News digest 17 July 2013

News digest 17 July 2013

17 July 2013

Health yet again dominates the headlines with the publication of the Keogh report, and woe betide the politician that plays politics with the NHS as all the papers have harsh words for all sides. As ever the Mail has the most partisan – and most damning – headline going with ‘Labour’s day of shame on the NHS’ and the Times follows suit with ‘Cameron hammers Labour over failure of NHS trusts’ leaving the Mirror and the Morning Star to highlight the reality with a shortage of nurses being blamed for thousands of deaths, the Mirror says health secretary Jeremy Hunt has failed to explain why 4,136 nurses have been cut since the Con-Dems came to power and why £3 billion has been diverted from frontline care. Unite head of health Rachael Maskell said: “Compassion for the families whose loved ones needlessly died should be at the forefront of ministerial concern. As a first step, Jeremy Hunt should immediately introduce emergency legislation to parliament so he can resume responsibility for the NHS and sort out the expensive privatised dog’s dinner that is the Health and Social Care Act. The Francis report into the grave abuses at Mid Staffs has to be implemented in full. Since the report came out we have seen unworkable headlines, but no action - we cannot continue with this time wasting ‘fiddling while Rome burns’ approach.” Sadly it looks like the Tories will continue to play politics with health, but that could cause greater problems. Mary Riddell in the Telegraph argues ‘The NHS is not a creaking relic, whatever the Tories may say’ while Andreas Whittam Smith in the Indie sums it up as ‘It’s not the NHS that stands condemned. It’s the politicians’, in the long term no side will get away with playing politics with health and if one thing is true it’s  you can never trust the Tories with the NHS….

And health secretary Jeremy Hunt also waded into the row over the influence of Cameron’s chief strategist Lynton Crosby and his lobbying links. The Guardian is one of many that reports Crosby will be forced to reveal all his British clients under a new statutory register that Cameron is pushing ahead with, expect PMQs today to see more back and forth banter over lobbying and funding until someone lands a killer blow.

And talking of killer blows the other main political story has been the proposals around renewing Trident after the Lib Dems - perhaps taking the name Trident too literally - published a report arguing for a reduction in patrols from four to three, but neglected to consider in full the varied threats around the world, and also the impact on highly skilled British jobs, thousands of which could be put at risk. Unite national officer Ian Waddell summed it up simply as “a farce and a fudge”, as good a description as ever of Lib Dem ideas…

 Morning Star

 Daily Mirror



  • NHS scandal: How bad is the crisis? (p4-5)
  • Npower sparks bills row (p5)
  • Lord Patten to leave BBC [in 2015] (p15)
  • Figures push pound down against euro (p50)
  • Swinton fined (p500


 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cameron hammers Labour over failure of NHS trusts (p1/6-7)
  • Coalition under fire over tax on business (p2)
  • Tobacco giant hid details of Crosby meeting (p8)
  • Labour could cut Trident fleet (p15)
  • Cameron faces revolt over European reform (p18)
  • McCluskey scandal – Matthew Parris (p22)
  • Goldman’s bankers cash in (p34)
  • Swinton fined (p39)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Brussels eyes assault on card fees (p1)
  • Britain’s car industry steps up a gear (p2)
  • NHS report triggers blame game (p2)
  • Lib Dems rebuffed on Trident (p3)
  • Patients need to be given power within the NHS – Nigel Crisp (p9)
  • BMW positive on electric car launch (p14)
  • Barclays appoints new finance chief (p15)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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