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Todays big story is the report by the Patients' Association. highlighting what it calls the "neglectful, demeaning, painful and sometimes downright cruel" treatment of elderly patients in some NHS hospitals.

Michael Summers, the association's vice chairman, said his organisation had received "hundreds of calls" from concerned relatives alleging mistreatment.

Dame Christine Beasley, chief nursing officer for England, agreed that a "small but very significant proportion" of nurses were to blame and that it should be easier for people, and care professionals, to complain, adding: "We need to just make sure that the care that the majority of our patients receive is the care that they all receive."

Elsewhere, Lord Turner, the chairman of the UK's financial watchdog, the Financial Services Authority, has said his in favour of a new tax on banks as a means to prevent excess bonus payments in the industry.

Angela Knight, of the British Bankers Association, discussed whether Lord Turner was correct when he stated that much of the activity of the City of London is "socially useless".

And scientists in Oregon have come up with a technique which seems to have the potential to rid future generations of some inherited diseases.

Prof Peter Braude from King's College London explained this breakthrough in gene therapy, which has involved primates, and could later be used on humans. But he dismissed newspaper suggestions that this new technique would leave children with two mothers.


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