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The estate agent Savills' 25,000 staff worldwide are set to share more than £100m in bonuses this year after the property consultant's profits jumped.

Cash machine spills toxic fumes

Twelve bank staff were treated in hospital yesterday after toxic fumes spilled from a cash machine. A customer was using the machine inside a Halifax branch in Victoria, central London when a small electrical fire started. The customer was given first aid and staff who went to help got fumes in their eyes and throat.

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Casualty unit to face axe after all

Casualty unit to face axe after all

Plea to pay human egg donors

Egg donors should be paid up to pounds 450 for helping childless couples, the head of a leading fertility clinic said yesterday.

Raving Monster's mother dies

Annie Sutch, mother of Screaming Lord Sutch the founder of the Monster Raving Loony Party, has died aged 80, her family said. Mrs Sutch, who encouraged her only son to stand for Parliament and helped put together his colourful costumes, died at London's Northwick Park Hospital last week.

Heseltine checks in for heart test

Michael Heseltine, the former Deputy Prime Minister, arrived at the Harley Street Clinic in central London last night to undergo an angiogram procedure.

Letter: Noisy music is dangerous to aural health

Sir: The health risks in loud discos and concerts are even worse than generally realised (letter, 24 April). Many people, usually the young, suffer life-long incurable tinnitus after being exposed to 120 decibels or more.

Letter: Education for a rich elite

Sir: On page 3 of today's edition (21 April) you reveal that Eton College, a charitable institution used by the very wealthy, has assets of pounds 131m. On Page 9 a story on hospital waiting lists now exceeding 1.1 million. On the letters page a plea for continued state subsidy for the wealthy to educate their children.

Broderick in intensive care

Shane Broderick was in intensive care in a Dublin hospital yesterday following a bad fall at Fairyhouse. The Irish jockey suffered severe neck injuries and bruising to the spinal cord when falling from Another Deadly in the Nuzum Handicap Chase on Monday.

Stewart has nervous breakdown

Allan Stewart, the Conservative MP and former Scottish Office minister who resigned on Monday, after allegations about his health and private life, was taken to hospital yesterday evening after suffering a nervous breakdown.

Hospital trust chief resigns

Hospital trust chief resigns

Letter: Abortion request, not demand

In "Abortion: as the shouting grows louder, is anyone listening to pregnant women?" (16 March) Ros Wynne-Jones says: "The heavy door to Life is protected by a wire grille, grim testimony to the potential violence of the abortion war". I would like to point out that the only violence used is by anti-abortionists, who are responsible for the killing and injuring of doctors, workers and clients of abortion clinics.

HEALTH: Smokers four times more likely to quit at special clinics

Britain's 12 million smokers are four times more likely to be able to kick the habit by attending a specialist clinic than by trying on their own, a report published yesterday says.

Hospitals' pounds 10m waste

Hospitals could save millions of pounds across the National Health Service if they took a more efficient and systematic approach to sorting waste. A report by the Audit Commission also warns that some hospitals need to adopt safer practices when it comes to handling and transferring clinical waste which includes bloodbags, human tissue, infectious material and used syringes.
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