Hospitals hit back over anti-independence ads, domestic dads deliver driven daughters, and weighty news from the Telegraph
A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines on Friday 30 May.
Another day, another game of NHS political football as the Guardian reports that a pro-union advert, claiming Scots would struggle to get NHS care in England after independence, has been pulled.
The ad, shown in Scottish cinemas, said Scots wouldn’t be able to transfer NHS hospitals like Great Ormond Street if they left the UK, but this was flatly denied by the hospital.
A spokesperson for Great Ormond Street told the Guardian: ‘Some of our specialist treatments are only available here, so we’re probably quite different from a lot of standard NHS hospitals, so we do have arrangements with a lot of countries because they don’t have the same level of specialist care that we can offer patients.’
In a statement, the hospital said: ‘Great Ormond Street Hospital was not consulted about this advertising, and we in no way endorse its messages, or that of any other political campaign group’
Doctor daughters of domesticated dads could be misplaced in thinking it was their own hard-work and academic aptitude got them through medical school.
But the Independent reports that it was nothing of the sort, apparently. Because a new study claims having a father who does his fair share of the house work leads young ladies to grow up with broader and more ambitious career goals.
Lead author, Alyssa Croft, at the University of British Columbia said the study ‘suggests girls grow up with broader career goals in households where domestic duties are shared more equitably by parents.’
And finally, in the wake of news that Britain is the third most obese nation in Europe, the Daily Telegraph has laid out a smorgasbord of dietary delights for the news-hungry to gorge on.
Apparently, the latest research reveals that sleeping with the light on, eating more than three slices of white bread a day, and WeightWatchers foods have all been linked to high-calorie intake or obesity.
But there is hope for the waistlines of somniphobic, sandwich-stuffing, slimmers, as the Telegraph also reports that a new injectable diet-drug could be available on the NHS within the year.