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Prime Minister opposes assisted dying, doctors face imposed weekend work and why elderly should spend two minutes a day hopping

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

David Cameron has said he doesn’t support moves to legalise euthanasia. The Prime Minister’s declaration comes as MPs prepared to debate the Assisted Dying Bill in the Commons today.

It proposes two doctors could prescribe a lethal drug to a terminally ill patient wishing to die, but the patient would have to take it themself.

The Government and the BMA are starting negotiations today over whether weekend work should become compulsory for hospital consultants.

The BMA has highlighted that most doctors already work on weekends but health secretary Jeremy Hunt has complained that the fact they are under no obligation to is driving up costs for NHS trusts to fill shifts on weekends.

He has said he is willing to impose his proposed contractual changes.

Lastly, so that two minutes of hopping a day can reduce the risk of falls and breaks in frail elderly.

A Loughborough University study said just one year of regular hopping was enough to improve bone density in old people with thinning bones.

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  • GPs will have good old bones then since we are all so HOPPING mad about the state of the NHS !!!

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  • When it comes to preserving life, the BMA as well as the prime minister should join forces to fight the evil idea of assisted suicide. In the interest of the medical profession, providing quality of life to their patients is of paramount importance, and on no occasion one should play god on taking life. Morally no patient can demand to help suicide or fix a time for dying, as one's birth is not his/her choice. Do not emulate the rotten practice in the EU countries.

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  • Not till you are in the patient's shoes, in pain, incontinent,paralysed etc.
    I think a patient who is tortured by his condition should have a choice of release from his torture.
    I would wish so for myself.

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