Immigration

Mail
Mass immigration from the European Union will be ‘inevitable’ if the Government shirks a so-called ‘hard Brexit’, a report warns today. Scope to tackle runaway immigration will be ‘extremely limited’ if the UK remains members of the single market, a think-tank has predicted. Net migration from the Brussels bloc – those people arriving in Britain minus those leaving – will be ‘unlikely’ to fall below 155,000 unless Ministers take back full control of the UK’s borders. It currently stands at a record 189,000. In a warning to Theresa May, Migrationwatch said it was ‘not possible’ to be part of the tariff-free trading bloc and control immigration from the EU. But ahead of the start of Brexit negotiations, European leaders are insisting that Britain must accept free movement of workers in return for being a member of the single market. 

Express
MASS immigration will continue at “unacceptable” levels for at least the next two decades unless Britain makes a full break with Brussels, a report predicted last night. Figures showed that annual net migration to the UK from EU countries would be unlikely to fall below 155,000 in the “medium term” if the country stays in the EU’s Single Market. And the Government’s ability to reduce the influx will be “extremely limited” as long as the EU’s free movement rules remain in force. 
The disturbing forecast of near-record levels of migration for years ahead was set out in a report from the population think tank Migration Watch. It was being seen last night as a devastating blow to campaigners for a so-called “soft Brexit” that retain the UK’s full Single Market membership. Supporters of a full break with Brussels insisted that snatching back control over immigration was at the heart of the vote to leave the EU in last summer’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the bloc.

Nail bars

Independent
Dozens of people have been arrested in a crackdown on nail bars suspected of committing immigration offences. A total of 97 people were arrested, while businesses were warned they could face fines of up to £20,000 per illegal worker. Some 14 people were also identified as potentially being at risk of modern slavery. The week-long Operation Magnify aimed to target “risk” industries in which ministers claim employers are exploiting foreign workers. The Immigration Enforcement initiative took place from 27 November to 3 December and saw officers visit more than 280 businesses across the UK. It comes after Theresa May promised tougher immigration rules in her first conference speech as Conservative leader. Immigration minister Robert Goodwill said: “This operation sends a strong message to those employers who ruthlessly seek to exploit vulnerable people and wilfully abuse our immigration laws.

Times
Dozens of teenagers from the Calais migrant camp have begun legal action against the British government. The group of 36 refugees argue that Amber Rudd, the home secretary, reneged on legislation in her handling of their applications after the site was closed. It is the first time that youngsters from the camp have taken individual action against the government. Of those bringing the litigation, 28 had their applications refused, while the rest await decisions from the Home Office. The government is accused of failing to comply with section 67 of the Immigration Act, which aims to protect vulnerable children. According to the children’s lawyers, the Home Office has failed to allow most of the vulnerable teenagers to relocate to Britain.

ITV News
Dozens of children who lived in the Calais Jungle refugee camp have launched a legal challenge against the home secretary, according to reports. Thirty-six child asylum seekers accuse Amber Rudd of mishandling their asylum claims, The Guardian reported. Of that number 28 have had their asylum applications turned down while eight are reportedly still waiting to here the outcome of their applications. All 36 have been dispersed to 15 reception centres around France following the dismantling of the Jungle camp at the end of October. Lawyers for the children say they want written reasons for the government’s decision and accuse the government of failing to use its discretion in response to extreme cases. Toufique Hossain, director of public law at Duncan Lewis Solicitors, told The Guardian: “The government has rendered these children, including some as young as 13, to effectively be without any legal remedy until well into the New Year, which is the earliest that the relevant home office officials have agreed to give reasons for refusing some of these children.”

International trade

Express
HARDLINE EU bosses who want to “punish” Britain for Brexit have been made to look like fools after business leaders around Europe were invited to start talks with the UK. The campaign group Leave Means Leave has written to the Chambers of Commerce in all 27 other EU members to open up post-Brexit trade talks. It follows the former head of the German version of the CBI – Hans-Olaf Henkel – using an interview with the Daily Express to attack German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commision President Jean-Claude Juncker for threatening to raise trade tariffs with the UK. He warned that tariffs will harm Germany and the EU more than Britain because the bloc risks losing a £30 billion trade surplus. In its Leave Means Leaves calls on the Chambers of Commerce to give their backing for a “sensible agreement regarding the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU”. 

NHS

Times
Patients face waiting weeks to see a family doctor as surgeries struggle with winter demands, the leader of Britain’s GPs has warned. Helen Stokes-Lampard said that individuals could be at “serious risk” as many are forced to wait up to a month to see a doctor for non-urgent conditions such as lumps or bleeding. The recently appointed chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners warned that if left untreated, “the non-urgent stuff may be becoming urgent”. She said: “With lumps or bleeding problems or things that could be signs of serious disease, my profound concern is that people will delay seeking help for things that could be life-threatening or life-changing if they are not tackled swiftly.

