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Jessica Ennis-Hill eyes Manchester comeback

Jessica Ennis-Hill is set to make her long-awaited competitive return in the 100m hurdles at the Great CityGames in Manchester on May 9.

The Olympic heptathlon champion will take part in her strongest event after a near two-year absence from competition following the birth of son Reggie last summer.

Jessica Ennis-Hill is set to make her long-awaited competitive return. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Ennis-Hill set a British record of 12.54 seconds for the 100m hurdles at London 2012, although that has since been broken by Tiffany Porter.

I'm really looking forward to making my competitive return at the Great CityGames Manchester. The atmosphere is always amazing there.

Street athletics is a lot of fun, not only you are really close to the fans, but the energy around the Morrison's Great Manchester Run weekend is fantastic, as the elite races and the mass participation run bring the city together in a celebration of running.

– Jessica Ennis-Hill



Healthcare devolution: A 'poisoned chalice' for councils?

Experts have voiced concerns over the potential risks - both financial and in terms of quality of care - in proposals to give councils in Greater Manchester full control over the region's health budget.

Richard Humphries, assistant director of the King's Fund think tank, said the changes - on the "nuclear end" of the spectrum - could turn out to be a "poisoned chalice" for local authorities.

Depending on the detail - and the detail is really crucial and we don't have that yet - you could either see this as a triumph for local democracy or creating real risks of yet another reorganisation of the NHS when it's barely recovered from the last one.

If the plan is to give the money to local government, the words 'chalice' and 'poisoned' perhaps spring to mind.

– Richard Humphries, King's Fund

Devolving health budgets 'will create postcode lottery'

Handing over healthcare budgets to local councils risks creating a postcode lottery for patients, with differing priorities and levels of care between different regions, critics have warned.

It comes after surprise government plans emerged to hand Greater Manchester councils responsibility for its entire £6 billion NHS budget.

Ukip health spokeswoman Louise Bours said the plans could be 'disastrous' Credit: PA

Ukip health spokeswoman Louise Bours said the plans opened the door for councillors to use the money for political purposes rather than for the good of the local population.

What the Tories are proposing for Manchester is a recipe for yet another disastrous postcode lottery in the health system.

What qualifications do they have for this role? Who will be accountable? Who can we blame when it all goes wrong?

It will simply lead to the kind of unfairness we have already seen in the Scottish system, when residents there get free prescriptions for instance, while the rest of the country does not.

– Louise Bours, Ukip

Osborne: Manchester NHS plan 'very exciting'

George Osborne has confirmed the Government is "discussing a plan" to give Greater Manchester control over its entire NHS budget.

The Chancellor called it "a very exciting development", saying: "We have a National Health Service, but we also want to have people in Manchester having greater control over their own affairs."

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