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NHS chief pay-out ‘outrage’, women to get womb transplants and call for earlier MS treatment

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

The Times reports this morning there has been ‘outrage’ over a senior NHS managers’ payoff worth more than £410,000.

David Flory, chief executive of the NHS Trust Development Authority, was promised the redundancy payment when the North East Strategic Health Authority he ran was abolished, the paper says.

Shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander said the payout was ‘completely unjustifiable’ and that NHS staff facing pay cuts ‘will struggle to understand why ministers approved this disgraceful golden goodbye’.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said that Mr Flory’s payment ‘reflected more than 20 years at board level’ and that reforms on salaries and redundancy pay did not apply as the amount was promised three years ago.

Ten British women are set to receive womb transplants after a trial of the procedure was given ethical approval, The Telegraph reports.

It is hoped the transplants will offer hope to childless couples whose only other option is surrogacy or adoption, the paper says.

Around one in 5,000 women are born without a womb, while others lose their womb to cancer.

Lastly, the BBC reports that people suffering from relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) should be offered drug treatment earlier – within six months of diagnosis – according to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The charity’s review found that contrary to previously held beliefs, the disease continues to worsen during the remitting phase and that disease-modifying drugs could help slow progression in these cases.

However, NICE said there is still debate over their use early on in the condition – and that other things should be promoted like better access to specialists and physiotherapy.

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