Mail
Patients will have to wait four weeks to see their family doctor this winter, the chairman of the Royal College of GPs has warned. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said the delays could be ‘life-threatening’ for patients with possible symptoms of cancer and other illnesses. She said GP surgeries were already ‘skating on thin ice’ and pressures will intensify in the coming weeks as more patients fall ill with flu and chest infections. Professor Stokes-Lampard predicted that doctors would be so busy trying to ‘firefight’ the urgent cases that those with long-standing complaints could be pushed back. This could include women with a breast lump who ‘may be becoming urgent’ if made to wait four weeks. 

Sky News
Increasing waits of up to four weeks to see a GP could be posing a “serious risk” to patients. The chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs claims overstretched medics are struggling to keep waiting times down during the busy winter period. Helen Stokes-Lampard said if some patients are forced to wait three to four weeks “the non-urgent stuff may become urgent”. “If you’ve suddenly developed a lump, or you’ve got a funny pain somewhere, you know it’s not desperately urgent for you to see your GP today but you’d like to see a GP within a few days, you’d certainly like to see them within a week to 10 days because actually you’re worried. “With lumps or bleeding problems or things that could be signs of serious disease, my profound concern is that people will delay seeking help for things that could potentially be life-threatening or life-changing if they are not tackled swiftly.

Morning Star
LABOUR urged the government to wake-up to the full-scale crisis engulfing the NHS as overstretched GPs warned of serious risks to patients due to extended waits for appointments. In a statement published this morning, Royal College of GPs chairwoman Helen Stokes-Lampard said she was profoundly concerned about how GPs would cope this winter amid reports that some patients could wait weeks to see their family doctor. She warned: “It’s not just A&E that sees peaks in workload. Every peak that you see in A&E is magnified in primary care just through the scale.” She said that “something has to give” in a service already on the ropes and warned that there could be serious consequences for delays to GP appointments. 

Mirror
Milllons of patients have to wait up to four weeks to see their doctor at overstretched surgeries , Britain’s top GP has warned. Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, said extended waiting times now pose a “serious risk” to patients this winter because it means non life-threatening conditions can become life-threatening. She revealed that some patients are already being forced to wait three weeks to see GPs for non-urgent matters such as suspect lumps or bleeding problems. But she expressed serious concern that those forced to wait three to four weeks could lead to “the non-urgent stuff becoming urgent”. 

Sky News
Barcode technology could be rolled out across NHS England in an effort to reduce mistakes and cut costs. Six NHS trusts are currently trialling the scheme, which is called Scan4Safety. Universal barcodes are attached to medical supplies and equipment – as well as to patients, nurses and doctors. At each stage of a patient’s treatment, the codes are scanned. The technology is designed to help bring down the number of mistakes made during treatments. For example, it could reduce instances of incorrect implants or blood transfusions administered to patients. The Department of Health has not confirmed how much it would cost to roll out the scheme to all of NHS England. However, each trust involved in the pilot has received £2m, suggesting it could cost a total of about £460m to introduce these systems nationwide. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Sky News: “The costs will be of that order to begin with, but of course the savings are huge because one of the most expensive things you can do in a trust is to give someone the wrong care.

Mirror
The NHS has been denied a pioneering breast cancer drug on cost grounds. Kadcyla costs £90,000 per course and The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will rule today that that is “too high” to justify widespread use. A discount offered by makers Roche has not swayed Nice – even though Kadcyla can give women dying from an aggressive cancer up to nine extra months to live. Last night a petition was launched by Breast Cancer Now against the draft ruling. The charity branded it “a huge setback” for treatment of advanced breast cancer. BCN chief executive Baroness Delyth Morgan accused Nice and Roche of leaving “secondary breast cancer patients abandoned”. 

ITV News
A cancer charity has urged health officials to reconsider a decision to keep a pioneering treatment for breast cancer from being routinely available on the NHS. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has rejected the drug Kadcyla – which costs more than £90,000 per patient – as too expensive. Charity Breast Cancer Now (BCN) condemned Nice’s recommendation, branding it a “disastrous decision” and a “huge setback” for the treatment of advanced breast cancer. Data examined by Nice shows that people taking Kadcyla – also known as trastuzumab emtansine – may live up to nine months longer than those taking an alternative drug called lapatinib plus capecitabine. But Professor Carole Longson, Nice’s director of the centre for health technology evaluation, said the drugs price was “currently too high in relation to the benefits it gives for it to be recommended for routine commissioning in the NHS”. Nice’s recommendation is only preliminary and the committee will meet again in February. 

Human Rights

Telegraph
Theresa May will put plans to pull out of the European Court of Human Rights at the heart of her campaign for the 2020 general election campaign, after ministers conceded that reform plans have been delayed by Brexit. The Prime Minister is understood to be backing plans to “lift and shift” human rights enshrined in the European Convention and write them into UK law. Mrs May’s plans go further than those drawn up by her predecessor David Cameron because they will give the Supreme Court the final say over how the rights are applied. However, sources said she has decided that she cannot start that fight with the prospect of negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union set to dominate Parliament over the next few years. 

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