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Wonga profits hit by £18 million fake letter scandal

Profits at payday lender Wonga more than halved in 2013 because the company was forced to pay £18.8 million in costs over a scandal involving fake legal letters.

Wonga expects to be 'smaller and less profitable' in the near term. Credit: PA Wire

In June, Wonga was forced to pay compensation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) after sending legal letters from fake law firms to 45,000 customers.

The payday lender was found guilty of "unfair and misleading debt collection practices".

A 56% rise in operating costs due to investment in staff, infrastructure and its international businesses also contributed to the fall in profits.

GP surgeries 'struggling to meet current demand'

The chair of the British Medical Association's GPs committee says surgeries in England are already struggling to provide enough doctors and appointments to meet demand.

Chaand Nagpaul said that due to the current burdens on doctors, he could not see David Cameron's plans for seven-day surgeries "as a reality".


Teen held after 93-year-old woman collapses following burglary

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after police found a 93-year-old woman collapsed in her home following a burglary.

Police were called to the pensioner's home in St Christopher Drive, Killay, Swansea, yesterday morning.

A 93-year-old woman was found collapsed. She was taken to Morriston Hospital by ambulance, where she remains in a critical condition.

An investigation into the incident was launched and it became apparent that the woman had been the victim of a burglary.

– Police spokesman

Cameron: Seven-day GP surgeries 'already a success'

David Cameron says plans for seven-day GP surgeries are "not some fairytale", as they have already been proven to be successful for seven million people in England.

He told ITV News the coalition government had chosen "not to cut" the NHS, adding: "That was a conscious choice and very much my choice because I really believe in our NHS - it has always been there for me and my family."

Protests will 'continue until China answers democracy pleas'

Protests in Hong Kong will continue until China addresses citizens' calls for democracy, a former chief secretary in the Hong Kong government has told ITV News.

Asked what the consequences would be if the protests eventually failed, Anson Chan replied: "We are not anticipating failure. I think the people of Hong Kong will continue to fight for democracy.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that Hong Kong police fully kitted out would fire at unarmed protests, many of whom are young people," she added.


GP: Govt has to fix weekday care before introducing weekends

A GP in London has said opening surgeries at the weekend is, "a lovely idea and of course patients would welcome it, but it is a fairytale."

Dr Ellie Cannon told ITV News: "Until the Government fixes general practice from Monday to Friday there is no point talking about weekend care."

Manchester United deny Ander Herrera has been summoned over match-fixing allegations

Midfielder Herrera will not be quizzed by the Spanish authorities. Credit: PA

Man United have denied midfielder Ander Herrera is one of 20 players summoned by the Spanish authorities to answer questions about potential match-fixing.

Herrera played in Zaragoza's 2-1 La Liga victory against Villarreal in May 2011, a match which ensured they avoided relegation, but is now being investigated over allegations of game rigging and illegal betting patterns.

Reports last week suggested Herrera, who was playing his last game for Zaragoza before joining Athletic Bilbao in July 2011, would be quizzed along with 19 other players on Thursday 2nd October.

But United have confirmed that Herrera has not been implicated, and will remain in Manchester where he is trying to recover from a back injury in time for Sunday's Premier League clash against Everton.

In numbers: Cameron's seven-day GP surgery plans

David Cameron has promised that all GPs surgeries in England will be open longer from 2020.

Credit: ITV News

Extending opening hours from Monday to Sunday will cost the Government an extra £400 million over the five-year course of the next Parliament.

The next wave of GPs will be able to make bids from a £100m budget from next April, but there will be no new money made available: it will all come from from existing health budgets.

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