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Andrew Wakefield struck off; Ubani case payout, and why having an allergy could increase your life expectancy



By Steve Nowottny

Our roundup of health news headlines on Monday 24 May.

Most of the broadsheets lead this morning with what the Daily Telegraph calls in its headline the ‘first swing of the axe‘, as Chancellor George Osborne prepares to unveil a £6 billion package of spending cuts.

As the Times reports, the Department of Health is one of just three which will be allowed to maintain spending at existing levels (Defence and International Development being the other two) – but with the war on waste now definitively underway, it remains to be seen what if any health programmes are deemed surplus to requirements. Check back for more on PulseToday later today.

The Guardian, which has very much led the way on coverage of the Ubani case, reports today that the family of the patient who died, David Gray, has accepted compensation.

Take Care Now, the company that hired Dr Daniel Ubani as an out-of-hours locum, and NHS Cambridgeshire reportedly made offers totalling £40,000 – although the Gray family’s solicitor said the money was a ‘derisory sum for loss of life’ and the figure would have been much higher in the US.

The BBC reports that Dr Andrew Wakefield has this morning been struck off the medical register. It comes, the Press Association says, after a GMC panel ruled in January that he had ‘abused his position of trust’ when he researched a possible link between the MMR vaccine, bowel disease and autism.

And finally, if you’re an allergy sufferer, the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph have some good news – according to researchers from Cornell University in the US, you’re far less likely to contract cancer.

The study found asthmatics were 30% less likely to get ovarian cancer than non-allergy sufferers, and children with allergies to airborne substances were 40% less likely to develop leukaemia than non-allergy others.

Spotted a story we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll update the digest throughout the day…

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