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Department of Health: GP funding increased 3.5% last year

The Government has responded to criticisms of GP services, saying that they are being provided with more funding and extra staff.

"We want GPs to be at the heart of their communities' health so we're bringing back named GPs for everyone, and increased funding by 3.5% last year," a Department of Health spokesman said.

"We're also making 10,000 more community healthcare staff available by 2020 and are joining up community care with hospitals with a £5.3 billion fund to treat people better in the community."

Kenyan official confirms 'bandits' ambushed bus and killed 28

Kenya's Ministry of Interior has confirmed a bus was ambushed outside of Mandera at dawn and 28 people were killed.

In a series of tweets the government official referred to the gunmen as 'bandits' and said security agencies were in pursuit of the 'criminal gang'.

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Miliband: Labour is still the party of working people

Ed Miliband has sought to diffuse the row over Emily Thornberry's 'white van tweet' by saying Labour remains "the party of working people".

He said he was "furious" when he learned of Ms Thornberry's posting an image of a house festooned with England flags and that it was right for her to resign.

Ed Miliband speaking in the House of Commons. Credit: PA Wire

Writing in the Daily Mirror, Mr Miliband said: "Respect is the basic rule of politics and there is nothing unusual or odd about having England flags in your window. That is why she was right to resign."

NHS patients 'pushed' into treatments by GPs

NHS patients are being "pushed" into treatments they do not want and denied others because GPs are under pressure to hit targets, a new report claims.

The inquiry, commissioned by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), said GP services were "poorly co-ordinated, hindered by artificial barriers between services, and structured around the treatment of single diseases - rather than the needs of the patient.

GPs are under pressure to prescribe certain treatments, the report said. Credit: Hugh Macknight/PA Wire

Report author Mike Farrar added that targets meant GPs were often "under considerable pressure to persuade a patient to accept a certain medicine or intervention".

Reacting to the report, RCGP chairman Maureen Baker said the lack of investment in family doctors' services had left general practice "withering on the vine".

28 non-Muslim bus passengers murdered in Kenya

Somalian Al-Shabab militants have reportedly murdered 28 non-Muslims on a bus in northern Kenya.

The bus was hijacked 31 miles outside of Mandera Credit: Google maps

Police said the militants hijacked the bus, which was travelling to the capital Nairobi, 31 miles outside of the border town of Mandera and singled out non-Muslims before shooting them.

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Memorial service for aid worker Alan Henning

Credit: ITV News/Henning family

A private memorial service will take place later today for British aid worker Alan Henning, who was murdered by extremist militants in Syria.

Mr Henning's family and friends will gather for a private service at Eccles Parish Church in Eccles, Greater Manchester, after which they will unveil a memorial stone in his honour.

The 47-year-old taxi driver was captured in December while delivering food and supplies to Syrian refugees.

Bill Cosby breaks silence over sex assault claims

Embattled entertainer Bill Cosby has broken his silence over a series of rape and sex assault claims going back decades.

"I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos," the actor-comedian told Florida Today newspaper after a sell-out show.

"People should fact check. People shouldn't have to go through that and shouldn't answer to innuendos."

Earlier Cosby, 77, was cheered by fans in Melbourne, Florida, who gave him a standing ovation at the beginning and end of his latest show.

Hotel: no guests harmed in 'gas explosion'

The hotel in central London that was rocked on Friday night by a blast has issued a statement, saying that 12 employees were injured in a "gas explosion."

Hyatt Regency Churchill in London experienced a gas explosion in the basement early this morning.

Twelve Hyatt associates were treated for injuries.

No guests were injured, and all guests were evacuated to nearby hotels. Hyatt's top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our guests and associates, and we are currently working to provide guests with accommodations while we evaluate whether the hotel suffered any significant damage.

– Hyatt Regency Churchill

Mark Reckless 'sore' over immigration 'policy change'

Ukip newest MP Mark Reckless is greeted by Commons Speaker John Bercow Credit: PA Wire

Ukip's latest MP Mark Reckless has suggested his party's policy was "changed" in the wake of a row over comments he made about European migrants in a pre-election hustings.

Mr Reckless said he was in "very close contact" with Ukip leader Nigel Farage before the ITV hustings on Wednesday, the day before the poll, when opponents argued that he appeared to suggest European Union migrants could be asked to leave if the UK quit the alliance.

The party's second MP told the Times newspaper:

Until Nigel changed it on Wednesday, the policy of the party was everyone can stay for the transitional period, no doubt about that, that there would then be a permanent arrangement which would be part of the EU negotiation.

The policy changed on Wednesday and I'm a bit sore about how I sort of came out of that, because I don't actually think I said I was only talking about welcoming people of particular circumstances.

I've always thought we should allow people to stay permanently, regardless, because that's the right thing to do by them and it's also the right thing for our party in terms of how we want to look to the country.

– Mark Reckless MP
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