Thursday, February 25, 2010

What Thursday's papers are saying

The worse hospital scandal for 10 years says the Independent as it reports that Andy Burnham, the Health Secretary, announced an unprecedented five separate reviews of measures to protect patients yesterday.

Up to 1,200 people lost their lives needlessly because Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust put government targets and cost-cutting ahead of patient care.says the Mail but adds that not a single official has been disciplined over the worst-ever NHS hospital scandal, it emerged last night.

No one on the board at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust has faced censure and all of them were either paid off, walked into another job or allowed to remain in post. The man who ran the hospital trust received a large pay-off despite his part in the scandal. adds the Telegraph

The Guardian says that the appalling picture painted by the commission - which described how some patients drank water from vases because they were so thirsty and how many had to rely on their families for food - was not exaggerated.

The Times
leads with an exclusive reporting that a night-time raid in eastern Afghanistan in which eight schoolboys from one family were killed was carried out on the basis of faulty intelligence and should never have been authorised,

Bullygate continues to hog the headlines.The head of the civil service has admitted discussing with Gordon Brown how he should treat his staff reports the Telegraph whilst the Guardian reports the latest revelations of Rawnsley's book

Gordon Brown repeatedly shouted at Tony Blair "you ruined my life" in the final confrontation that forced Blair to agree to announce a date by which he would stand down as prime minister

Meanwhile the Independent reports that the Tories received more than £10m towards their election war chest in just three months,far more than the other parties combined.

Though says the Times,the Electoral Commission revealed yesterday that The Conservatives have arranged to borrow up to £5 million from a boutique private bank once run by Jonathan Aitken.

According to the front of the Express,one in four mothers nowadays is single and 57 per cent of women with a child under 13 have never married or lived with a man.

Three Google executives were convicted on Wednesday of violating privacy laws by allowing disturbing footage of a disabled Italian boy being bullied to be posted on the internet reports the Telegraph.

The company vowed to appeal against the ruling, which it described as "an attack on the fundamental principles of freedom on which the internet was built" says the Guardian.

Meanwhile it folows upo its lead yesterday claiming that while Andy Coulson was still editor of the News of the World, the newspaper employed a freelance private investigator even though he had been accused of corrupting police officers and had just been released from a seven-year prison sentence for blackmail.

The big news from the redtops is that Cheryl Cole's divorce will be a quicky.

According to the Sun

The Girls Aloud beauty is also throwing herself into removing all traces of the Chelsea and England soccer ace from their Surrey mansion, especially photos.

Meanwhile according to the Mirror,Ashley thinks all this is Cheryl's fault for working too hard.

Finally the Mail is on hand to see the Queen's latest foray into public transport

the Queen is the last person you'd expect to see nipping through the gates on the Tube.Yesterday, however, she was spotted nosing around Aldgate Underground station.

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