Everyone will be entitled to a "free teeth MOT" in England under a Labour government, the party says.Labour is proposing to scrap band one dentistry charges, which cover a check up, a scale and polish, and any X-rays that may be needed.It believes patients are put off going because of the fee - a check up costs £22.70 - with many ending up in A&E.Dental leaders welcomed the move, but said there was a shortage of dentists that needed addressing too.Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said charges were a real barrier to access services for some."With 135,000 patients presenting at A&E with dental problems every year, it's time we put prevention at the heart of our approach to health."Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn added: "This is the first step towards making all dentistry services free of charge."He told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show that free dental checks would "save money in the long-run" and it was "actually an investment for the future"."If we don't have a dental check … [Read more...] about General election 2019: Labour vows to end dental check-up charges
Long delayed elections
© Flickr / BrianOver Two Thirds of UK Citizens Back Tax Increase to Boost NHSMOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, UK Prime Minister Theresa May called an early general election for June 8 with a parliamentary approval pending until Wednesday. The prime minister said a strong government was needed and the tough decision was taken to ensure stability in the country amid looming Brexit talks. "Health is always one of the most important issues for the people of this country and with the NHS at breaking point, having been put through one of the worst winters on record, it must be a central issue in the upcoming election. The NHS must not be pushed to the margins in the focus on Brexit," BMA Council Chair Mark Porter was quoted as saying in a statement. The union head slammed previous UK governments for neglecting healthcare and underinvesting in the NHS … [Read more...] about UK Doctors’ Union Head Draws Attention to NHS Crisis Ahead of June Snap Election
By Ceren Senkul and Philip Whiteside, news reportersLike most ongoing arguments, the origins of the tensions between Russia and Ukraine go back a long way.Sandwiched between Russia and Europe, Ukraine looks both ways - a dual identity that has led to brutality and devastation in recent times.While the east of Ukraine has strong ties to Russia in terms of identity and culture, with most of its residents being Russian speakers, the rest of Ukraine sees itself as Ukrainian above all else, separate from Russia, and more part of the West.As part of the Soviet Union for more than seven decades, many Ukrainians are proud their country is now a sovereign nation, which has shaken off the shackles that kept it under Russian yoke for hundreds of years. Advertisement But Russia, and particularly President Vladimir Putin, quietly seethes that what was once the Tsars' lucrative breadbasket of Europe has been determined to carve its own furrow.In the years after the fall of the Iron … [Read more...] about Russia and Ukraine: A violent relationship
Washington — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that the disclosure to Congress of the existence of the whistleblower complaint about President Trump's dealings with Ukraine prompted the White House to release hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to the country after a months-long delay. Asked by "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan if she saw a connection between the whistleblower and the release of the aid, Pelosi said "of course" she does. The House Intelligence Committee, led by Democratic Chairman Adam Schiff, received its first formal notification of the complaint's existence on September 9, two days before the White House lifted its hold on a military assistance package meant to help Ukraine counter a Russian-backed insurgency in its eastern territories. Transcript: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on "Face the Nation" The delay in aid is central to the impeachment inquiry, with several witnesses testifying they believed the delay was being used to … [Read more...] about Pelosi suggests whistleblower complaint prompted release of Ukraine aid
Thousands of visitors throng the picnic spots with the onset of the auspicious ‘Kartika Masam’ which begins immediately after Deepavali. Local people visit the nearby tourist places in large groups. This is also the peak season for tourism.The favourite getaways include the sprawling 625-acre zoo, the Kambalakonda wildlife sanctuary, Kailasagiri Hill, the beaches at Rushikonda, Yarada, and Bheemunipatnam, Kondakarla Ava near Anakapalle, and the Buddhist heritage sites in and around the city. Araku, Lambasingi and Anantagiri are the preferred choice for overnight stay.But Visakhapatnam, which has all the trappings of a tourist paradise, is fast losing out to neighbouring States. The tourist footfall, including local visitors, is declining and the reasons are not hard to find.Shortage of accommodation, non-availability of rooms to suit different classes of tourists, not promoting water sports, adventure, entertainment zones and not sticking to the tourism calendar are some of … [Read more...] about Tourists giving Vizag the miss?