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Horses face death in credit crunch, NSPCC says children's trusts are failing to improve child protection services, and cancer charity sounds smear test warning

The Horse Trust has said many horses may have to be put down as their owners can no longer afford to keep them as the credit crunch takes hold.
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Alcohol Concern has called for urgent improvements to alcohol treatment services as a report by the National Audit Office shows the NHS is struggling to cope with alcohol abuse in England.
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The NSPCC is demanding better communication between agencies as an Audit Commission report suggests children's trusts set up in 2003 have not improved child protection services.
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Cervical cancer charity Jo's Trust has expressed concern as figures show 1 million women fail to turn up for NHS cervical smear tests.
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