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Day: October 31, 2015

Foreigners may be charged for A&E treatment under new proposals
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Foreigners may be charged for A&E treatment under new proposals

    Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, is considering whether to charge foreigners for using ambulances and visiting A&E in a move that could further escalate tensions with the medical profession. In a bid to raise money, Hunt is expected to announce a consultation within the next month on whether the NHS should charge patients from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) for emergency treatment. While no one would be denied urgent care, hospitals would be allowed to withhold treatment for non-urgent medical problems until a payment was made. Patients from inside the EEA would have to present their European Health Insurance card to receive treatment, and their government would be sent a bill. Under the proposals, there would be certain exemptions on charging up front, suc...
UK weather: Hottest ever November on way as Halloween heatwave to be followed by 21.7C Sunday
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK weather: Hottest ever November on way as Halloween heatwave to be followed by 21.7C Sunday

    The country could be in for the hottest start to November in history, forecasters say. The Met Office predicts the temperature to be more than 21.7C (71F) on Sunday – the record set 69 years ago in Prestatyn, Denbighshire, North Wales. Hot air from Portugal is bringing the out-of-season sizzle, which will make the UK hotter than the Mediterranean. Highs of 21C are expected on Saturday and “exceptionally mild” sunshine in the ¬afternoon, forecasters said. The balmy weather – 6C above average – is set to continue throughout the week with settled conditions in the south and east of England. The predictions would make today the second-hottest Halloween, behind last year’s high of 23.6C at Kew Gardens, London, and Gravesend, Kent. British Weather Services senior meteorologist J...
Russian Passenger Plane Crashes Over Egypt
ENGLISH, Europe

Russian Passenger Plane Crashes Over Egypt

    Voices have been heard inside the wreckage of the Russian passenger plane which crashed over central Sinai with 224 people on board, according to Egyptian search and rescue officials. An officer at the scene, who requested anonymity, told news agency Reuters: "...We hope to find survivors especially after hearing pained voices of people inside." He said that the plane had split in two and that rescuers had found at least five dead children at the scene, other bodies were discovered still strapped into their seats. The Airbus A321, operated by the Russian airline Kogalymavia, was travelling from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to the Russian city of St Petersburg when it disappeared from radar screens 23 minutes into the flight. Egyptian security sources say there i...