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In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

In Brief

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* The Royal College of Surgeons has claimed that the NHS faces a 2,760 shortfall in surgeons by 2010 because of early retirement and new working practices. The RCS suggested that as many as 4,000 surgeons could take early retirement by 2007 as they had reached their maximum achievable pension entitlement.

* Edinburgh City Council and the Scottish Executive have agreed to pay £600,000 in emergency funding to avert a cash crisis which threatened the Edinburgh International Festival. The cash is in addition to existing government grants of £1.5m.

* Hospital matrons would get new powers to tackle the MRSA superbug under new Tory proposals. Matrons would be able to overrule hospital chiefs to close dirty wards to ensure hygiene has a higher priority than central treatment targets, said Tory leader Michael Howard.

* Teacher shortages in Scotland have reached crisis point in some schools, a union has claimed. …

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