The Times reports that the main nursing association is willing to refuse government pay agreements on Friday, prompting another strike. The paper said members of the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) could return to the standing line as soon as this month, with their leaders poised for a “prolonged campaign”. It says frontline staff are disappointed that their industrial action has not produced a better government offer than a 5% pay raise this financial year, as well as a one-time bonus.
The Daily Telegraph’s main story is based on figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which the newspaper claims The number of deaths nearly tripled in the UK around the first strike of junior doctors last month. It cites a government source accusing “warrior leaders” of the British Medical Association (BMA) of putting politics above patient safety. But the article also points out that other causes, besides the strike, could have contributed to the death toll.
In addition to the strikes, the Times also reported that, for the first time, hands-free cars are now legal to drive on UK roads. Ministers have authorized Ford to operate the BlueCruise system on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales. The cars are equipped with sensors to ensure that the driver’s eyes are always on the road.
The Daily Mirror reported that the daughter of one of the victims of rapist Iorworth Hoare – who won the lottery while in prison – has urge him to donate his winnings to charity the same way her mother gave away the compensation she won from the case. The paper says Hoare now has full access to her £7.2million jackpot.
The Daily Telegraph says ministers have postponed plans to unveil a new recycling system until after local elections. It reported that they were fear backlash from Conservative voters under the new plan, which would involve each household having seven different types of trash cans.
According to the Daily Mail, Mr Sunak has put “blue water” between him and Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer on transgender rights. Titled: “Finally, a leader who knows what a woman is”, it reports that Prime Minister asserts that women do not have male genitalia. Sir Keir sparked controversy last week when he said that one in a thousand women did. The Sun also reported the same, but devoted most of the front page to the news that the Duchess of York was not invited to the King’s coronation. Instead, the paper suggests, she will watch it at home.
And the front pages are full of pictures of Dame Mary Quant, who passed away yesterday at the age of 93. The Financial Times has a striking black and white photograph of the fashion designer with papers and patterns laid out in front of her. . The Guardian says she “puts the swing in the ’60s”.