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June 27, 2001

Colleges get £84 million for IT
An £84 million package to help further education colleges develop information infrastructure and increase the uptake of information learning technology was announced today by education and skills secretary Estelle Morris. The government wants to improve IT provision and use in colleges across the country.

Government and medical leaders call truce
Health secretary Alan Milburn and the deans of the royal medical colleges were today signing an accord aimed at ending the blame culture in the medical profession but admitting that mistakes have been made. The agreed statement sets out a commitment to work to reduce errors and learn from mistakes made within the National Health Service.

Student spin-off could save NHS millions
A group of undergraduates from Warwick University has set up a spin-off company that they say could save the NHS more than £500 million. The computer science students have developed software that alerts doctors to cheaper alternatives when they prescribe drugs. The say this could cut the NHS pharmaceutical budget by 10 per cent.

GTC offers plan to cut teacher shortage
A ten-point plan to address the teacher shortage was being proposed by the General Teaching Council at its summer meeting in Liverpool today. It will include properly resourced professional development and opportunities for teachers to diversify and broaden their horizons at key points in their career.

Extraterrestrial force killed dinosaurs, scientists say
A mysterious force rocked the solar system 65 million years ago and may have led to the death of the dinosaurs, it was claimed today. The theory was presented at a meeting in Edinburgh of the geological societies of London and America today by a team of scientists from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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