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Hunt blames nurses for wasting billions, Obama gets tough on ebola and why crash diets may be most effective

A round-up of the morning’s health news headlines.

Poor care on hospital wards is costing the NHS billions, according to Jeremy Hunt. Trailing a speech by the health secretary later today, The Daily Mail reports that he will say mistakes costs between £1bn-£2.5bn a year.

However he was accused by the Royal College of Nursing for trying to blame nurses for errors caused by a lack of investment and low staffing levels, reportsThe Independent.

The Mail further reports that US President Barack Obama will send in ‘SWAT teams’ as soon as a new ebola case is discovered in the States, as part of a ‘more aggressive’ response in tackling the disease.

And if you were sitting there feeling bad for missing breakfast - read The Telegraph instead. The paper reports on a new study suggesting that crash-dieting may be a more effective way of tackling the pounds than steady weight loss because the release of appetite-suppressant ketones.

Reasearchers followed a group of obese people put on a 12-week weight loss programme, comparing them to a group given 36 weeks to lose the same amount of weight, finding the crash dieters were 80% successful compared to just 50% of the other group.

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