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Independents' Day

Strike threats, postcode lotteries and why you should soak up the sun

Our roundup of the health news headlines on Tuesday 28 June.

Our roundup of the health news headlines on Tuesday 28 June.

Veiled strike threats by doctors at the BMA's annual representative meeting in Cardiff over the Government's ‘unwarranted and unfair assault' on their pensions keep the gathering in the papers.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, BMA chair, delivered a sharply worded rejection of the coalition's pensions plans in his keynote address, the Guardian notes.

The Independent focuses on ‘the postcode lottery' for medical treatment with GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul telling the conference he found it ‘shameful' that some seriously ill patients had to consider moving home to get treatment unavailable in their area, adding there were huge variations ‘entirely dictated by where they live'.

In other news the GMC has said that doctors who believe that a child is at risk of abuse or neglect must raise their concerns with parents and authorities, the Times reports (behind paywall).

And finally, given the hot weather some may find it heartening that the Daily Mail reports that a study has found spending an average of three hours a day exposed to sunlight can slash the risk of breast cancer by up to 50%.

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