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Canada

Federal licensing of doctors, fast tracking foreign physicians among MP’s proposals for easing doctor shortage | CBC News

Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Marcus Powlowski plans to make recommendations to the federal government aimed at easing the physician shortage in rural northwestern Ontario and other parts of Canada. Powlowski, an emergency department physician and member of the parliamentary standing committee on health, recently visited Atikokan, Fort Frances, Rainy River and Kenora to speak with doctors […]

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Business

Jurong GRC MPs Cross Zebra Crossing In National Day Banner, Subtle Nod To The Beatles

Jurong GRC MPs Posing On Zebra Crossing Resemble The Beatles’ Abbey Road Album Cover Whenever the month of August swings around, National Day banners become a standard feature in many neighbourhoods, displaying the Singapore flag colours and other patriotic designs. But in Jurong GRC, the Members of Parliament (MPs) have been known to take creative […]

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Automotive

‘He doesn’t care!’: Drivers and MPs slam Sadiq Khan’s ULEZ expansion plans – ‘Hammer blow’

London Mayor Sadiq Khan plans to extend the ULEZ charging area on August 29, 2023, prompting Transport for London to launch a public consultation, which ends today. Originally launched in May this year, the consultation looked to hear from residents of London and the surrounding areas about how it would affect drivers. The extension will […]

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UK

‘Racing ahead!’ MPs warn energy package support needed as price cap forecasts worsen

Recent measures introduced to support penny-pinching Brits were announced when the price cap was expected to rise to around £2,800 in October. Many British households will receive at least £400 to help alleviate the pressures. Those from vulnerable groups, such as pensioners and the disabled, will receive even more. However, a recent forecast has appeared […]

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Finance

MPs call for review into UK regulator’s handling of pension mis-selling scandal

MPs have called for a review of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s monitoring of the pension transfer market due to concerns that thousands of cases of mis-selling have been undetected. The House of Commons’ public accounts committee made the recommendation in a highly critical report on the regulator’s role in a major pension mis-selling scandal […]

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Finance

Conservative MPs open the way for a summer of bitter infighting

The fear for Rishi Sunak will be that this is as good as it gets: he finished ahead of his rivals, but with the support of just 137 MPs. Pretty much every poll and survey of the Conservative party membership suggests he will be defeated by Liz Truss, the foreign secretary. Despite his undoubted gifts […]

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Finance

UK government lagging on pandemic-related PPE fraud, say MPs

The UK government has made little progress in tackling coronavirus-era fraud in the procurement of personal protective equipment, according to an excoriating inquiry by MPs, which suggests much taxpayer money remains at risk owing to the relaxation of normal scrutiny during the crisis. The Public Accounts Committee, which monitors public spending, on Wednesday said disputes […]

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Finance

UK plan for asylum seekers is not deterring boat crossings, say MPs

There is no clear evidence that the UK’s plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda are deterring people from making hazardous journeys to Britain in boats on the English Channel, according to a new report by MPs. The numbers coming across the Channel have increased significantly since home secretary Priti Patel in April announced a […]

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Finance

England’s health bosses should not ‘take eye off ball’ on Covid jab rollout, say MPs

Health chiefs overseeing England’s Covid-19 vaccination programme must beware of taking “their eye off the ball”, the House of Commons public accounts committee said on Wednesday, warning that almost 3mn people are yet to receive a single Covid shot. The UK achieved one of the fastest vaccination rollouts in the world after jabs were first […]

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Finance

British MPs call for inquiry into SAS ‘death squad’ killings in Afghanistan

British lawmakers have called for an urgent investigation into “deeply disturbing” claims that UK special forces killed unarmed detainees in Afghanistan and planted weapons near the bodies to justify their actions. A report by the BBC identified 54 suspicious killings made by a unit, or squadron, of the Special Air Service during a six-month tour […]