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Today: Friday 3 July 2009

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Families and comrades of the latest two British soldiers to be killed in Afghanistan have paid tribute to them. Some health trusts in England have been accused of paying more attention to finances than patient safety. And one of the astronauts who landed on the moon 40 years ago and took that call from Richard Nixon.


MPs say the government has not made enough progress towards its goal of making safety a priority across the whole healthcare system. The health committee warns that NHS boards pay more attention to hitting targets and achieving foundation status rather than considering patient safety. Labour chairman of the committee Kevin Barron discusses how 10% of people who go into hospital get harmed in some way.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


New research for the NSPCC has found that young witnesses involved in cases of sexual abuse or violence are being forced to wait more than a year to give their evidence in crown courts in England and Wales. Correspondent Jack Izzard talks to one woman about the effect of giving evidence in court, had on her son. NSPCC lawyer Barbara Esan also talks about the effects of the current system on children.


At the Manchester International Festival, which begins this week, there are to be recitals of the solo work of the 18th Century German composer Johan Sebastian Bach. But the modern twist is the setting of the concerts which are inside an installation designed by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports on what is billed as "a union of two true originals, three centuries apart."


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is warning about the dangers of increasing numbers of us buying Tamiflu without a prescription online. The anti-viral drug is used to treat those suspected of having swine flu. It follows a change of government from containment to treatment yesterday which means Tamiflu will no longer be offered to close relatives of swine flu patients. Director of Policy David Pruce says how most Tamiflu on the internet is probably fake and how there is plenty available through GPs, so we should not be buying off the internet.

Sports news with Arlo White.


A judge has strengthened the status of prenuptial agreements by ruling that a German heiress and her husband stick to the terms of their prenup in their divorce. British law does not usually recognise prenuptial agreements. Ayesha Vardag, the lawyer who acted for Ms Radmacher, says the UK could be in danger of isolation in the wider world if prenups are not given greater weight.

Today's papers.


A herd of rare sheep on the remote Scottish island of Hirta, or Saint Kilda, might not normally command much attention. But now, as the Daily Express reports, scientists believe that global warming has led the sheep to become smaller. We can talk to the man behind that sheep research, Professor Tim Coulson.


The War Memoirs of Spike Milligan are being staged at the Bristol Old Vic. Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall charts the comedy and tragedy of Gunner Milligan's service in World War II. Be warned it contains barrack room humour. Correspondent Nicola Stanbridge reports from the rehearsals.

Thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster, Editor of The Tablet.


Thousands of US marines having been pouring into Helmand in the first major operation under President Barack Obama's strategy to stabilise the country. Will the Americans be able to succeed where the British have so far failed? Correspondent Ian Pannell reports from Afghanistan, where he is embedded with US troops.


A council which was the first to try to prosecute a mother for using a false address to get her son into a popular state school, has dropped its case. Mrinal Patel applied for a place for her five-year-old son Rhys at Pinner Park First School in Harrow, north London, in January last year. Mrs Patel says she accepts they had to withdraw the place and the councils actions were 'disproportionate to the honesty' she had offered. Harrow Council's David Ashton says the case was never about persecuting mothers who wish to do the best for their children, but defending the integrity of the school system against those who might seek to flout it. We are also joined by Fiona Millar, chair of Comprehensive Future.


Buzz Aldrin was the second man to step foot on the surface of the moon in July 1969. Forty years on from the Apollo 11 mission to the moon we take you back to when President Richard Nixon talks to Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. And Buzz Aldrin talks about his new book "Magnificent Desolation".

Sports news with Arlo White.


MPs say the government has not made enough progress towards its goal of making safety a priority across the whole healthcare system. The health committee warns that NHS boards pay more attention to hitting targets and achieving foundation status rather than considering patient safety. Chief Executive of Luton & Dunstable Hospital Stephen Ramsden, and chairman of the consultants' committee of the British Medical Association Jonathan Fielden, discuss the concerns about the quality of patient care and what can be done.


Once California was the richest state in America. But now the state government in Sacramento has started issuing IOUs because it has run out of cash and deadlocked politicians cannot agree on how to close a budget deficit of more than $20bn. Rajesh Mirchandani reports on how this deficit has prompted Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a fiscal emergency.


Twice in the past week senior politicians have accused each other of telling lies. Former Labour MP and Father of the House Tam Dalyell, who was actually suspended from the Commons 20 years ago for saying Margaret Thatcher had told a lie, and Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail discuss the rulings on how far a member may go in calling another member a liar.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Andy Murray tries to become the first British player for 71 years to reach a Wimbledon final this afternoon. So can superstition help him do it? His coach seems to think so. He insists on him using the same court to practice on at the same time every day. Olympic medal-winning canoeist Helen Reeves and sports psychologist Dr Victor Thompson discuss whether superstition can do more harm than good.


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