Tag Archives: The Guardian

People with mental illnesses refused access to insurance cover

Mental health People with mental illnesses refused access to insurance cover Exclusive: Insurance firms deny discrimination, with 7/7 victim among those turned down Case studies: ‘I didn’t know why I’d been declined’ People who have suffered even mild depression have been refused life insurance, the Guardian has learned. (Picture posed by models). Photograph: Alamy Insurers have been accused of depriving ...

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Jewish leaders call for London coroner to be fired over burial delays

Judaism Jewish leaders call for London coroner to be fired over burial delays Board of Deputies of British Jews says Mary Hassell has lost confidence of Jewish community Hassell’s jurisdiction covers Hackney, home to the biggest concentration of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Europe. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Jewish leaders have called for a senior London coroner to be sacked, saying she ...

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Carillion collapse expected to further delay building at two major hospitals

Carillion Carillion collapse further delays building at two major hospitals BMA demands answers as work stops at Royal Liverpool and Midland Metropolitan Construction at Carillion’s Royal Liverpool hospital site was already behind schedule before the collapse. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters The chair of the British Medical Association has demanded answers about the future of two major hospitals that Carillion was building ...

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Experts, industry and PM pour cold water on Boris Johnson's bridge

Boris Johnson Experts, industry and PM pour cold water on Boris Johnson’s bridge No 10 leads criticism of 22-mile roadway to France engineers say would be expensive An aerial image of the Jiaozhou Bay bridge in Qingdao, east China, the world’s longest bridge over water at more than 25 miles. Photograph: Yan Runbo/AP As ideas go, it has not been ...

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‘I began my career as a single mum’: female QCs changing the face of law

Law ‘I began my career as a single mum’: female QCs changing the face of law Just 32 women are among this year’s 119 new QCs, but they hope their success will inspire others Amanda Weston: ‘It’s great that someone like me can make an impact at the bar.’ Photograph: Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi for the Guardian A barrister who forged ...

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Hundreds of MPs call on supermarkets to scrap plastic packaging

Plastics Hundreds of MPs call on supermarkets to scrap plastic packaging Cross-party group of 200 MPs have written to the major supermarkets, as pressure grows over the huge amounts of plastic waste they generate Major supermarkets in the UK create more than 800,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste each year. Photograph: Will Rose/Greenpeace Two hundred cross-party MPs are calling on ...

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Woman jailed after backing out of suicide pact with man

Crime Woman jailed after backing out of suicide pact with man Natasha Gordon sentenced to four years for encouraging Matthew Birkinshaw to kill himself Natasha Gordon arriving at Leicester crown court to be sentenced. Photograph: Josh Payne/PA A woman has been jailed for four years after entering a suicide pact with a man, then leaving him to die alone. Natasha ...

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Would-be parents moving house to get free IVF on NHS

IVF Would-be parents moving house to get free IVF on NHS Doctor at hospital with UK’s largest sperm bank says discriminatory funding system behind relocation A reproductive scientist checks embryos and sperm at the UK’s largest sperm bank at Saint Mary’s hospital in Manchester. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Many would-be parents are moving house in order to access ...

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Oxford student rape case dropped days before trial

Crown Prosecution Service Oxford student rape case dropped days before trial Judge criticises police and CPS after no evidence is offered against Oliver Mears, 19, in latest trial collapse The trial collapse comes after Scotland Yard announced a review of all its sex crime investigations where a suspect has been charged. Photograph: Clara Molden/PA A judge has criticised police and ...

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Builder's murder plot inspired by acid-bath killer, court hears

UK news Builder’s murder plot inspired by acid-bath killer, court hears Mujahid Arshid researched methods used by John George Haigh while planning to rape and kill two women, jury told Vincent Tappu (left) and Mujahid Arshid in the dock of the Old Bailey, London. Illustration: Elizabeth Cook/PA An obsessed builder was “inspired” by an infamous acid bath killer as he ...

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