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#GPnews: Doctors react to Hunt announcement

15:06 Doctors have reacted to Jeremy Hunt's announcement that new medics will have to work for four years in the NHS with a fair amount of skepticism.

For example, Oxford-based junior doctor and blogger Dr Rachel Clarke said on Twitter that the announcement meant she had 'never felt closer to quitting'.

Doncaster LMC medical secretary Dr Dean Eggitt, a member of the GPC, also likened the move to military conscription.

13:38 MRSA superbugs have been located in pork products sold in the UK for human consumption.

An investigation by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found a bug which is 'potentially deadly to humans'.

It is killed through cooking but can survive if there is a lapse in food hygiene, said the report.

The bugs were blamed by scientists on overuse of antibiotics in agriculture.

10:37 The Guardian has a worrying news report regarding young people’s mental health.

A survey by charity Girlguiding UK has found that more than a third of young girls think that women are judged more on their appearance than their abilities, leading to anxieties about not measuring up.

Campaigners found that 35% of seven to 10-year-olds agreed with the statement, and 36% said they themselves were made to feel their looks were their most important attribute.

Some 38% of the group had low body confidence, worrying that they were not pretty enough.

Fawcett Society chief executive Sam Smethers said women and girls were 'persistently judged on what they look like’ and suffered 'significantly higher' rates of depressions and mental illness.

She said: 'This is serious. As a society we need to face up to the fact that objectification and harassment is ruining girls’ lives and we are letting it happen.’

09:40 Today’s big news, set to be announced by health secretary Jeremy Hunt at the Tory party conference this afternoon, is an increase of medical school places by up to a quarter.

The Government is expecting to spend an extra £100m on training doctors during the remainder of its parliamentary term, but it expects to see a return on the investment from reduced use of locums in the longer term.

But for aspiring medics, the investment comes with strings: they will be required to work in the NHS for four years upon qualification.

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