Daily Digest: 11 September 2009
Today's round-up of the GP and other health stories making the headlines.
This morning's papers are somewhat divided over the take-home message from yesterday's swine flu briefing at the Department of Health. The Daily Mail is upbeat (no, really), claiming that Britain is ‘Tantalisingly close to beating swine flu'. The Independent is more cautious, with ‘NHS ready for swine flu surge', while the Guardian concentrates on preparations in hospital trusts, with ‘Critical care doubled for return of swine flu'.
The Telegraph splashes this morning on the assisted suicide debate, reporting comments from Britain's most senior judge, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, who says he feels ‘enormous sympathy' for terminally patients who wish to end their lives using assisted suicide. The story also receives big play in the Mail and the Times.
The decision of pharmacy giant Boots to start offering the cervical cancer vaccine to women too old to have it on the NHS receives mention in a number of papers, including the Telegraph. A course of three jabs costs £405, the Mail reports, while the Sun says the scheme has the backing of Cancer Research UK.
The Independent has a story saying that the Government's controversial new vetting database, the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS), will cost the NHS and public bodies £170m in fees as they register their employees. The VBS comes into force next month, and is intended to prevent unsuitable people from working with children.
And some good news – Health Protection Agency figures show that MRSA blood infection rates in England fell by nearly 40 per cent in the last quarter, the BBC reports.
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