Key Quotes for 2013

Key Quotes for 2013

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The RSPCA has admitted killing healthy animals, saying too many cats and dogs are being bred. More than 3,400 animals were put down last year for non-medical reasons - including 1,676 dogs and cats that were destroyed for legal reasons or because they might suffer for other reasons - and 1,767 wild, exotic or farm animals. The total number "euthanised" last year was 53,183. The other 49,740 were destroyed for medical reasons. However, the RSPCA denied claims by one of its former inspectors that it killed more healthy animals than necessary.
EnvironmentThe Daily Telegraph Dec 31 2012
 
The controversial Liverpool Care Pathway for patients who are dying is "a fantastic step forward" in the way that hospitals support the terminally ill, Jeremy Hunt said yesterday. The pathway, designed to ease the suffering of patients in their last hours or days of life, has come under scrutiny in recent months. It can involve the removal of drugs, nutrition or hydration if they are judged to be of no benefit to the patient. Several families have complained that their relatives were put on the pathway without their knowledge, while some doctors have claimed it can hasten death. Mr Hunt, the Health Secretary, said the protocol was far better than alter¬native arrangements and allowed those close to death to be comforta¬ble and spend their last hours with their families
HealthThe Daily Telegraph Dec 31 2012
 
Doctors are increasingly likely to prescribe herbal remedies such as St John's Wort for depression rather than Prozac, a survey claims. As the 25th anniversary of Prozac, one of the most commonly used antidepressants, approaches next month, the survey by Schwabe Pharma found that more than one in four GPs would rather recommend herbal remedies. Prozac was prescribed 3.9 million times in 2011, a 9.2 per cent increase since 2010.
HealthThe Daily Telegraph Dec 31 2012
 
Female students are much more susceptible to binge drinking than their male counterparts, according to a new report. Young women feel the effects of alcohol quicker and live a more sedentary lifestyle than young men, the study found. Results of the research show that 56.1 per cent of female students are considered binge drinkers, as opposed to 41.3 per cent of males. Researchers studied student life¬styles monitoring their use of alcohol and illegal drugs, their diet and participation in sport. The study concluded that the majority of the student population indulged in unhealthy behaviour, particularly with regard to binge drinking and high consumption of alcohol.
Young PeopleThe Daily Telegraph Dec 31 2012
 
Thousands of elderly people are being kept in hospital needlessly after the number of district nurses fell by almost one fifth. Official NHS figures disclosed that the number of district nurses working in England declined from 7,813 in May 2010 to 6,424 in August this year. This represented an 18 per cent cut in the service, which provides nurses to visit elderly and disabled adults in their own homes, since the Coalition was formed. The fall coincided with a marked increase in the numbers of days that frail patients spent on hospital wards because of a shortage of adequate community health and care services….The number of days lost to this so-called "bed blocking" has risen by 38 per cent in recent months, at an estimated cost of £260 for every day that a patient remains in hospital unnecessarily. Labour said the NHS was losing £6 million a month as a result of patients who were being kept on wards when they should be cared for at home or in their local communities.
HealthThe Daily Telegraph Dec 31 2012
 
Winston Churchill, Admiral Lord Nelson and Oliver Cromwell are to be returned to the history curriculum to ensure children have a solid grasp of Britain's past. Schools will also be required to teach more facts and events to ensure children develop what Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has called a "connected narrative" of history. The key figures were among those dropped from the history curriculum by Labour in 2007, which wanted to give schools more flexibility about what to teach….Labour's history curriculum has been attacked from the Right for being driven by political correctness while some teaching it have also criticised its emphasis on teaching skills, saying it has failed to give children the bare bones of a historical education.
EducationThe Daily Telegraph Dec 31 2012
 
Britain is losing the war on cyber crime, a leading police officer has admitted, with the economy losing an estimated £35 billion every year to internet fraudsters. Commissioner Adrian Leppard, head of City of London Police, said online fraud was rising "exponentially", with the largest number of attacks originating from Eastern Europe and Russia. In a stark warning to MPs earlier this month, he said police were struggling to keep up with increasingly sophisticated internet criminals. Mr Leppard said half of all fraud in Britain, which costs the country £70 billion a year, is conducted online.
CrimeThe Daily Telegraph Dec 31 2012
 
More than 100 independent faith schools may be radicalising students, the Department for Education has warned in a secret memo which admits that officials are struggling to tackle extremism in state and private schools. Behind closed doors there are concerns about 118 "socially conservative" independent faith schools - the vast majority of them Muslim - where pupils may be encouraged to cut themselves off from mainstream society. Ministers have been told they do not have "detailed information" about the religious orientation of the groups behind all independent faith schools. Officials have also privately admitted that they also have no system to identify institutional extremism in state schools, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
EducationThe Daily Telegraph Dec 31 2012
 
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has urged parishioners to write to their MPs "as soon as possible" urging them to block the Government's same-sex marriage plans. The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, said they should write "clearly, calmly and forcefully" outlining their concerns. Among his fears are that children will no longer be taught about what he called "the true nature of marriage" in schools if legislation is passed allowing marriage between homosexuals. With the Bill on same-sex marriage due to be tabled in mid-January, the clock is now ticking. At least 130 Conservative MPs could vote against the Government on the issue, but many more would be needed to stop it becoming law.
PoliticsThe Daily Telegraph Dec 31 2012
 
Ed Miliband has unveiled plans to deliver a ‘living wage’ of at least £7.45 per hour for millions of people, if Labour wins the next election. Whitehall contracts would only go to firms paying the living wage, while those who paid less could be ‘named and shamed’, said the Labour leader. His speech came at the start of a week of events promoting the idea. Downing Street backed firms paying a living wage but said restricting contracts in this way could be illegal.
PoliticsThe Sentinel, November 6, 2012
 
Thousands of student places were left empty at elite Russell Group universities this year because of the Government's higher education reforms, a vice-chancellor has admitted. Leading institutions started the academic year with about 11,500 vacancies following an overhaul of admissions rules. Prof Sir Howard Newby, the vice-chancellor of Liverpool University, said the unfilled places were an "unintended consequence" of the changes and warned that the same situation could arise in 2013. It has already been disclosed that universities suffered a dip in admissions rates this year, but Sir Howard's comments are believed to be the first acknowledgement of the serious problems faced by some of the country's most sought-after universities.
EducationThe Daily Telegraph November 23 2012
 
A nursery forced to destroy 50,000 ash trees after a fungal disease was found is considering taking legal action against the Government for failing to block imports sooner. Simon Ellis of Crowders in Lincolnshire said ash dieback was found in 15 trees in June but officials issued a notice preventing the firm from taking action. Ministers said the import ban was brought in as soon as it was practical. The disease has now been confirmed at 82 locations in England and Scotland.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel, November 6, 2012
 
Badly fitted wood-burning stoves can be lethal, the Health Protection Agency has warned. They can cause death silently by leaking carbon monoxide into people's living rooms. About 40 people die each year across England and Wales from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning from a variety of sources. The HPA has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the danger before the winter
HealthThe Daily Telegraph November 23 2012
 
Millions of poor and middle-income households may be bypassed by any economic recovery, a report says. The Commission on Living Standards argues their quality of life could stagnate for the next decade. The group blames this prospect on the demise of administrative and manufacturing jobs in the UK economy. It calls for state subsidies to boost employment. “On current trends the outlook for the bottom half of the working population is bleak even once growth returns,” the commission warned.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel, November 1, 2012
 
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