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NHS 'escapes the axe'; genetic testing and electric shock therapy for Daily Mail journalists

Our daily digest of news headlines from Thursday 10 December 2009.

Our daily digest of news headlines from Thursday 10 December 2009.

Not much news today other than the release of the pre-budget report from the Chancellor. Most of the papers cover the developments for the NHS, with Daily Mail saying it had ‘escaped the axe' but would still have real terms decreases in its funding.

Other newspapers focus on the 1% pay cap on pay rises for four million public sector workers, hitting doctors and nurses working in the NHS.

Never missing a chance to bash GPs, the Daily Mail reports on how the NHS is failing on strokes dentistry and NHS beds, but still manages to pay GPs ‘more than any other developed country.'

The Independent offers hope to everyone traumatised by phobias, after scientists claimed they could interfere with the way memories are ‘reconsolidated' in the brain and reduce the fear associated with spiders, heights or food.

It is not clear exactly what the new technique is, but it involves zapping subjects with electric shocks and showing them some coloured cards – something that most GPs would like to experiment on Daily Mail journalists if they have the chance I'm sure.

Most papers cover the story of two sisters who have decided to have their stomachs removed after a genetic test revealed they had an 80% chance of developing gastric cancer.

Genetic testing is also covered in The Times, which claims the NHS is falling behind because not able to commission ‘simple' tests such as those to show if the latest cancer drugs are likely to be effective.

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