Two of this morning’s papers report on the increasingly acrimonious dispute between health secretary Andrew Lansley and the medical profession over the Health and Social Care Bill.
The Independent says Mr Lansley has upped the stakes by accusing the British Medical Association of having opposed ‘every important reform’ back to the founding of the NHS more than 60 years ago.
The health secretary accused his critics of spreading ‘lies’ about the reforms and suggested that change in the NHS had always been opposed because it was ‘hard’, the Independent says.
The Guardian says Mr Lansley accused the BMA of being ‘politically poisoned‘ – a putdown first used by Aneurin Bevan, the founding father of the NHS at the time the service was created in 1948.
Also in The Guardian is a report on a possible test for autism in babies that looks at measuring brain activity to identify infants most at risk of developing the disorder later in life.
The research focused on 6-10-month-old babies, with sensors placed on the babies’ scalps to measure brain activity while the infants were shown faces that switched between looking at them or away from them.
Back at The Independent, a story suggests the number of men dying as a result of alcohol – mostly liver disease – increased in 2010. The number of deaths among women fell.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that a total of 8,790 people died of alcohol-related causes in 2010, 126 more than in 2009. The number of deaths among men rose from 5,690 in 2009 to 5,865 in 2010, the latest year for which figures are available.
And The Mirror is among the papers reporting that more than a million cancer carers may be missing out on vital support they are entitled to.
Just one in 20 people who look after sick relatives receive a carers’ assessment from councils, even though they all should get one.
Macmillan Cancer Support says this means up to 1.1million people could be losing out on practical, emotional and financial help, according to the paper.