THE new chief executive of beleaguered phone line NHS 24 has quit his post only six months after his appointment.

Source: New chief executive quits NHS 24 six months after being appointed (From Herald Scotland)


A training document released last week by the Vatican, which was issued to newly inducted bishops, states that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that “only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police.”

Source: Catholic church tells bishops that it’s ‘not necessarily’ their duty to report sex abuse by priests | DeadState


reflect behavior differences

Source: Penn Medicine ‘brain road maps’ reflect behavior differences between males and females – Medical News Today


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There’s real concern that some of the private healthcare companies seeking to profit from NHS contracts include firms like Virgin Healthcare, who avoid paying tax in Britain through registration in offshore tax havens. 38 Degrees, the internet political petitioning group, have set up a petition in Bristol to stop such firms getting contracts in the Bristol NHS. According to the group, we’ve got about two weeks to stop parliament from opening up the health service to these profiteers. I signed the petition against them earlier this evening. If you have similar concerns about the NHS in Bristol, and wish to sign, here’s the link:

http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-tax-avoiders-out-of-bristol-nhs-1

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U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads.

Source: Exclusive: In boost to self-driving cars, U.S. tells Google computers can qualify as drivers | Reuters



Mary Cameron has signed a petition against the closure of children’s services in Oxfordshire. The austerity programme is set to lead to rebellion by rural Tories

Source: David Cameron’s mother has spoken out against cuts – will her son finally listen? | Patrick Butler | Opinion | The Guardian


Disabled campaigners have expressed alarm after work began on a huge new “care village” for autistic adults, despite concerns raised by the local council. The £4 million project will see a 40-unit “specialist care centre” on land in North Shields, with the first residents expected to move in early next year. The project is headed by Lenore Specialist Care, a company that already runs a 23-bed residential home for adults with learning difficulties in nearby Whitley Bay. The local authority, North Tyneside council, appeared to demonstrate its approval through a photograph sent out by Triodos, the “ethical” bank funding the scheme, which showed the council’s chair, Cllr Gary Bell, digging the first turf, although the council later blamed an administrative error for Bell’s decision to take part. Such a scheme contrasts with the government’s national autism strategy, Think Autism, which says that adults with autism “should be able to benefit fully from mainstream public services to live

Source: Alarm over huge new ‘care village’ for autistic adults | DisabledGo News and Blog


A disabled woman was left alone on the side of the road after a bus driver ignored her pleas to lower a wheelchair ramp correctly and refused to allow her despairing friend to disembark. Melody Powell says she was “innocently filming the bus” to demonstrate to her American boyfriend how wheelchair ramps work on UK transport, and while doing so managed to capture the remarkable series of errors. In the video, posted to Facebook group Shit London, the bus approaches the raised paving surrounding the stop but manages to misalign with the pavement, meaning its ramp couldn’t properly extend. Rather than reversing to extend the ramp, the bus driver closes the doors, retracts the mechanism and drives off, leaving Melody alone in the cold. “Are you with somebody?” a passerby asks, before pointing out, “But she’s on the bus!” Melody now says issues around disability access need to be highlighted “as this isn’t the first time” she’s encountered difficulties. Melody wrote on Facebook: On Friday a

Source: Disabled woman films moment bus driver fails to extend wheelchair ramp properly then drives off regardless | DisabledGo News and Blog


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A bus driver left a disabled woman in tears after allegedly shouting and swearing at her boyfriend when he asked for the ramp to be lowered to help her get on board.

Robert Greenwood, the partner of wheelchair-bound Karen McDonald, claimed that the 289 driver in Croydon, South, London, told them: ‘For f**** sake, can’t you get the next one?’

Mr Greenwood, 49, said that he had told the driver he was going to report him, before he got out of his booth and screamed at the couple.

The father-of-two said: ‘My partner was discriminated against just because of her disability. We travel on buses all the time and the staff are usually fantastic with us – we’ve never experienced anything like this before.

‘When I asked for the ramp to be lowered for me to wheel her on, he muttered “for f***’s sake, can’t you get the next one?”

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