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Scotland Yard is launching an investigation into police officers who
moonlight as actors in TV programmes such as the Bill.
Police officers are allowed to have outside business interests including
acting as extras, as long as they seek permission and register their
Journals or family
Media companies are failing to invest in child care and support for their
female staff, according to a survey by Women in Journalism. Its survey of 200
women journalists found that more than 60 per cent felt employers could do more
for working mothers. It also reveals that more than 74 per cent of women would
be strongly influenced in job choice by the availability of family-friendly
Output figures lower
UK manufacturing output fell by 0.9 per cent in April, according to the
Office for National Statistics. The figure represents the largest monthly fall
since August 1997. The ONS says a major contributor to the headline figures was
3.7 per cent fall in output from the electrical, optical equipment and mobile
phone sectors. www.statistics.gov.uk
Decreasing numbers of medical academics are threatening the quality of
medical teaching and casting doubt on whether the planned expansion of doctor
numbers can be achieved.
Clinical academics used to form 11 per cent of the NHS consultant workforce,
delegates were told at a BMA conference. This has fallen to eight per cent with
fewer than 1,000 clinical academic doctors working in the health service. www.bma.org.uk