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University of Surrey reveals it tested 2,500 animals

University of Surrey reveals it tested 2,500 animals

More than 2,500 animals have been used in experiments in the last year at the University of Surrey, bosses have confirmed.

It said the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences used 2,371 mice, 124 rats, 16 guinea pigs and five rabbits.

The figures were released after a Freedom of Information request from animal rights activists Luke Beevers.

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BBC | 24th May 2012

Cataracts surgery ‘restricted across half of England’

Patients left unable to read or drive are having to wait until their sight deteriorates even further to qualify for surgery in some areas, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has found.

Those in the south east are being particularly badly affected by the restrictions, widely thought to be a result of tighter health budgets.

Freedom of Information requests lodged by the RNIB found 57 per cent of England’s 152 primary care trusts used ‘visual acuity’ thresholds to determine who qualified for surgery.

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Stephen Adams | The Telegraph | 24th May 2012

Three-quarters of crimes in Dorset last year unsolved

More than three-quarters of crimes committed in Dorset last year remain unsolved, police figures show.

Of the crimes reported to Dorset Police in 2011, 78% remain undetected, with no-one being charged or prosecuted.

Police solved 272 out of 1,899 dwelling burglaries and 240 out of 4,336 of vehicle crimes, a rate of 5.5%.

The figures, obtained by the Dorset Echo under the Freedom of Information Act, also shows the rate of undetected crime has gone up slightly since 2010.

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BBC | 24th May 2012

In Ghana the government drags its feet in passing freedom of information bill

Civil and human right organizations are on the neck of the Atta Mills administration; piling pressure on him to hasten the process of passing the Freedom of Information Bill which has been in parliament since 2009.

Having made the Freedom of Information matter a campaign issues in the 2008 presidential election to the extent of stating it in their manifesto, and the many assurances that the Vice president John Mahama gave after they won the election, Ghanaians are beginning to see the delay as one of government’s failure to fulfill its many campaign promises.

“We note that the NDC saw the importance of an RTI law when it stated in its manifesto for the 2008 elections in its declared crusade to fight corruption that it would ‘enact a Freedom of Information Bill so the public has access to official information’ when voted into power (2008 NDC Manifesto). We also recall that soon after the Mills administration came into office, the President himself, the Vice-President and several Ministers of State did not miss the opportunity to assure Ghanaians of the commitment of the government to ensure the passage of the RTI Bill into law. In the light of all these public commitments made to the good people of Ghana, it is shocking to hear this new tune of the Majority Leader.”

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Francis L Sackitey | News Times Africa | 24 May 2012

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