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Seven-day NHS threat to patient safety, while developing cancer is 'down to bad luck', or is it?

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

On the first working day of the year, the Guardian’s front page features a warning over Government plans for a seven-day NHS, as the BMA says the move could harm patient care.

The BMA says that the political incentive is being rolled out without sufficient funding and would therefore lead to cutbacks elsewhere in the service, such as fewer mid-week operations.

Over on the Independent, some potentially good - or bad - news, depending on your lifestyle habits, as researchers have claimed that ‘bad luck’ is to blame for most types of cancers. However despite this smoking and sunburn were still a bad idea, they added.

But, in a blog heavily trailed in major news outlets, leading doctor and former BMJ editor Dr Richard Smith says cancer is ‘the best way to die’ as it allows for preparation and reflection. Sky News quotes him as saying we should ‘stop wasting billions’ on trying to find a cure.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Quite a fatalistic approach - 'bad luck' and 'stop wasting billions' theories. Reminds me of a philosopher's note;
    '' If everything happens as it must, call it luck or fate- how is anoybody to blame.''
    If our forefather's had that attitude, we probably would have still been enjoying the company of the flintstones.
    As for cancers, yes there is this theory of apoptosis and we have studied the Caspase cascades which tell you of triggers causing mutations. The study of apotptosis does very clearly indicate the correlation between cigarette smoke, alcohol and induced apoptosis. In fact, alcohol is on top of the list of triggers - so our lifestyle does have a role to play. It is quite an irresponsible message to the public if you say to them your lifestyle has nothing to do with cancers, it's just hard luck. So maybe our PH PR should act responsibly so the public behaves in a responsible manner too.

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