All articles by: Ian Hernon

‘Injustice’ as patients denied care costs

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Medical opinions have been ignored in the assessment of NHS payments to patients, in some cases denying them care. Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb MP (pictured) said England-wide data obtained …

Legal bills threaten NHS care

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The National Audit Office warned that rising cost of litigation is threatening the financial health of the NHS in England. The bill for clinical negligence has quadrupled in the last …

Tunisia marriage law relaxed

Published: September 22, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The Tunisian government has overturned a law that banned women from marrying non-Muslims. Until now, a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Tunisian Muslim woman had to convert to …

Westminster Watch

Published: September 21, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

With a Tory government on the ropes, and behaving like a traumatised rabble, isn’t it about time the Labour Party reclaimed it natural constituency amongst the working class and trade …

O’Grady hits out at May over Brexit

Published: September 18, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady accused the prime minister of making unrealistic demands for how the UK will operate after its EU exit. At the TUC annual conference in Brighton, …

Cancelled operations shock

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Labour analysis of NHS England data revealed a 13 per cent annual increase in the number of cancelled urgent operations, with 337 compared to 299 for the same month.

Peña Nieto defiant

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, in his first state of the union address since Donald Trump came to power, said he will not accept any proposal that goes against national …

News in brief

Published: September 9, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

UK gross domestic product (GDP) was estimated to have increased by 0.3 per cent during the second quarter of the year compared with previous quarter — unchanged on the preliminary …

Profits rocket for PFI builders

Published: September 8, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Companies which built NHS hospitals in England under the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) have made pre-tax profits of £831 million over the past six years and are set to make …

Labour softens tone on Brexit

Published: August 30, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

In a nuanced U-turn designed to exploit Tory Brexit turmoil, Labour said it would keep the UK in the EU single market and customs union for a transitional period after …

Irish PM issues warning over Brexit

Published: August 5, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

Irish premier Leo Varadkar has warned that “time is running out” to get the best outcome for Eire in Brexit negotiations. During his first visit to Belfast since taking office, …

Row over prisons ‘mismanagement’

Published: August 5, 2017
Written by Ian Hernon

The government has been embroiled in an extraordinary war of words over “mismanagement” of prisons in England and Wales. Prison Governors Association president Andrea Albutt, following recent violence at prisons …