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February 29 - March 6 2012
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Fatal coach crash Driver in court after teacher killed and pupils hurt on ski trip
Drought declared in Anglia Government issues egg-timers to help with four-minute showers
The real Chaplin? US asked MI5 to clear up mystery of the star’s birthplace
EXPAT LIFE P30-31
The new price of life in the sun Our specialists look at the impact of forex movements on expats
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Bonus Ball 8
Bonus Ball 33
There were no winners of Saturday’s £3.9m jackpot and three winners of Wednesday’s £2.3m prize
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to abort a female foetus: “I don’t ask questions. If you want a termination, you want a termination.”
She later telephoned a colleague to book the procedure, explaining that it was for “social reasons” and the woman “doesn’t want questions asked”.
She said to her colleague: “This [the termination] will be under private, she doesn’t want to go through NHS. OK, so — that’s right, because you’re part of our team and she doesn’t want questions asked.”
Miss Sivaraman, who works for Pall Mall Medical in Manchester, and is an obstetrician and gynaecologist at North Manchester General Hospital, said the cost of the termination would be £200 or £300, on top of the £500 already paid to the clinic for the consultation.
After taking the woman’s contact details, Miss Sivaraman asked her if she had considered her options.
“Oh, absolutely … I can’t have it, this baby, because of the gender, so that’s just how it is …” replied the woman.
The doctor booked the pregnant woman in for a termination the following week, despite the reason for the abortion being clearly explained.
Another consultant, Claudine Domoney, who works with 132 Healthwise clinic in Harley Street, central London, agreed to arrange for a woman to abort a boy after being told that she and her husband already had a son from his first marriage. The practice is known as “family balancing”.
In a consultation room in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, the woman, who was about 18 weeks pregnant, explained her reasons for the termination: “It’s a boy, and that’s the reason, we don’t
Dr Raj Mohan is filmed agreeing not to write that a woman wants an abortion due to the sex of the foetus want to have a second boy.”
“It’s obviously taken a little bit of time to decide this?” asked Miss Domoney, in reference to the fact that the woman was 18 weeks pregnant.
The consultant was still happy to proceed but explained that as she was going away, she would be unable to perform the procedure, so she telephoned a colleague to see if he could fit the pregnant woman in for the following week. “He is OK for Tuesday,” said Miss Domoney when she returned.
“So the two of us are … very experienced in this area.
He [the other doctor] will organise for you to have a room on the private ward … he’s OK to do it on Tuesday.”
Two weeks ago, Miss Domoney said she was “uncomfortable” with the situation, so decided to refer the case to a colleague.
Stephanie Byrom, the chief executive of Pall Mall Medical, denied that the clinic offered terminations on the grounds of gender determination, and said that if one of its consultants had breached its rules it would take “immediate action”.
MPs have raised concerns over the increasing commercialisation of abortion clinics, and David Cameron and Mr Lansley are under pressure to accept proposals that women should receive independent counselling before abortion takes place.
Last year, the Council of Europe recommended that member states, including Britain, stop telling parents the gender of their baby because of concerns that this was encouraging sex-selection abortions. Many hospitals have stopped giving parents this information.
However, blood tests that disclose the sex of a foetus are widely available on the internet or abroad.
An undercover reporter phoning an abortion advice line was also told private clinics would be able to offer a scan — for a fee.
Abortions for non-medical reasons are legal until 24 weeks, but terminations on grounds of gender of the foetus are illegal under the 1967 Abortion Act.
Doctors must agree that there is a compelling case for termination, but it is claimed that many abortions are agreed “on demand” and that the paperwork does not fully reflect the discussions that have taken place.
In 2010, there were 189,574 terminations in England and Wales, an 8 per cent increase during the previous decade. There is some evidence that more female than male foetuses are aborted.
Dr Tony Falconer, president of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, said: “Anecdotally, there are social and cultural reasons for preferring one gender over another and we need to know more about why these occur.
“The issues are complex. For instance, women may be coerced or threatened with violence into having an abortion. The priority would be to identify these women and to provide them with support.”
The women accompanied by Daily Telegraph reporters to termination consultations were from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
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By Robert Winnett Political Editor DISRUPTIVE children are to be educated in “sin bin” schools that will concentrate on basic skills with longer teaching days, The Daily Telegraph disclosed.
A government review after last summer’s riots is to recommend wide-ranging powers for institutions teaching those expelled from mainstream schools.
Ministers have announced that the schools, to be known as “pupil referral units”, will be able to become academies with the power to set their own timetables, curriculum and staff salaries.
They are designed to tackle what ministers have branded the “educational underclass”.
Head teachers have already been given powers to make it easier to expel unruly children.
The proposals form the central recommendations of a review of school discipline and truancy conducted by Charlie Taylor, a headmaster and the Government’s behaviour adviser.
The review is understood to
‘How could you be expelled ? We were only looking round the school’
back higher fines for the parents of truants. Ministers are believed to be in favour of docking benefits if the fines are not paid. However, the publication of the review may be delayed as the Liberal Democrats are understood to be opposed to more draconian sanctions.
Mr Taylor said: “We have a flawed system that fails to provide for some of the most vulnerable children in the country.”
By Laura Donnelly DOCTORS are to be balloted on industrial action over changes to their pensions. The British Medical Association last week resolved to ask 130,000 doctors and medical students whether they want to support action, in the first such vote since the 1970s.
The union ruled out strikes, however, in a move to limit the impact on patients.
If doctors vote for action, it could see them working to rule or refusing to take on non-front line duties. The decision, taken at an emergency meeting last Saturday, is a dramatic escalation of the dispute over the Government’s publicsector reforms. The BMA’s decision follows the overwhelming rejection by doctors and medical students of a “final” offer by the Government on pensions.
The BMA said the changes would see younger doctors paying more than £200,000 extra over their lifetime in pension contributions and working eight years longer, to 68.
It urged the Government to reopen talks with the health unions, but said neither the Treasury nor the Health Department had signalled any change to their position.
Figures from the Department of Health show that a typical NHS doctor retiring at 60 has a pension pot that would cost more than £1.7million in the private sector. The average doctor receives an income of more than £48,000 a year on retirement, plus a lump sum of around £143,000.
Over the past decade, pay for hospital consultants has risen by more than 65 per cent, to an average of £120,000 a year. Over the same period, GP income has risen by around 50 per cent to £106,000, while most have stopped working at weekends and at night, under controversial reforms introduced by Labour.
Dr Hamish Meldrum, the chairman of the BMA council, said members felt they had no option but to vote on action. “The decision to ballot for the first time in 40 years has not been taken lightly,” he said.