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Hurricane Ophelia: Warnings as storm heads to UK

The Met Office has warned of “potential danger to life” as Hurricane Ophelia makes its way towards the British Isles. It has issued an amber warning in Northern Ireland, where all schools are to be closed on Monday. The Republic of Ireland’s counterpart office, Met Eireann, issued a red wind warning across the country. The hurricane will have weakened into […]

Why I secretly filmed my disability assessment

Every month 60,000 ill and disabled people have their needs assessed for benefits. Some are so worried about the process that they are using mobile phones to secretly record those interviews, critics say. But using that evidence to overturn a decision is not straightforward. In 2015, Nev Cartwright sat down with his specialist at a hospital in Leeds. He was […]

Street life

Moss Side has long been associated with drugs, gangs and violence. But a collection of rarely seen images paint a very different picture of one of Manchester’s most notorious neighbourhoods. When Daniel Meadows moved to the city in 1970, he had a less than complimentary view of it. “It was a big dark city, it was very dirty, it was […]

Top of the stops

Neither synonymous with glamour nor a byword for luxury, England’s best motorway service stations have unveiled after a comprehensive survey… but the services from hell are named and shamed too. Transport Focus attempted to outdo even Alan Partridge’s encyclopaedic knowledge of service stations with its study of 112 pit-stops. In compiling the momentous list, the travel watchdog questioned 8,700 customers […]

Missing data ‘may put private patients at risk’

Patients may be being put at risk by the failure of private hospitals to report serious incidents, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has warned. A Panorama investigation found private hospitals are not reporting enough data on patient outcomes. This means the private sector “cannot be as robust or as safe as the NHS”, RCS president Derek Alderson said. The […]