G4S contract to run sexual assault referral centres damned

Campaigners criticise ‘sell-off’ of sensitive services to private company that bungled Olympics security contractG4S, the controversial private security company, is to run services providing medical examinations and counselling for victims of rape and sexual assault in the West Midlands.The company has been awarded a three-year contract to take over two sexual assault referral centres (Sarcs) […]
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Breast cancer: second opinions spare women pointless surgery | Barbara Ellen

Patients with any serious ailment shouldn’t worry that they’ll cause offenceWhat woman didn’t feel appalled hearing of the case of surgeon Ian Paterson, currently suspended, under investigation for having performed “inappropriate or unnecessary” breast operations on more than 1,000 women, at the NHS Solihull hospital in the West Midlands and private clinics?Paterson is accused of […]
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Homeowners affected by HS2 to get access to hardship fund

Government makes announcement to quell concerns that some properties would become unsellable when rail link is builtHomeowners living along the proposed path of the high-speed rail link will be given access to a hardship scheme if they are unable to sell their house, even if is outside the area earmarked for development, the government has […]
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House sales suffer Olympic distraction

Rics says number of new instructions in August was unchanged from July, while prices continued to edge lowerThe number of potential homebuyers viewing properties dipped in August as the Olympics provided a distraction, although overall sales held firm, according to the latest report by surveyors.In the three months to August, chartered surveyors sold on average […]
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Theresa May backs outsourcing despite G4S Olympic security fiasco

Home secretary says police shouldn’t be discouraged from putting more services into the hands of the private sectorThe home secretary, Theresa May, has said the G4S Olympic security fiasco shouldn’t discourage police forces from putting more of their services into the hands of the private sector.She also ruled out a review of the government’s £1bn […]
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Capita buys Reliance Secure Task Management

Acquisition of medical assessment and criminal justice support services firm raises question marks over competing consortia for West Midlands police partnering programmeAcquisition of medical assessment and criminal justice support services firm raises question marks over competing consortia for West Midlands police partnering programmeCapita has announced that it has acquired forensic medical services, custody support and […]
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Letters: No room in the Olympic family for genuine sports fans

My 12-year-old daughter, a member of three sports clubs in Newham, started saving Christmas and birthday money to buy Olympics tick ets. Two weeks at home in the Olympic borough would replace an annual holiday. We spent hours trying  to make a purchase. Our saving and time spent clicking were rewarded with not a single […]
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West Midlands police says it remains committed to business partnering

Force to continue talks with bidders as part of ongoing market engagementWest Midlands police has expressed its disappointment at the decision of its business partnering for police (BPP) counterpart Surrey police to suspend its involvement in the two forces’ transformation programme.But West Midlands stressed that it remains committed to the project itself and said it […]
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Olympic security: London’s army Games

G4S is responsible for corporate dereliction on a spectacular scale, given the importance of Olympic Games securityFor months, Britain has been quietly confident about producing an Olympic Games in which, unlike some others, everything was delivered, if not on budget in every case, then generally efficiently and to time. After some spectacular rewriting of the […]
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