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Cancer waiting times 'at worst level ever' in England

Cancer waiting times 'at worst level ever' in England

Health
The key cancer target has been missed by a record margin in England, figures show.Patients who are given an urgent referral by their GP are meant to start treatment within 62 days.But in July, 78.2% were seen in that timeframe, the worst performance since records began in October 2009. It means more than 3,000 people waited longer than two months for treatment to begin.The target for the NHS is 85%, which was last hit in December 2015. The target is also being missed elsewhere in the UK.NHS England said there were rising numbers of cancer cases being referred - over the past years there has been a 5% increase alone.The past three months in particular have seen a significant increase in total cases.Planned surgery waitsIt comes as...
UK enjoyed 'greenest year for electricity ever' in 2017

UK enjoyed 'greenest year for electricity ever' in 2017

Science
The UK has achieved its greenest year ever in terms of how the nation's electricity is generated, National Grid figures reveal.The rise of renewable energy helped break 13 clean energy records in 2017.In June, for the first time, wind, nuclear and solar power generated more UK power than gas and coal combined.Britain has halved carbon emissions in the electricity sector since 2012 to provide the fourth cleanest power system in Europe and seventh worldwide.In April, the UK had its first 24-hour period without using any coal power since the Industrial Revolution.The government is committed to phasing out unabated coal by 2025 as part of efforts to cut the UK's greenhouse gas emissions in line with legal obligations. Separate findings from power research group MyGridGB show that renewable ene...