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GP MP 'wants people to wait longer' in A&E, fruit bar diabetes 'breakthrough' and why organic milk may be bad for unborn babies

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

A Tory MP who is also a part-time GP ‘wants people to wait even longer’ at A&E, the Mirror writes. Dr Phillip Lee was quoted as saying that people misusing the service should be made to wait.

He said: ‘Personally, I think there are a number of people in A&E who should be waiting more than four hours, okay? Because it was a weapon in the past to try to stop people misusing the service.’

The latest diabetes ‘breakthrough’ has been hailed in the form of a fruit snackbar. US scientists have spent 10 years developing the bar which contains fibre, omega-3, minerals, vitamins, and fatty acid. The Daily Express reports that the ‘CHORI-bar’ could be a ‘cheap and easy’ way to prevent type-2 diabetes.

In clinical trials people eating two bars a day saw health benefits as well as weight loss, the paper said.

Drinking organic milk while pregnant may lower the child’s IQ, the Telegraph reports. According to a study, organic milk is ‘less healthy’ than conventially produced milk because it contains less iodine, a nutrient that important for early brain development. It also helps control metabolism in adults.

Readers' comments (4)

  • Must agree with the waiting times........ in fact for routine patients turning up at A&E they should be made to wait at least twice as long as the GP appointment was that made them think "stuff this I'm off to A&E if I can't get a routine appointment for 2 weeks!!"

    4 weeks in A&E will make them realise that the two week wait for the GP is not that bad after all!!!

    Bring down Patient expectations or the problems will never be solved.

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  • Yes - make all minor ailments wait. Nature does not have a stopwatch.That's what the rest of the world do, wait and respect who comes to see you - because health is that important to them instead of getting back to upload their Facebook or twitter stream.

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  • More like a Twitter 'scream' I suspect !

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  • we do 'todays work today' and still patients go to A&E with minor stuff. We frequently call patients who are sitting in A&E because they could not be bothered to wait for a call.
    A&E needs a triage. not an accident or an emergency go away. needs to be indemnified and they need to be sure not to send any form of accident to us, also needs politicians to keep their foolish fingers out of healthcare. so really not likely to happen

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