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7 February 2012

Is the NHS facing a bill of £15.7 billion for clinical negligence?

Today the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail both reported that the NHS is facing a bill of £15.7 billion to deal with clinical negligence claims. Is this figure accurate?

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7 February 2012

Will the Queen's Jubilee cost Britain 0.5 per cent of GDP?

Newspapers claimed yesterday that the Queen's Jubilee public holiday will cost Britain 0.5 per cent of its GDP in the second quarter of 2012. Are these claims accurate?

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6 February 2012

Editors' Code of Practice review: Full Fact submission

This week the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press will hear evidence from both Full Fact and Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre. On top of …

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3 February 2012

Daily Mail corrects "fit for work" benefits story

Last week Full Fact complained to the Daily Mail after it claimed that eight out of ten people tested for eligibility for Employment and Support Allowance were found "fit for …

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3 February 2012

Prison Reform Trust to amend figure on prisoners with multiple mental conditions

On Wednesday Full Fact investigated the Shadow Health Secretary's claim that 70 per cent of prisoners have two or more mental health conditions. The claim stemmed from figures compiled by …

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3 February 2012

David Miliband and Labour's '£18bn per year' child poverty spending

David Miliband returned to the limelight yesterday, writing an article in the New Statesman, which received a mixed reception in the media. In it he discussed New Labour's record in …

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3 February 2012

Are sexually-transmitted infections soaring for the middle-aged?

Today's Express presented readers with a startling headline: VIAGRA-FUELLED OVER-45S ARE IN THE GRIP OF SEX EPIDEMIC The story emantes from a press release from the Student British Medical Journal …

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2 February 2012

Was David Cameron right on front line police officers?

Prime Minister David Cameron has claimed at PMQs that the proportion of police officers on the front line is increasing, citing as many as 6,000 uniformed police officers with back-office …

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1 February 2012

Do 70 per cent of prisoners have two or more mental health conditions?

In a speech to the Centre for Social Justice, the Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham claimed that 70 per cent of prisoners have two or more mental health conditions. But …

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31 January 2012

Has there been a 40-fold increase in the number of vocational qualifications?

While being interviewed about her report into vocational qualifications on the Today Programme, Professor Wolf suggested that there has been a 40-fold increase in vocational qualifications in the last five …

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31 January 2012

Is £1 billion of taxpayers' money being spent on making military personnel redundant?

The Daily Mirror has twice in recent days referred to the £1 billion spent on redundancy payouts to members of the Armed Forces. But are the newspaper's MoD figures accurate?

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31 January 2012

What effect has decriminalising drugs had in Portugal?

Following Sir Richard Branson's appearance before the Home Affairs Select Committee, Melanie Phillips waded into the debate on BBC's Question Time to lambaste Portugal's record following its own decriminalisation of …

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