£543m cost of botched Tory NHS reforms: Cuts leave hospitals in critical condition
Ministers have spent £543million in the past two years to rescue hospitals struggling to keep afloat because of the Government’s NHS cuts and reforms.
Figures obtained by the Daily Mirror reveal dozens of hospital trusts in England have had to be bailed out with emergency funding.
Since 2011, 13 trusts have received £299million from the Department of Health because they ran into serious financial difficulties.
Details obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request show the Department of Health spent £254million in 2011-12 and £45million this financial year on additional support for NHS Trusts which had run into financial trouble. Read more.
Jason Beattie | The Mirror | 27th February 2013
Oxford University accused of bias against ethnic minority applicants
Figures obtained under Freedom of Information Act reveal white applicants up to twice as likely to get place, despite same grades
Oxford University has been accused of “institutional bias” against black and minority ethnic students after figures revealed that white applicants to some of the most competitive courses are up to twice as likely to get a place as others, even when they get the same A-level grades.
Figures for applications to the university in 2010 and 2011, obtained by the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that 25.7% of white applicants received an offer to attend the university, compared with 17.2% of students from ethnic minorities. Read more.
Kurien Parel and James Ball | The Guardian | 26th February 2013
Police dial up a £16k phone call row
Matthew Sinclair of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said the bill run up by Greater Manchester force since April 2010 “beggars belief”.
He added: “Taxpayers will be aghast that their cash has been spent like that when there is real pressure on budgets. There are plenty of other ways of checking phone numbers or the time.”
Greater use of the internet actually led to a big decrease in calls to the 118 and 123 numbers last year, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal. Read more.
The Express | 26th February 2013