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Labour: A&E's are struggling before winter begins

Labour's shadow health secretary tabled an urgent question to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on how Accident and Emergency units in England were coping with winter pressures.

Hunt said A&E attendances are up 5% on last year, and those that do turn up are sicker - meaning emergency admissions are up 6% from last year. Weekly figures on A&E waiting times will not be released for the next few weeks, which Andy Burnham said amounted to a 'news blackout' as current trends show waiting times for patients will only increase during recess - putting vulnerable patients at risk at a critical time.

He added that the figures were not being published to save NHS workers from having to compile them, when they could be having their Christmas holidays, and said the NHS was performing well under an enormous deal of pressure.


Home Secretary moves to put 28-day limit on police bail

Home Secretary Theresa May Credit: PA

Home Secretary Theresa May has announced plans to put a 28-day time limit on police bail, saying it "cannot be right that people can spend months or even years on pre-charge bail with no oversight

She has launched a consultation on the time limit that proposes it could only be extended in exceptional circumstances through an application to a magistrates' court.

I believe we need a statutory time limit in place to ensure people do not spend months or even years on bail, only for no charges to be brought.

– Home Secretary Theresa May

Texas cinema shows Team America in place of The Interview

From the film Team America: World Police Credit: PA

A cinema in Texas has responded to the cancellation of The Interview by showing another movie that pokes fun at North Korea in its place.

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's branch in Dallas plans to show a free screening of Team America: World Police, the 2004 satirical comedy co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Staff will also hand out American flags and other patriotic items to cinemagoers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win...well, that's your prerogative," the cinema posted on its website.

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