News digest 21 January 2015

News digest 21 January 2015

21 January 2015

The digest opens with the NHS back in the headlines. As the Mirror reports that the number of visits to A&E has risen by 830 per cent with almost 600,000 more patients visiting A&E compared to when the Con-Dem coalition came to power, the Telegraph pushes the Tory party line condemning planned strike action by health staff next week saying that the strike is ‘putting patients’ lives at risk’. That’s a shocking and false claim.

With the health secretary Jeremy Hunt having caused the crisis over pay on the first place – it was Hunt that vetoed the one per cent pay rise for health workers – the strikes could have been averted. Effectively the government isn’t listening – the real value of pay in the NHS has fallen by a staggering 15 per cent over the last five years, and the decision to deny 60 per cent of NHS staff a modest one per cent cost of living pay increase this year, ignoring the recommendation of the independent pay review body (the first time a government has done so) sparked the first walkout by NHS staff over pay in more than 30 years.

Hunt knows what he should do, and while the workers will continue to work hard to keep the health service running (including providing emergency cover during action), he continues to undermine it. And for an example of the sterling work done by healthcare staff just read today’s Real Britain Ros column in the Mirror as she highlights her own recent experience of sterling care and why we need to keep the fight going to keep the NHS alive, as ever you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS, especially with Hunt doing his level best to undermine the hard work and commitment of healthcare staff across the country, get set to send messages of solidarity for NHS staff who unless agreement is reached will take strike action on Thursday 29 January…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Labour squeezed in poll (p4)
  • Ex-Labour man Matt Forde on Ed Miliband (p10)
  • Banks £160bn savings rip off (p43)
  • Oil firms snubbed by Co-op (p43)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • May accused of blocking Tehran deal (p1)
  • Ambulance strike plea (p5)
  • Balls stands firm over mansions tax (p6)
  • Osborne aims to scupper SNP pact with Labour (p16)
  • Pressure on Big Six to cut bills further rises (p19)
  • Spain cashes in on Draghi gamble (p35)
  • Investors in gravy train in Eversholt sale (p38)
  • Buffini swaps camels for new set of clubs (p43)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Tensions over Eurozone QE (p1)
  • Ukip under pressure as head of policy replaced (p2)
  • Dairy farmers in downward spiral (p3)
  • Oil majors told to invest more in green energy (p4)
  • Britons spend more on wine than French (p4)
  • Inequality is the bequest of an unequal generation – John Kay (p13)
  • Total to slash capital spend (p17)
  • Unsilver warns of more sales weakness (p21)
  • William Hill profits fall back (p22)

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