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Daily Digest 3 December 2009

Today's roundup - including a fresh attack on GPs from the Daily Mail, and the toddler 'saved by superglue'.

By Steve Nowottny

Today's roundup - including a fresh attack on GPs from the Daily Mail, and the toddler 'saved by superglue'.

The BMA's general election manifesto makes the front page of the Daily Telegraph today, with the paper focusing on its call for GP appointments to be extended to 15 and 20 minutes.

The Daily Mail, however, is predictably unimpressed: ‘GPs demand more money for longer appointments' is the headline.

The Telegraph, Guardian and BBC all report a study commissioned by the GMC, which found that almost one in ten prescriptions written in hospitals by junior doctors contain errors that could harm patients. Mistakes identified include omitting drugs, prescribing the wrong doses, not taking into account a patient's handwriting and illegible handwriting.

Hospitals are also suffering from a staffing crisis, the Telegraph reports, with figures published by the Conservatives suggesting one in three are suffering a shortage of senior doctors in A&E.

Better news from hospitals though comes with the story of Dafi Evans, a toddler suffering from Vein of Galen malformation, whose life was saved with a revolutionary technique using Histoacryl. The Sun, Mirror and Mail all go for a similar headline: ‘Saved by superglue'

Sharon Boor, the mother of a healthy nine year-old girl with no underlying conditions who died after contracting swine flu, has called for all children to be given the swine flu jab, the Mirror says.

A new King's Fund report suggesting that the NHS is facing a ‘perfect storm' of funding cut backs, rising costs and changing patient demographics appears in the Telegraph.

And finally, the Sun reports the case of Zak Hessey, a two-year-old in Bolsover, Derbyshire, who was taken into care by social workers after this mother refused to follow doctors' advice to feed him crisps, chocolate and other junk food to bulk him up. The obvious, brilliant headline? ‘Let him eat cake'.

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