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BMA anti-privatisation campaign, Take Care Now plans OOH withdrawal and why chocolate is good for you

By Steve Nowottny

Our roundup of the news headlines on Friday 12 February.

The Daily Telegraph announces the public-facing launch of the BMA's ‘Look after our NHS' campaign with a headline reporting that the ‘number of NHS senior managers has doubled'.

According to the BMA, while the number of doctors and nurses working for the health service has risen by 35 percent since 1995, the number of senior managers has increased by 91 percent.

The Guardian, which has taken a closer interest than many of the other nationals in the Daniel Ubani case, reports this morning that his former employer, Take Care Now, is planning to withdraw from all its remaining out-of-hours contracts.

The paper reports that the service ‘which once provided services for five local trusts, hopes to sell the business to another provider, Harmoni.'

And finally, mixed news in the Telegraph for those who like to relax with a cup of coffee and chocolate biscuit. Just one espresso a day can damage your heart, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Palermo in Italy.

But the chocolate's OK – researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada have found that eating chocolate cuts the risk of a stroke by more than a fifth, patients who eat chocolate regularly are almost 50 percent less likely to die as a result.

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