Magazine article Public Finance

News: In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

News: In Brief

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* Trade and Industry secretary Alan Johnson has insisted that power will not fail even if it is a hard winter. He told MPs: Those that predicted that the lights might go off this winter unnecessarily worried some very vulnerable and elderly people. That's not going to happen under any scenario whatsoever/

*The Department of Health has appealed to GPs to direct any spare flu vaccine to old and vulnerable people amid reports of surgeries running out Health secretary Patricia Hewitt ordered an urgent review of the government's flu prevention campaign.

*The NHS could soon face a nursing shortage because of financial uncertainty, redundancies, retirements and the global competition for nurses, the Royal College of Nursing warned this week. The RCN said the UK was vulnerable to an exodus of nurses.

* More than 260,000 east Europeans have applied to work in Britain since their countries joined the European Union in May last year, according to Home Office figures. …

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