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Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 30 Sep 2017

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NHS not fit for 21st century says chief inspector

The new chief inspector of hospitals in England has said the NHS is not fit for the 21st Century. Professor Ted Baker, who started the role last month, told the Daily Telegraph: "The model of care we have got is still the model we had in the 1960s and 70s." He added that the system had not adapted to deal with the growth in the population. 

2

San Juan warns Trump hurricane could cause genocide

San Juan’s mayor has warned Donald Trump’s administration that if its hurricane relief efforts are not improved, "what we we are going to see is something close to a genocide". A tearful Carmen Yulín Cruz said: "We are dying here. I cannot fathom the thought that the greatest nation in the world cannot figure out the logistics for a small island of 100 miles by 35 miles."

3

Boris under fire as he sets out Brexit conditions

Boris Johnson has set out his red lines on Brexit, including a demand that any transition period after Britain leaves the EU should not last "a second more" than two years and that the UK must refuse to accept new EU rules during that period. However, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, has criticised the foreign secretary and called for "serious people" to take charge of Brexit.

4

Detectives say there were grounds to suspect Edward Heath

A police investigation has found there were initial grounds to suspect former prime minister Sir Edward Heath over allegations of child sexual abuse. Wiltshire detectives, who will publish a report into the claims against Heath next week following a two-year inquiry, have concluded that if the politician had still been alive he may have been formally interviewed by detectives under criminal caution.

5

Mesh scandal could become bigger than Thalidomide

A lawyer has warned that legal action over an operation performed on thousands of UK women could end up being bigger than Thalidomide. More than 75,000 women in England have undergone the 20-minute operation, used to treat stress incontinence and prolapse after childbirth, by inserting a polypropylene mesh into the vagina. Some were left in chronic pain, unable to walk, work and have sex.

6

Britain drops from top to bottom of G7 table

Britain has dropped from the top to the bottom of the league of G7 leading economies in the year since the Brexit vote. After weaker-than-expected GDP data, a report that London’s house prices fell for the first time in nine years, and amid higher levels of consumer debt, the pound fell as much as 0.7% against the euro. However, Mark Carney hinted that the Bank of England may still raise interest rates in November.

7

M&S, Aldi and Lidl drop horror-show chicken plant

Three leading supermarket chains have halted deliveries of chicken from a factory belonging to 2 Sisters, the country’s biggest poultry supplier, after undercover filming exposed slack hygiene standards and food safety records being altered. Marks & Spencer said the footage showed "unacceptable" standards, while Aldi and Lidl said they had also suspended supplies from the food processor.

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Ryanair backs down on compensation for passengers

Ryanair has offered nearly 700,000 customers with cancelled flights compensation for hotels and other "reasonable" expenses, as well as alternative flights with other airlines. Some customers have spent up to £1,500 of their own money as a direct result of having their flights cancelled. However, the airline may force customers to take busses or drive themselves in hire cars instead.

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Trump's health secretary quits over flight scandal

Donald Trump's health secretary has resigned after it was revealed he had repeatedly used taxpayers' money to hire expensive chartered flights. Tom Price is the first member of Trump's cabinet to leave office. His exit was announced an hour after the US President told reporters he was disappointed in Price's use of private aircraft and did not like the way it reflected on his administration.

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Body found in Cheshire lake believed to be police officer

A woman’s body found in a lake in Cheshire is thought to be that of a serving officer with Greater Manchester police. Cheshire police were called to Poynton park in the early hours of Friday morning after reports a body had been found. They believe that the victim is 39-year-old Leanne McKie, a mother of three young children. A 43-year-old man from Wilmslow has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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