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Northern Rock to pay former finance director £270,000

Northern Rock is to hand around £270,000 to a former director following the controversial sale of the nationalised bank to Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Money.

Former finance director Jim McConville is to receive the payout through a long-term incentive plan (LTIP), put in place in April 2010, in two payments in 2013 and 2014.

The payout is likely to be confirmed in Northern Rock’s next annual report – expected in June – but can be revealed by the Guardian as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request that UK Financial Investments, the body that looks after the bailed-out banks, attempted to block.

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Marcus Williamson | The Guardian | 11th April 2012

NHS patients sent home at night ‘to free up hospital beds’   

Official figures show that up to 400,000 patients were discharged from wards between 11pm and 6am throughout the country last year.

Some hospitals discharged nearly one in 10 patients late at night, according to the statistics released under Freedom of Information laws.

Hospital managers suggested the practice was occurring “under the radar” and admitted it was likely being used as a way of creating beds despite generally being not in a patient’s best interest.

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Andrew Hough | The Telegraph | 12th April 2012

Staff at BBC Salford get minders after being shot at with air rifles

A handful of workers at the £200million MediaCityUK complex – home to BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 live and Match of the Day – have fallen victim to crime in the past year.

The head of security for Peel Media Group which owns and polices the site, wrote in the same email that guards were “constantly patrolling” and 300 CCTV cameras were monitoring security.

There have been a number of thefts of laptops, iPads and mobile phones there, according to information obtained from the BBC and Greater Manchester Police by a freedom of information request.

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Anita Singh | The Telegraph | 12th April 2012

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