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Daily Digest 5 November 2009

Today's round-up - including the Kingston GP who is refusing a swine flu jab, a revolutionary prostate cancer treatment and a treat for choccy lovers.

Today's round-up - including the Kingston GP who is refusing a swine flu jab, a revolutionary prostate cancer treatment and a treat for choccy lovers.

The regional press seem to be ahead of the game today in terms of healthcare news with the Bolton News reporting that the first swine flu vaccine has arrived at surgeries.

And the Kingston Guardian reports that one of the town's GPs has said he may not take the swine flu vaccination because it 'has been rushed out' but advised vulnerable patients to have the free jab.

But the nationals are still in there. The Guardian reports on a survey by the US-based Commonwealth Fund which found that UK GPs rate improvements to the quality of patient care more highly than doctors in 10 other industrialised countries. The study of health services in 11 nations as welcomed by the health secretary, Andy Burnham, who said excessive reliance on health targets had 'become disempowering' for NHS frontline staff. This story is also carried by the Daily Mirror.

But articles in the Sun and the Mail point out the findings of a study that says Britain has fourth-worse breast cancer survival rate in Europe.

The Guardian also reports that switching to low-tar cigarettes may hinder smokers' attempts to quit.

The Telegraph reports that a team at the University of Adelaide in Australia have discovered a link between taking folic acid in late pregnancy and asthma risk in their children. The researchers found that the risk of the child having asthma increases 26%. This story is also carried by the Guardian.

The Telegraph also warns that managers are the biggest threat to mental health, according to Government advisers. The report says that managers should praise their staff more.

The Telegraph's Cassandra Jardine talks to disgraced drug tsar Professor David Nutt about his opinions on drink, drugs and smoking.

The Times' science editor Mark Henderson writes about a new nanotechnology that can be used to fight prostate cancer. The 'stealth smart bomb' is to begin patient trials next year.

The Times also reports on an official report that claims dying patients suffer poor hospital care because of poor communication. This is also featured in the Independent.

In the specialist press, the Health Service Journal reports on DH proposals that threaten trainee medic posts. HSJ reporter Sally Gainsbury writes that a shake-up in the way trainee doctors are funded could force hospitals cut training posts for junior doctors and swap their posts for nurses.

And good news for chocolate lovers. According to the Daily Mirror – among others - eating dark chocolate prevents wrinkles.

Daily Digest

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