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Labour to force Commons vote on Lord Freud

Lord Freud's comments on disabled people sparked outrage last week. Credit: PA Wire

Labour will force a Commons vote on Lord Freud's future after David Cameron refused to dismiss him for his controversial suggestion that some disabled workers were "not worth" the minimum wage.

The Conservative peer has kept his job after apologising for the comment, which sparked furore among disability charities and was branded "offensive" by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.

But Labour has made repeated calls for him to go and will table a motion of no confidence in the welfare minister tomorrow ahead of a vote later this month.

The move came as it emerged that Andrew Selous, a justice minister, told a fringe meeting at the Tory party conference that "disabled people work harder because they're grateful to have a job", according to the Independent.


Canada to ship experimental Ebola vaccines to WHO

Canada will start shipping its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization.

A laboratory technician works on Ebola vaccine in Germany. Credit: Reuters

The WHO, in consultation with health authorities in the countries most affected by the outbreak of the disease, will decide on how the vaccine will be distributed and used, the Public Health Agency of Canada said.

Canada will ship 800 vials of its experimental vaccine in three separate shipments, as a precautionary measure.

NHS watchdog examines 'potentially avoidable' deaths

The health service watchdog is examining more than 250 complaints about potentially avoidable deaths and many more about cases where patients may have suffered needless harm according to Dame Julie Mellor, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman.

The inquiry's finding into NHS complaints will be published next year. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Dame Julie said in some of the cases there had been no investigation by NHS authorities and the watchdog's casework had shown up a "wide variation in the quality of NHS investigations" into serious cases.

The inquiry's initial findings will be published next year, and Dame Julie said it would make recommendations for "system-wide change to the leadership and delivery of patient safety".

When public services fail, it can have serious effects on us as individuals. We know that when people complain, they often want three simple things: an explanation of what went wrong, an apology and for the mistake not to be repeated.

– Dame Julie Mellor

Oxfam: Troops needed to tackle spread of Ebola

UK charity Oxfam has called for 'more troops, funding and medical staff' to tackle Ebola. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

More troops, funding and medical staff are urgently needed to prevent the Ebola outbreak becoming the "definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation", Oxfam has warned.

The UK-based charity said there was less than a two-month window to curb the spread of the deadly virus but there remained a "crippling shortfall" in military personnel to provide logistical support across west Africa.

The charity said it was "extremely rare" to call for military intervention but troops were "desperately needed" to build treatment centres, provide flights and offer engineering and logistical support.

Oxfam also called for European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday to follow the UK's lead in pledging £125m in response to the Ebola crisis.

We are in the eye of a storm. We cannot allow Ebola to immobilise us in fear, but instead we must move toward a common mission to stop it from getting worse...Countries that have failed to commit troops, doctors and enough funding are in danger of costing lives.

– Oxfam's chief executive Mark Goldring


Jeremy Hunt criticises Labour's record on cancer

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has criticised Labour's record on cancer in response to the opposition party's pledge to guarantee tests and results within a week by 2020.

Obama appoints Ebola 'czar' to tackle breaches in Texas

US President Barack Obama. Credit: PA

Barack Obama has appointed an Ebola "czar" to help tackle breaches of protocol which took place in Texas, where the killer virus first appeared on US soil.

The President has chosen Ron Klain, a lawyer who had served as chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, to oversee the US response.

The White House also said it would send senior personnel to Dallas, Texas, to help federal, state and local officials there trying to identify and monitor people who came in contact with three people who contracted the disease.

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the disease in the United States, died last week.

Two nurses who were on the team caring for Duncan have now contracted it and are being monitored.

Vomiting Pentagon woman does not have Ebola

A woman who became ill in the Pentagon car park does not have Ebola, officials said.

The public relations worker was put in quarantine at the Inova Fairfax Hospital and medical personnel took all needed precautions.

But despite fears she may have recently having been in West Africa, her boss confirmed she had not been out of the Washington area.

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