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General Election 2019: Don’t politicise health service – NHS boss

General Election 2019: Don’t politicise health service – NHS boss

Health
Media playback is unsupported on your device Parties should not use the NHS as "a political weapon" in the election campaign, health service bosses say.NHS Providers chief Chris Hopson said "over-dramatising NHS difficulties" or making "disingenuous" funding claims did the service "no favours".Both the Tories and Labour are vowing to spend billions to improve care.But Mr Hopson, who acts for health trust leaders in England, urged parties not to make "empty promises" or create "unrealistic expectations".The long-term future of the NHS and social care is likely to be a key battleground in the run-up to the 12 December election. The Tories are expected to trumpet extra spending on the health service in England, including a £2.7bn investment for s
Iraq deploys Counter-Terrorism Service in response to nationwide protests

Iraq deploys Counter-Terrorism Service in response to nationwide protests

World
Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi deployed the country's elite Counter-Terrorism Service on Sunday in response to nationwide protests. The forces said the move was meant to control violent protests centered in Baghdad and Nasiriya that began on Friday opposing corruption and calling for a reform of the country's political system. "Counter-Terrorism Service forces have been deployed in some areas of Baghdad to protect state buildings from undisciplined elements taking advantage of security forces being busy with protecting protests and protesters," the forces said in a statement. The U.N. Iraqi High Commission on Human Rights said 74 people were killed over the three-day period, most while attempting to enter political party headquarters. Most were shot to death by se...
Samsung Pay is rolling out a money transfer service for US users

Samsung Pay is rolling out a money transfer service for US users

Finance
Samsung Pay's money transfer service, launched in partnership with Finablr.Samsung and FinablrSamsung has teamed up with financial technology firm Finablr on a money transfer service for its payments app.U.S. users of Samsung Pay will now be able to send money to people in 47 countries including India, Mexico and China, with the option to deposit directly into a recipient's bank account or transfer to a local cash pickup point.Users will be able to see the transfer fee and exchange rate upfront before paying someone. The feature is being powered by Finablr subsidiary Travelex.Both companies claimed the new feature was the first to offer foreign exchange in a native mobile wallet in the U.S. Google Pay currently lets people transfer funds within the U.S., while Apple Cash supports...
Home births at risk as midwife service collapses

Home births at risk as midwife service collapses

Health
Hundreds of mothers-to-be have lost access to their midwives after a community service was forced to close. Women across the north-west of England and in Essex have been affected after One to One announced it was withdrawing the services it provided for the NHS.The company said the contracts it had did not pay enough to make the service financially viable.One to One specialises in home births, which means some women may have to give birth in hospital against their wishes. Gemma's story: 'I'm heartbroken' One of the women who is immediately affected by One to One's closure is Gemma Davies, who is 41 weeks pregnant and could go into labour at any time. The 35-year-old mother of two said she...