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Sir Simon Rattle to join London Symphony Orchestra

World-renowned conductor Sir Simon Rattle is joining the London Symphony Orchestra as music director.

Sir Simon Rattle Credit: PA

Sir Simon will join the LSO in September 2017 from the Berlin Philharmonic, where he has led the orchestra since 2002.

Last month, Chancellor George Osborne gave his backing to a campaign led by Sir Simon to build a concert hall, and a feasibility study is now under way for the project.

During my work with the LSO over the last years, I noticed that, despite the orchestra's long and illustrious history, they almost never refer to it.

Instead, refreshingly, they talk about the future - what can they make anew, what can they improve, how can they reach further into the community?

In terms of musical excellence, it is clear that the sky's the limit, but equally important, in terms of philosophy, they constantly strive to be a 21st century orchestra. We share a dream in which performing, teaching and learning are indivisible, with wider dissemination of art at our centre. I cannot imagine a better or more inspiring way to spend my next years, and feel immensely fortunate to have the LSO as my musical family and co-conspirators.

– Sir Simon Rattle

Oblivious lottery winner should be £1.8 million richer

Someone, somewhere in London should be nearly £2 million richer. A winning lottery ticket is still unclaimed which could transform the fortunes of one player - but only if they claim the prize before the deadline.

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  • The ticket was bought on January 28 in the Barnet area
  • The winner matched five numbers 3, 4, 17, 24, 30, 34 & bonus of 36
  • The dealine to claim the life-changing prize is July 27

We're eager to find the mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings this amazing prize could really make a difference to somebody's life.

We're urging everyone who bought a Lotto ticket in this area to check their old tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.

– National Lottery

Got the winning ticket? Call 0845 910 0000.

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Your views: Are you happy with the service you get from your GP surgery?

Are you happy with the level of service you get from your GP? Have you had to wait a long time to get an appointment? Or just not received the standard of care you expect? Get involved and tell us what you think on our Facebook page.

Robert McLean Absolutely dreadful service. At my GP you have to call in the morning if you want an appointment and wait for a call back IF they decide it warrants an appointment.

Lena-maria Boar I'd rather suffer than go to the doctors of which I have no idea who I'm seeing to be told one thing and it's another.

Andrew Jarman I use the online booking system if I need to book unless it's really urgent but sadly there are too few slots and a large number of PC illiterate patients who cannot do even this simple task!

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Your views: Are you happy with the service you get from your GP?

Are you happy with the level of service you get from your GP? Have you had to wait a long time to get an appointment? Or just not received the standard of care you expect? Get involved and tell us what you think on our Facebook page.

Andrew Jarman I like my GP service but they are overloaded with too many patients per GP in Forest Gate. There should be a maximum patient to GP ratio to prevent you having to wait over a week when you are actually ill rather than getting follow up appointments!

Shaniqua E Hayde It's ridiculous! You can only book on the day at mine but when the lines open at 8am they are constantly engaged.

Marian Henry My surgery is pretty rubbish too, they tell you to ring between 9-9.30am for an appointment, you can never get through as everybody else is doing the same thing so when you get through all appointments are gone

Luci Astall-Fuller Our local GP is disgraceful! I had to book two months in advance to discuss my blood result tests.

'Growing disatisfaction' with GP services in London

The report into GP health care in London found:

  • More GPs are emigrating - applications for certificates allowing them to work abroad have risen over 12% since 2008
  • 18% of patients can't get an appointment in London, compared with 11 per cent nationally
  • Satisfaction with GP services in London is declining - of the bottom 30 boroughs in England for seeing a GP of choice, 22 are in London

'Desperate need' for more GPs to avoid crisis point

A new report from the London Assembly reveals how GPs are becoming increasingly stretched in a profession with low morale and retention of staff.

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Launching the report today at the Docklands Medical Centre, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, Chair of the Health Committee, said:

London's population is growing rapidly and we could reach GP crisis point soon. To improve patient satisfaction, we desperately need more GPs and better access to them.

If we are to move more patient care from hospitals to the community, we must have the funding and infrastructure in place for increased General Practice capacity - that means more GPs, increased morale, improved surgeries and easier access.

There is clearly a supply and demand issue and something drastic needs to be done before we reach the tipping point.

– Dr Onkar Sahota, Chair of the Health Committee
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