 06:40 ET Children from poor backgrounds are more likely to be overweight, a minister has claimed, blaming “an abundance of bad food” for the situation. Anna Soubry said 50 years ago youngsters from deprived households were taunted for being “skinny runts”, but this state of affairs had reversed. “When I walk around, you can almost now tell somebody’s background by their weight,” she told the Daily Telegraph Continue reading

Disabled people ‘could be forgotten’

Disabled people ‘could be forgotten’

16 January 2013 Last updated at 20:46 ET By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News Adults with disabilities in England are being deprived of basic care and support and are at risk of being forgotten in the wider reform of the social care system, campaigners say. Much of the focus on care has been centred around the crisis facing the elderly. But a coalition of charities has warned people with disabilities under the age of 65 are being neglected too Continue reading

Cancer drug fund ‘uncertain future’

Cancer drug fund ‘uncertain future’

16 January 2013 Last updated at 02:52 ET Many cancer patients could face an uncertain future over funding for their drugs, a parliamentary report says. A government initiative increasing access to cancer drugs ends this year, but the system promised to replace it is “nebulous” and ill-defined, say MPs Continue reading

Care home abuse sanctions urged

Care home abuse sanctions urged

15 January 2013 Last updated at 21:45 ET Companies who own care homes in England where abuse is carried out should face unlimited fines and criminal sanctions, a former minister says. Lib Dem Paul Burstow says tougher laws are needed to ensure care providers are held criminally accountable for abuse and neglect on their premises. In cases such as at Winterbourne View, he says firms must be responsible for abuse “taking place on their watch”. Continue reading

‘Paperless NHS’ would save billions

‘Paperless NHS’ would save billions

15 January 2013 Last updated at 22:16 ET Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants the NHS to be paperless by 2018 – a move a report says could help save the health service billions of pounds a year. In a speech, Mr Hunt will say a first step is to give people online access to their health records by March 2015 Continue reading

Doctors join debate over drug policy

Doctors join debate over drug policy

14 January 2013 Last updated at 23:00 ET UK drugs policy needs a stronger health focus as criminalisation is deterring users from seeking help, say doctors. Continue reading

Disabled group urges benefit rethink

Disabled group urges benefit rethink

14 January 2013 Last updated at 03:03 ET Thousands of disabled people could lose some benefits because of last-minute changes to the new system of Personal Independence Payments, campaigners say. The group, We Are Spartacus, said tougher rules to assess how far people can walk mean many claimants will lose help with transport from April. Under the rules, those unable to walk more than 20m would qualify, rather than the previous distance of 50m Continue reading

Disabled group urges benefit rethink

Disabled group urges benefit rethink

14 January 2013 Last updated at 03:03 ET Thousands of disabled people could lose some benefits because of last-minute changes to the new system of Personal Independence Payments, campaigners say. The group, We Are Spartacus, said tougher rules to assess how far people can walk mean many claimants will lose help with transport from April. Under the rules, those unable to walk more than 20m would qualify, rather than the previous distance of 50m Continue reading

Decriminalise drugs, peers say

Decriminalise drugs, peers say

14 January 2013 Last updated at 03:21 ET The possession and use of all illegal drugs should be decriminalised, a cross-party group of peers has said. The least harmful should be regulated and sold in licensed shops, with labels detailing risks, the group concluded. The panel of nine peers said criminal sanctions did not combat drug addiction, and only marginalised users. Continue reading