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Private consultants paid at least £26m in NHS shake-up

17/12/2018 Ben Quinn 0

BMA calls it ‘unacceptable’ to see so much money ‘flowing away from patient care’Private consultants have been paid at least £26m as part of the reorganisation of the NHS, in what the doctors’ union described as an “unacceptable” transfer of money away…

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One in four evening and weekend GP appointments unused

01/10/2018 Ben Quinn 0

NHS England claims seven-day GP policy is popular despite low take-up on SundaysResearch suggesting that one in four evening and weekend GP appointments in England are going unfilled has been described as “shocking” by critics of the government’s contr…

Confessions from the City: why firms are failing to tackle the cocaine crisis

10/09/2017 Ben Quinn 0

Workers in London’s financial district share their experiences of a rampant drugs culture

The week before Christmas, and a party at one sales firm in the City of London turned out to be “somewhat eventful”. Two members of staff were ejected – in full view of their colleagues and the directors – after being caught snorting lines of cocaine in a toilet cubicle.

Looking back, a senior employee recalls his surprise days later when the same directors made it known that nothing would be said to those involved, let alone any action taken. “I was somewhat perplexed and asked why, because I thought it would send the wrong message – that we condone drug use,” he said. “They answered: ‘We were in the other cubicle moments before doing the same thing – so how can we discipline anyone?’ ”

Related: City workers: what are attitudes to cocaine use in your industry?

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