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Today: Thursday 3 September 2009

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The government says it has rejected advice from management consultants to cut the NHS workforce in England by 10% over the next five years. And Chancellor Alistair Darling has said that G20 nations must continue spending to ensure the global economy returns to sustainable growth next year.


The Department of Health (DoH) says it has rejected advice from management consultants to cut the NHS workforce in England by 10% over the next five years. Businessman Sir Gerry Robinson, who presented a series called Can Gerry Robinson Fix The NHS?, discusses why, according to the DoH, many services need more staff not less.


When US states passed the so-called Megan laws, a system for telling people if a convicted paedophile moved into their area, the idea was to protect children from paedophiles. Correspondent Andy Gallagher reports on whether Megan's law - following the case of Phillip Garrido and the girl he allegedly held captive for 18 years - is working. Alisdair Gillespie, professor of criminal law and justice at Leicester De Montford University, discusses how the law works in the UK.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The US plan to put a man back on the moon will have to be put off beyond 2028 unless Nasa's budget is significantly increased, a review has found. John Logsdon, a member of Nasa's advisory panel, discusses whether the target will be reached.


When the 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment, nicknamed 'the Vikings', were last in Afghanistan in 2007 they had more casualties in a single month than any British army battalion since the war. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports on their preparations as they get ready to return.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The Iraqi authorities say they have handed over to British representatives a body believed to be that of a British security guard kidnapped more than two years ago. Security correspondent Frank Gardner reports on the search for the man's identity. Will Geddes, managing director of International Corporate Protection, discusses the five British men which were kidnapped from the finance ministry in Baghdad in 2007.

Today's papers.


A group of senior doctors who care for the terminally ill have written a letter in the Telegraph warning that some patients are dying prematurely because of new NHS guidelines in England. Professor Peter Millard, Emeritus Professor of Geriatrics, University of London, discusses why he believes the guidelines are causing a national crisis in patient care.

Thought for the day with Professor Mona Siddiqui, of the University of Glasgow.


G20 nations must continue spending to ensure the global economy returns to sustainable growth next year, Chancellor Alistair Darling has said. Sir George Cox, of NYSE Euronext, and Dr Paul Woolley, of the London School of Economics, whether a lot of obstacles remain to be negotiated on the path to recovery.


The government has rejected advice to cut the NHS workforce in England by 10% over the next five years. Carl Emmerson, deputy director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, and Niall Dickson, chief executive of the Kings Fund, discuss the plan to close 137,000 clinical and admin posts.


It is 70 years since Britain declared war on Germany. Neville Chamberlain was prime minister at the time but in May 1940 Winston Churchill took over. Historians Dr Nigel Knight and Sir Max Hastings discuss whether Mr Churchill was more of a liability than an asset.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Will the result of presidential elections in Afghanistan be accepted by the county's people and the outside world? Jahid Mohseni, chief executive of the Moby Group - owner of Afghanistan's most popular television station, considers who will be the next president.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


New measures to encourage head teachers to take on responsibility for more than one school are coming into force. They're seen as an incentive for so-called super heads to turn around failing schools. Correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan visits Harefield in Greater London to report on the school which, after it became an academy, has seen a marked improvement in results.


John Humphrys has written his first (and possibly only) Tweet on Today's Twitter feed , telling Twitter users to "stop counting letters and get a life instead". But is he right to be sceptical about the use of micro-blogging? Comedian David Baddiel explains why he Tweets.


The brains of psychopaths really are physically different from the rest of us, research from the Institute of Psychiatry at Kings College London suggests. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on the profound implications this could have for the way the condition is diagnosed and treated and neurobiologist Professor Steven Rose discusses the dangers of using brain scans to diagnose psychopathology.


Do wine competitions really reflect the quality of the wine or just the taste of the judges? Willie Lebus, director of Bibendum Wine Ltd, discuss why many wines, according to research published in the Journal of Wine Economics, are viewed as extraordinarily good at some competitions but viewed as below average at others

John and Sarah's review
Thursday, 3 September 2009, 09:13 GMT |  Today



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