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1. GPs ‘named and shamed’ if they fail to see patients face to face
GP surgeries will be "named and shamed" if they fail to offer sufficient face-to-face appointments as part of a major NHS drive to improve access for patients.
On Thursday, the Government will unveil a blueprint for doctors that includes an extra £250 million for general practices to increase capacity over the winter. Read the full story
2. Norway bow and arrow attack: At least five people killed in Kongsberg
At least five people were killed and others injured by a man using a bow and arrows to carry out attacks in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg on Wednesday, police said.
Local media reported that the attacker opened fire in a Coop Extra supermarket on the western side of the town, after which residents were ordered to stay indoors and large areas were cordoned off. Read the full story
3. Lorry driver crisis could worsen amid threat of new DVLA strike
The critical shortage of HGV drivers is set to get worse, with union members set to vote on further strike action at the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) warned on Wednesday night that the possible industrial action "could not come at a worse time" and would aggravate the driver shortage that has led to empty supermarket shelves and a fuel crisis. Read the full story.
4. Covid lab leak theories must be investigated, says WHO chief
All theories must be investigated in the hunt for the origins of Covid, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said in the first indication that engineered virus and lab leak theories will be officially scrutinised.
In a joint editorial in the journal Science, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director general, and two colleagues wrote that "lab hypotheses must be carefully examined" with a focus on institutions in Wuhan. Read the full story.
5. Duke of Cambridge brings William Shatner down to earth with pot-shot at space tourism
The Duke of Cambridge has offered a damning indictment of space tourism, warning that the “world’s greatest brains” should be focused on repairing the planet rather than “trying to find the next place to go and live”.
His comments came as a jubilant William Shatner, 90, stepped out of a rocket in a West Texas desert having become the oldest human to reach space, declaring the experience as “extraordinary” and “profound” while adding: “Everybody in the world needs to do this.” Read the full story.
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