Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Long Wait for a Bed

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Long Wait for a Bed

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Six per cent of hospital patients had to wait in casualty for 12 hours or more to get a bed or room, according to a survey published today.

Just over half of the 95,000 patients questioned by the Department of Health were admitted to hospitals during 2001 and 2002 as emergencies, with the remainder admitted directly to wards from waiting lists.

Fly the nest

PARENTS are giving their children an average of pounds 8,000 to encourage them to leave home and buy their own house, according to a new report today by Skipton Building Society.

Curfew rap

CURFEW plans in one of Home Secretary David Blunkett's centrepiece criminal justice bills may break human rights laws, it was claimed today. A coalition of 13 children's charities said it would "unfairly punish" youngsters simply for being children.

Fighting back

A TORY MP was today meeting jailed Norfolk farmer Tony Martin, pictured, to discuss a campaign to prevent burglars getting legal aid to sue for compensation if they are injured during the course of a break-in. …

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