News in 5 Minutes: Medical body confirms the effectiveness of junior doctors strike, Theresa May rules out immigration points system, and strictly Ed Balls


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (5 September) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes a leading medical body confirming the effectiveness of junior doctors strike, Theresa May ruling out the idea of an immigration points system, and strictly Ed Balls 

News: General Medical Council confirms junior doctors strike action will be effective

Junior doctors strike on to begin on 12 September 

The General Medical Council (GMC) has warned that a five day junior doctors strike, set to begin on Monday 12 September, will be effective in disrupting service. Junior doctors have repeatedly appealed that they do not want to engage in the industrial action, which will cause short-term disruption to patient care. However, they argue that UK health minister Jeremy Hunt has been intransigent over their concerns about patient safety under government reforms to create a seven day NHS, doctors say without proper funding.

Clutha Helicopter crash may have been caused by technical fault

An early report into the crash of a police helicopter into Glasgow’s Clutha bar in November claimed that a technical fault may have been to blame for the accident, it has been revealed. The official report into the crash that killed 10 and injured 31 , blamed pilot error, but the earlier finding suggests there may have been a range of technical issues with the helicopter’s fuel tank.

Politics: Theresa May rules out the implementation of a points based immigration system

Key demand of ‘Brexiteers’ dropped

Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out a points based immigration system during her visit to China. The system, based on Australian immigration policy, was a key demand of the Leave campaign during the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, and was backed by figures including Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson.

Nicola Sturgeon seeking ‘coalition’ with Conservative ministers over Brexit plans

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she is willing to create a “coalition” with UK Government minister in order to secure the UK’s place within the EU single market. The SNP leader said that a second referendum on Scottish Independence was “highly likely”

Questions raised over appointment of corporate lobbyist to independence economics commission

Campaigners have raised concerns over the appointment of Andrew Wilson, a founder of the Charlotte Street Partners public relations group, to a new commission on economics in an independent Scotland. The outfit has ties to numerous corporate ventures as well as the SNP.

Sport: Scotland thrash Malta in first qualifying match

Scotland 5 Malta 1

Scotland has won its first World Cup qualifying match by beating the tiny Island nationa of Malta 5-1. Scotland has an ignominous record in recent years of failing to qualify for international tournaments. So, you know, its about time.

Culture: The Cheviot, the Stagg and the Black Black Oil

Play explores impact of corporate activity on rural Scotland

The classic Scottish play about the influence of capitalism on rural Scotland, The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black Black Oil is showing at the Dundee Rep theatre till 10 September. The award-winning production gets a positive review from former socialist MSP Carolyn Leckie on the National.

Weather: Hopes for an Indian Summer

Possibility of hotter weather ahead 

Scotland is set for a week of late summer sunshine! About time…

And another thing: Strictly Ed Balls

The former shadow chancellor, and the architect under former chancellor Gordon Brown much modern UK fiscal policy got his dancing shoes on for the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing show. But some were less than impressed by Ed Balls moves.

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