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February 10, 2016 9 Comments By Patrick Worrall

A junior doctor holds a placard during a strike outside Manchester University Hospital in Manchester, Britain February 10, 2016. English doctors staged their second 24-hour strike on Wednesday over government plans to reform pay and conditions for working anti-social hours, in a move health chiefs have warned could put patients' lives at risk. REUTERS/Phil Noble  - RTX26AKH
“Tired doctors make mistakes.” This slogan is being displayed on placards around England as junior doctors go on strike for the second time.

The 24-hour industrial action involves more than 160 pickets. Doctors voted for it after talks between the government and the doctors’ union, the BMA, broke down again last month.

Many of the strikers and their supporters are keen to get the message across that their grievances are about patient safety rather than just pay and conditions.

But will junior doctors be more tired under the new contract?

The analysis

On the face of it, no. The government’s offer to junior doctors, set out in November last year, claimed that the new contract would limit unsafe hours. (more…)

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February 8, 2016 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The claim “If we can get this deal in Europe, if we can this renegotiation fixed and we can stay in a reformed Europe, you know what you get… you know that the borders stay in

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February 5, 2016 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Britain has pledged to take in 4,000 Syrian refugees a year until 2020. Will they, like asylum claimants, end up living in the country’s poorest areas?

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February 3, 2016 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Women and children now outnumber men among people trying to get into Europe, according to a charity. Fact or fiction?

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February 2, 2016 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Prime Minister says he has persuaded Brussels to give Britain a blueprint for “substantial change”. Reality or rhetoric?

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Black graduates earn a quarter less than their white peers, new figures suggest. Rampant racism – or something more complex?

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January 25, 2016 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Make mine a Double Irish… multinationals like Google have been accused of aggressive tax planning. Has Britain’s HMRC really put a stop to it?

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January 21, 2016 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

On 1 November 2006 Alexander Litvinenko, an former officer with Russia’s FSB intelligence agency now living in London, collapsed after drinking tea with an ex-colleague, Andrei Lugovoi.

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January 18, 2016 8 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Muslim women could be deported if they fail a new English test – or so the headline-writers would have us believe. What are the facts?

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January 6, 2016 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

North Korea’s leaders say the communist country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. Should we believe them? Should we panic?

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