David Cameron’s “friends and family” satisfaction survey of hospitals is regarded as unnecessary by the public and should be dropped in its current guise because it could be misleadingly negative about the NHS, according to a government-commissioned evaluation.
Under the prime minister’s plan, patients and staff will be able to score every hospital and GP in England on whether they would be happy for their loved ones to use the service. Cameron personally launched the scheme, which comes into place this month, claiming that it could act as a “flashlight” on the NHS’s failings.
However, a report from Ipsos Mori found a lack of interest among both staff and patients in the scheme. It also highlighted widespread concerns that the methodology subsequently chosen by the government for the survey would be misleading and advised that it should be dropped.
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Nearly 94 per cent of the cuts to household budgets this year will directly hit women, new figures revealed last night, as the battle over benefits switched to tax.
Cuts to child benefit and tax credits, and changes in personal taxation, that take effect in 2013-14 amount to a net £4bn off the family budget – £3.778bn of which comes from the purses of women, according research provided by the House of Commons Library for the Shadow Minister for Women and Equality, Yvette Cooper, who last night accused David Cameron and George Osborne of “shutting their eyes” to the impact their decisions were having on women, at the same time as cutting tax for the richest.
David Cameron ‘feeds fears of Christian persecution’, former Archbishop of Canterbury says – Telegraph
Lord Carey said it was a ”bit rich” to hear Mr Cameron tell religious leaders to face down aggressive secularisation when the Coalition seem to be ”aiding and abetting” such a practice.
In an article for the Daily Mail he wrote: ”I like David Cameron and believe he is genuinely sincere in his desire to make Britain a generous nation where we care for one another and where people of faith may exercise their beliefs fully.
“But it was a bit rich to hear that the Prime Minister has told religious leaders that they should ‘stand up and oppose aggressive secularisation’ when it seems that his Government is aiding and abetting this aggression every step of the way.”
However under repeated questioning at a near hour-long briefing for lobby journalists, shortly before Mr Cameron was due to speak, the series of announcements appeared to unravel, with Number 10 refusing to say how many migrants might be affected.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman admitted only two of the measures had actual start dates, the rest would be subject to a consultation at some point and most would only affect a minority of migrants to the UK.
More than half of voters now believe Ed Miliband will be the next prime minister either in a majority Labour government or as the biggest party in a coalition, according to the latest Opinium/Observer poll.
When voters were asked what they thought was the most likely outcome of the next election, 29% predicted a hung parliament with Labour as the largest party, while 25% expected Miliband’s party to win an overall majority.
By contrast, just 9% of voters expected an outright Conservative majority in 2015, with 16% expecting the Tories to be the largest party in another hung parliament.
Downing Street has admitted that Nick Clegg has a veto over David Cameron’s plan to establish a royal charter on press regulation because he is president of the body that would have to approve the measure.
The prime minister is due to publish his plan for the royal charter, though No 10 admitted it cannot come into force without the agreement of the deputy prime minister who is lord president of the council. He is the cabinet minister who leads on the privy council that would establish the royal charter.
Cameron’s proposal is due to be published on Friday afternoon, and comes after all-party talks on implementing the Leveson report into press regulation collapsed on Thursday. The prime minister is to table amendments to the crime and courts bill in the commons on Monday that would allow exemplary costs and damages to be imposed on media organisations that do not sign up to a press regulation body established by the royal charter.
David Cameron was facing a potentially damaging Commons defeat over the Leveson report after he startled his Liberal Democrat coalition partners by unilaterally announcing that he was curtailing months of talks on press regulation and would put his proposals to a vote in the Commons on Monday. The Lib Dems and Labour, after frantic consultations, announced they would table alternative amendments to introduce an element of statute and ensure the new press regulatory body was free from industry interference – two issues that the majority of newspaper proprietors have stoutly opposed. Ed Miliband accused the prime minister of a historic error. He said: “He has not just walked away from the talks – he has walked away from his own commitments to the press victims.” An angry Nick Clegg said Cameron was wrong to turn his back on cross-party talks at this critical point. “It’s not an issue which I believe should be the subject of party political point-scoring,” the deputy prime minister said. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/mar/14/cameron-gambles-press-regulation