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Independents' Day

MPs call for assisted dying law change; abolition of mixed sex wards and why small fingers are better

Our daily digest of news headlines from Wednesday 16 December 2009.

By Gareth Iacobucci

Our daily digest of news headlines from Wednesday 16 December 2009.

Most newspapers, including The Times on its front-page, report the results of a new poll, which shows that more than half of MPs believe that the law should be changed to allow doctors to help terminally ill patients to die without fear of prosecution.

The Telegraph carries the news that a British patient has undergone a pioneering lung transplant using damaged donor lungs that were "resuscitated" in a laboratory to make them suitable for use.

Scientists who advise the Government will be expected to develop a 'shared position' with ministers on controversial topics, under guidelines issued after the row over the equally controversial sacking of chief drugs adviser David Nutt, says the Times.

The Daily Mail and others reveal that the chief medical officer Liam Donaldson will by stepping down next May after working for the Labour Government for the past 12 years. Coincidentally, of course, this could also be the month that the Tories are elected.

Mixed sex wards in NHS hospitals will finally be abolished next year, says the Telegraph.

And finally, in the truest sense of the term, The Mail reports on new research which shows petite fingers have a more developed sense of touch, making them more sensitive. Apparently, this therefore indicates that women are more sensitive than men...

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

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