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May considering plans to make foreign graduates leave UK

Home Secretary Theresa May. Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Foreign students could face being sent back to their home countries after their courses finish under hardline plans reportedly being considered by Home Secretary Theresa May.

The move would mean non-European Union (EU) students would have to return home in order to apply for a work visa if they wanted to continue to live in the UK after they graduated.

The Sunday Times reported that Mrs May wants a future Conservative government to "move towards zero net student migration" by sending home those who come to Britain on student visas.

NHS England: No decision on ambulances 'until next year'

NHS England has insisted no decisions have yet been taken on raising target times for ambulances for patients whose condition is not life-threatening.

The service's Head of Acute Care, Professor Keith Willett, said any decision on the proposals would not be taken until 2015.

Any operational changes to ensure ambulances reach sickest patients even quicker would need to be proposed by the senior doctors running ambulance services and agreed by the NHS nationally. No such decisions have been taken on their proposals, nor will they be - one way or the other - until next year.

– Prof Keith Willett, Head of NHS Acute Care


Burnham: 'Serious questions' to answer on ambulance times

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham says Jeremy Hunt has "very serious questions" to answer about proposals to raise ambulance waiting times.

He has written to Health Secretary accusing him of having "deliberately kept Parliament in the dark" over the plans.

However, Mr Hunt has insisted there are no plans to implement the changes, which would see target times for non-critical cases raises from eight minutes to 19.

Mr Burnham said:

It is outrageous that he decided to keep MPs and the public in the dark about a decision he had already taken and one which will have far-reaching implications across the NHS.

Patients are already waiting hours on end for ambulances to arrive. People will struggle to understand how, in the middle of a crisis, it makes sense for the Government to make a panic decision to relax 999 standards and leave patients waiting even longer.

This leak leaves Jeremy Hunt with extremely serious questions to answer. He must do so today. The NHS is in a dangerous position and crying out for leadership. Jeremy Hunt must start providing it or make way for someone else who will.

– Andy Burnham

Policing minister 'We'll drive drugs menace off the road'

Policing minister 'We'll drive drugs menace off the road'. Credit: PA

The policing minister has said new plans to test drivers for drugs will "drive this menace off the road".

This is something that has plagued society for far too long.

People will have exactly the same view of drug-driving as they do of drink-driving: it is an abhorrent thing to do.

Not only do you put your own life at risk, but you put innocent people's lives at risk.

We will drive this menace off the road.

– Policing minister Mike Penning

Police to test drivers with 'drugalyser' kits

The Christmas and New Year holiday season will see drivers stopped by police and tested for drugs by the side of the road in a war on drug-driving.

The Telegraph has reported that the Home Office approved roadside testing kits that will analyse samples of saliva instantly to detect illegal substances as well as so-called "legal highs".

Police to test drivers with 'drugalyser' kits. Credit: PA

It said that police officers will also use the kits to catch drivers who have taken prescription medicines like strong painkillers, sleeping pills and drugs to treat anxiety, that can hinder concentration on the road.

It has been reported that ministers will order police to carry the "drugalyser" kits alongside conventional "breathalysers", which test motorists for alcohol consumption.


Hunt 'categorically' denies ambulance waiting time story

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has emphatically rejected reports that the NHS is planning to double ambulance target times for patients with non life-threatening injuries.

'Superman' arrested after aiming punch at police officer

Police have arrested a Superman lookalike for throwing a punch at an officer - and not a very good one at that.

In the early hours, police in Durham announced they had arrested a 29-year-old man dressed in a cape in the city centre.

Writing on the Durham City Police Facebook page, an officer said: "Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

"No, it's Superman in handcuffs with his hands behind his back being loaded into a police van!

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Ambulance target times for some patients 'could double'

Ambulance times for some patients could go up significantly. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The target times for ambulances to reach some patients could double from eight to 19 minutes, according to reports.

A leaked NHS document suggests the change for patients in the 'Red 2' category, meaning their condition is "serious but not the most life-threatening".

The Mail on Sunday reports that the proposals have been agreed by NHS England bosses "in principle", but that changes would only happen after May's general election.

Shooting suspect posted about attacking 'pigs'

The man suspected of shooting dead two New York police officers yesterday posted a message on his Instagram account before the incident warning of his plans.

Ismaaiyl Brinsley posted: "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs," using the hashtags Shootthepolice RIPErivGardner (sic) RIPMikeBrown.

New York police chief Bill Bratton said that Brinsley shot and wounded his ex-girlfriend earlier in the city Baltimore and made posts from her Instagram account.

The shooting happened hours after his "pigs" post, around the time that Mr Bratton said New York police were receiving a warning fax from the authorities in Baltimore.

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