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Cameron’s NHS u-turn: sign of strength or humiliating climbdown?

Our round-up of the health headlines on Wednesday 15 June.

The morning's health coverage is dominated by reaction to the Government's health bill revisions. Does prime minister David Cameron's NHS rethink mark a humiliating climbdown for the PM or a coalition victory?

The prime minister is defending his NHS u-turn as a 'sign of strength', reports the Guardian. Yet the Daily Mail deems yesterday 'a day of humiliation' for the PM, health secretary Andrew Lansley and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. The Independent warns that Mr Lansley's 'emasculated' bill now offers 'the worst of all worlds'.

The ability of GPs to tackle faltering hospitals will be compromised by the Government's decision to include hospital doctors on commissioning consortia, warns The Times (paywall). 'It will be hard to deny contracts to people sitting in the same room,' the paper reports.

One in seven GPs appointed to clinical commissioning boards could have a 'significant financial conflict of interest', reports the Independent. The investigation is underpinned by Bureau of Investigative Journalism research, exclusively reported by Pulse last week.

Away from the world of NHS politics, a new study finds that stillbirths are linked to the position a mother sleeps in, says the Guardian. Meanwhile, in the The Daily Mail, research psychiatrists are warning that millions of Alzheimer's disease sufferers could be denied treatment as funding is diverted to 'more lucrative' diseases.

the Mail also reports that the number of new cases of sexually transmitted infections in England has dropped for the first time in a decade, albeit by 1%.

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