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Labour have joined campaigners in rounding on a flagship reform to sickness and disability benefits, after it emerged 18,000 new claimants with the worst conditions each year will no longer face reassessments. The figure, confirmed after a Freedom of Information request, is equivalent to between 6% and 12% of people…
The number of young people contacting Childline about child sexual exploitation rose by a third last year. The charity delivered 3,122 counselling sessions to children and teenagers on the issue in 2016/17, up from 2,340 in 2015/16. Young people access the sessions by either ringing Childline, or contacting them online…
New laws could be introduced to protect women from being harassed and intimidated at abortion clinics, the Home Office has said. Home Secretary Amber Rudd has ordered an in-depth assessment of protests outside family planning clinics following concerns about the tactics used by some demonstrators. The review aims to gather…
Two distinguished surgeons have written to ministers urging them not to close congenital heart disease services at a leading London hospital. The Royal Brompton Hospital said the proposed closure of the unit - and world-leading adult congenital heart disease research centre - would "not be in the best interest of…
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