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Corporate media still seems to be obsessed with exaggerated rioting and looting.

UK RIOTS 2011: Manchester and Midlands burn but London is ‘under control’ | Mail Online

In Bristol there were 19 arrests for offences, including having a balaclava in your possession.

Conservative election poster 2010

A recent news article about the UK’s Conservative and Liberal-Democrat coalition government – the ConDem’s – brutal attack on the National Health Service.

BBC News – Call for more maternity doctors

The NHS needs more specialist maternity doctors to prevent mothers dying due to “substandard care”, experts have said.

An editorial in the British Medical Journal written by six obstetricians says most maternal deaths are now caused by treatable medical conditions.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says too few doctors means warning signs can be missed.

Increasing numbers of women with often complex medical conditions are now becoming pregnant or seeking fertility advice. And with more women delaying starting a family, doctors are now seeing more older women with complicated pregnancies.

The latest review of UK maternity services – the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths report – found that although the overall maternal death rate has been declining, there has been an increase in maternal deaths associated with existing medical conditions, like diabetes, epilepsy, asthma or heart failure.

And many of these are linked with substandard care, meaning more could have been done by healthcare professionals.

In a third of these cases, different care might have actually prevented the death of the mother.

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