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Daily Digest 12 November 2009

Today's round-up of health news in the media - including GP incentives to cut antibiotic scrips, Chlamydia overspends and a crisis in US health reform.

Today's round-up of health news in the media - including GP incentives to cut antibiotic scrips, Chlamydia overspends and a crisis in US health reform.

According to the Daily Telegraph, thousands of GPs are being paid not to prescribe antibiotics. The paper writes that about half of local healthcare trusts have set up incentive schemes to discourage the prescription of these drugs.

The Sun also carries this story under the headline 'antibiotic ban for medics' after GPs were told to stop handing out so many antibiotics for coughs and colds, for which they are useless.

The BBC reports that Chlamydia testing 'wasted money'. A report by the Nationla Audit Office says that £17m had been squandered on duplicated effort by the NHS, which had failed to test as many under-25s as it should have.

The Independent reports on an 11th hour crisis to President Barack Obama's move for healthcare reform in the US. A row has blown up over an controversial abortion amendment to the bill, which has plunged the bill into 'unexpected jeopardy', according to the paper.

The Indy also carries an article on the use of human embryonic stem cells to help people recover from the damage caused by radiation in the treatment of brain tumours.

The Times reports on new rules that insist that all future nurses have a degree. The newspaper also looks at a revolutionary technique for breast regeneration after mastectomies.

Spotted a story we've missed? Let us know and we'll update the digest throughout the day...

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