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Coverage of Pulse’s EU doctors story, plus breast surgery, face surgery, and musical surgery

A round-up of the health news in the papers on Wednesday 28 March

Pulse's exclusive story exposing the lack of language and clinical competency testing being applied to doctors from the EU is also covered in the Telegraph and the Guardian.

Elsewhere, most of the papers report on a recommendation from MPs that NHS surgeons should not only remove but replace faulty breast implants in one operation.

The call comes from the House of Commons Health Select Committee in its report on the PIP implants scandal.

The Daily Telegraph quotes committee chairman, Stephen Dorrell as warning it is "neither good medicine nor common sense" to expect women to undergo one NHS operation to remove sub-standard implants and then another one - paid for privately - to replace them.

At the moment the NHS will only remove implants containing industrial-grade silicone, that were fitted by private clinics, if those companies are unwilling or unable to do so.

But the policy has resulted in many of those fitted with faulty implants simply not having the NHS operation, or resorting to paying private clinics again for removal and replacement procedures. They usually have to fork out about £3,000.

But the Telegraph says Earl Howe, the health minister has already rejected the call saying: "If we allowed patients to pay for treatment in this case it would set a precedent for other treatments and cosmetic surgery. The responsibility for this sits squarely with private providers."

The Daily Mail is among the papers reporting on the man given a new face, teeth, tongue and jaw by University of Maryland surgeons in the most extensive face transplant ever.

Richard Lee Norris, a 37-year-old US man injured in a gun accident is beginning to feel his face again and is shaving and brushing his teeth after last week´s 36-hour surgery.

The Mail says Mr Norris lived behind a mask as a recluse for 15 years after shooting himself in the face in 1997.

And as the health bill passes into law having received Royal Assent yesterday, GPs´ shares in private health firms come under scrutiny in The Independent.

A study looking into the board members of around 50 clinical commissioning groups found that in 22 of them at least half of the doctors had financial interests in private health firms. In some cases, this was true of all of the GPs on a board.

The research, carried out by the pressure group False Economy, presents the prospect of GPs outsourcing £60bn of NHS services in their local areas to profit-making firms they are involved with, the paper says.

A study suggesting playing soothing classical music to patients on the operating table helps them relax and recover sooner from their operations is covered by several papers.

In research published in the journal Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons, 96 patients undergoing minor surgery were randomly assigned music including Beethoven, Vivaldi and Bach or silence. All were awake during their procedures, which included routine removal of skin lesions and cleansing of upper limb wounds after accidents.

The half played music reported lower anxiety levels and lower breathing rates than the others, researchers at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford said.

A name for this form of anaesthetic? The Telegraph suggests "a little knife music".

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