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Many GPs are working 11 hour days and seeing up to 60 patients a day in the face of increasing pressure to deliver safe patient care with diminishing resources, said the Royal College of General Practitioners in response to today's CQC findings.
RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker described a "funding black hole worth £9 billion" in England over the past eight years, which she said was a result of investment being shifted towards hospitals.
– Dr Maureen Baker, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Breaches of procedure cannot be condoned, even if they are isolated incidents, but the inspections were largely targeted at particular practices which had already been identified as having problems.
Specific areas for improvement have been found and the CQC must now work with these practices to ensure that they meet the necessary standards and that other practices can learn from their experiences.
...Family doctors now receive only 8.39% of the overall UK NHS budget - yet our workloads are spiralling as the population ages and more patients are presenting with multiple and complex diseases.
New state-of-the-art prisons being built in England and Wales will have telephones, showers and toilets inside each cell, along with some that feature screen terminals for inmates to order meals and book activities, a National Audit Office report revealed today.
"Most importantly, in new buildings all cells have integrated screened toilets and over 90 per cent have integrated showers," the report said.
"Some new cells contain telephones (the use of which is controlled and may be monitored by prison staff) and, at HMP Thameside, terminals to book activities and order meals.
"In-cell telephones, as well as allowing prisoners to maintain family contact (important for successful rehabilitation), also contribute to prisoner safety," the report added.
Charges for telephone calls to business and services will be made simpler from 2015 with clearer pricing for all numbers starting 08, 09 and 118, Ofcom has announced.
Under new plans, 080 freephone numbers will be free from mobiles as well as landlines.
Ofcom said the measures are designed to tackle "consumer confusion" over non-geographic’ service numbers that have a range of uses, from finding out information to banking, directory enquiry and entertainment services.
Its aim is to make prices more transparent, improve competition, restore consumer confidence in non-geographic service numbers and increase their usage.
MPs deserve a "one-off uplift" in their salaries, the head of the watchdog responsible for pay and expenses has insisted, ahead of today's plans expected to set out an 11% rise.
Writing in the Times, Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said his expected pay hike for MPs would not cost taxpayers "a penny more."
Ipsa are planning a tougher-than-expected squeeze on MPs' pensions to cancel out the cost of the pay hike. Sir Ian said the plan would involve a one-off rise, with MPs' wages then increasing at a more measured pace. He said the new plans mean MPs will miss out on a number of "handsome perks".
"Reform is long overdue. Some of the benefits are unjustifiable. The pensions are too generous, the old resettlement payments too handsome and some of the expenses need further tightening.
"We are in no doubt - MPs' pay needs a one-off uplift. Whatever measure you choose - including international comparisons and historic trends - they all lead to the same conclusion: MPs' pay has fallen behind. It needs to catch up.
"We will announce a one-off pay rise. Thereafter MPs' pay will move with the pay of the rest of us. That's a sensible way forward, which we will implement after a further review of conditions in 2015."
The troubled Co-operative Group has appointed financial and political heavyweight Paul Myners to its board to help lead a review of how the group is governed in the wake of the Paul Flowers scandal.
Lord Myners is the former City minister and has also held positions as chair of Marks & Spencer, Guardian Media Group and Land Securities.
South Africans are waiting to view the body of former President Nelson Mandela for a second day at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
The sharp rise in children snatched by a parent and taken to a foreign country is the result of relationships between two people from different countries breaking down, a charity chief told Daybreak.
Acting Reunite director Alison Shalaby explained: "When those relationships break down, one parent wants to return to their home country. So they are making that decision for themselves but also making the decision for the child as well."
- Official figures reveal that the number of deaths being linked to legal highs soared by 80% last year to 52, from 29 in 2011.
- Ten "legal highs" were identified last year for the first time in the UK by a specialist Government system that targets music festivals and tobacco shops.
- A total of 27 new psychoactive substances, also known as legal highs, have now been detected by the Home Office's Forensic Early Warning System since it was set up in January 2011.
Legal highs "are a worldwide problem" with a number of governments in "unchartered waters", a Home Office minister told Daybreak.
Lib Dem Norman Baker said the Government were "looking at a range of options" with legal highs but admitted there was no easy answer to the complex problem.
Scotland Yard said a number of bank customers in London and across the UK have been targeted by a £1 million email scam.
– Detective Chief Inspector Jason Tunn, from Scotland Yard's cyber crime unit
The victims have been hoodwinked by malware-carrying emails purporting to be from their banks, and subsequently had money taken from their accounts.
Two women aged 24 and 27 arrested in connection with the investigation have been released on bail.