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Health minister threatened with ejection from royal college

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Earl Howe’s position on advisory committee under threat as doctors claim he ‘mis-sold’ health reforms

A health minister is facing the humiliation of being ousted from a prestigious role within the Royal College of Physicians over claims that he falsely reassured doctors who feared the coalition would privatise of the NHS.

Earl Howe’s position on an advisory committee is being reviewed following a complaint. Six influential members of the professional body that represents doctors wrote to its president, Sir Richard Thompson, claiming that the minister was “not a fit person to fulfil this important role”. Thompson has launched an investigation by the College’s trustees into Howe’s probity.

The senior doctors claim that Howe, a former banker, falsely advised them that reforms under the health and social care bill would not force doctors to use market mechanisms to choose where patients will be treated.

According to the doctors, the regulations will mean that clinical commissioning groups – the bodies to be set up by GPs to organise patients’ care – will have to put services out to tender if there is more than one provider capable of offering particular treatments. This means NHS hospitals and services will have to compete with private health firms for business.

Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said there had been a breakdown in trust between health professionals and government, adding: “This whole issue has become a crisis of trust for the department of health. There would be a straight forward breach of trust given that statements ministers have given have not been honoured.

“The medical profession feels the government has mis-sold its NHS reforms. It was sold on the principle that doctors would be in control but in fact it will be the market that will decide.”

A spokeswoman confirmed that Thompson, and “in the interest of probity”, had “referred the issue to the board of trustees and would report back in June”.

She said the Friends of the RCP, the committee on which Howe serves, is an informal advisory group, including past presidents and officers, and figures from finance, industry, and other charities, that plays no role in the governance or management of the RCP but offers advice in areas such as effective fundraising.

The coalition denies the regulations will force doctors to put services out to tender, believing it will give GPs the ability to select a variety of providers and will improve standards.

Advisers warn UK CO2 emissions ‘up’

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The officially appointed Climate Change Committee warns the UK’s CO2 emissions are rising, not falling as ministers claim.

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YouView launch ads banned

Category : Business

Advertising Standards Authority upholds complaint by Virgin Media that claims about the service being ‘unique’ were untrue

Virgin Media has won a victory against fledgling rival YouView, getting its launch TV and press campaign banned after the advertising watchdog ruled that claims it is “unique” and the “easiest” service were untrue.

After a protracted development period, YouView launched last summer. It was backed with a £10m ad campaign that debuted in September, featuring stars including Gary Barlow and Benedict Cumberbatch. The service is a joint venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Arqiva, BT and TalkTalk to bring internet-connected TV to Freeview households.

Virgin Media lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority about claims made in the campaign, which ran on TV and in the Radio Times.

The claims included: “YouView is the easiest way to watch catchup TV, on your TV” and the assertion that its electronic programme function has a “unique scroll-back function”.

YouView produced its own customer research to back its claims, as well as conducting its own comparisons with rival services.

The ASA said that YouView had failed to ask the general, basic question about whether it was in fact the easiest way to watch catchup video on their TV sets.

“We concluded the claim had not been adequately substantiated,” the ASA said.

The watchdog also concluded that the “unique” claim was misleading as YouView is not the only service on the market offering a scroll-back function on its programme guide.

The ASA said the ads could not run again without changes and told YouView “to ensure they held adequate evidence to substantiate comparative claims and to ensure their claims were not misleading”.

In a double blow for YouView’s growth, the advertising regulator also ruled against a TV ad and direct mail campaign run by TalkTalk.

TalkTalk, which is aiming to add to its broadband and phone services by offering YouView TV, ran an ad campaign claiming it was offering free YouView set-top boxes to customers.

A complainant said the ad campaign was misleading as there was a £50 engineer installation cost, which the ASA agreed was in breach of rules promising “free” goods.

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Monarch rejected our compensation claim for delayed flight

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The airline is claiming the aircraft’s technical problems amount to ‘extraordinary circumstances’

My friend and I flew from London to Milan with Monarch Airlines on 21 June last year. There was a technical problem with the aircraft, which meant we eventually left Gatwick more than three hours late.

I wrote to Monarch after I returned from Italy to ask about compensation, but they said they wouldn’t pay any in this case. Then I saw a recent article about the European ruling on flight delays and, on the back of this, formally applied for compensation again a couple of weeks ago. I don’t believe the response I received from Monarch is fair. I don’t think technical difficulties represent an “extraordinary circumstance” as they claim. MD, London

You are not alone in your frustrations: thousands of passengers are currently trying to claim compensation for delayed flights since the law changed – but the response from airlines is mixed. Some people are being awarded the money they are apparently entitled to, some are being turned down.

To clarify, since October 2012 air passengers who have suffered delays of three hours or more at an airport within the EU have been able to claim back as much as £480 plus expenses per person. The claims can be retrospective for up to six years. Airlines can only get out of paying if a delay is caused by “extraordinary circumstances” – essentially, any situation outside their control. However, what appears to be happening is that airlines are routinely citing such circumstances even when there weren’t any.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which now looks after passenger complaints, says it is seeing many of these cases. It claims that complexities around what exactly constitutes “extraordinary circumstances” can bring a mechanical fault into that category – but not always.

However, last month a raft of changes was unveiled by the European commission aimed at removing “grey areas” in airline passenger rights while flying within the EU. One of the changes seeks to clarify “extraordinary circumstances” for compensation. The updated rules say that only natural disasters and air traffic control strikes can be defined as extraordinary; technical problems identified during routine aircraft maintenance can not.

Although these new rules, if approved by member states, will not become law until 2015, we think you could use the guidance to help argue your case. You should first approach the CAA to look at your complaint – but be warned, because the authority is deluged it is taking weeks, sometimes months, to resolve complaints.

We also know of a number of people who are trying their hand in the small claims court with these claims. We would recommend this route once you have contacted the CAA. A judge in Staffordshire recently awarded a couple £680 after their Thomas Cook flight was delayed in 2009. The couple’s claim had been turned down by the airline.

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Actress claim against IMDb rejected

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An actress who sued after her age was posted on its Internet Movie Database has her claim rejected by a federal jury in Seattle.

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Whyte loses £18m Ticketus battle

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Craig Whyte is ordered to pay £18m to the finance firm Ticketus after losing a claim against him at the High Court in London.

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Post Office to offer current account

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The Post Office is to offer current accounts in the UK, following a regulator’s claim that the market offers little choice for consumers.

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Investors launch £4bn RBS claim

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Thousands of investors launch a compensation claim for up to £4bn against Royal Bank of Scotland and four of its former bosses.

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SPL faces £1.7m ‘TV dispute’ claim

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The Scottish Premier League faces a £1.7m damages claim over its bid to stop a pub group screening live matches via a Polish broadcaster.

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Claimants Urged to Beat ‘No Win, No Fee’ Deadline

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CREWE, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwire – March 22, 2013) - Claimants wishing to make a personal injury claim have been advised to act fast before proposed government legislation abolishes the ‘no win, no fee’ system.

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