Fire services paying five times over the odds for kit

Fire services are spending vastly different amounts on basic items of equipment, with some shelling out almost £3,000 more for ladders or £27,000 more for an officer’s vehicle.

Divers stranded in shark-infested sea after boat vanishes

A British couple who went scuba diving off the coast of Mauritius spent seven hours drifting in shark-infested waters after they became separated from their dive boat and swept out to sea.

Backpacker died on her first scuba dive

A series of failings caused a British backpacker to drown on the Great Barrier Reef during her first dive, a coroner ruled yesterday.

Sturgeon’s pressure on cancer drug is revealed

Emails show how clinical decision was reversed

Meningitis plea

Medical leaders and charities make urgent call for vaccination against bacterial infection that kills in hours

Safety rules stop rescue helicopters landing at hospitals

Patients face delays in receiving life-saving treatment because helicopters in the UK’s search-and-rescue fleet are barred from landing at many hospitals.

Duterte: I threw a man out of a helicopter

Don’t take our leader too literally, aides to the foul-mouthed, fiery-tempered and highly popular Philippine president have sometimes advised.