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Cosmetic injections a ‘crisis waiting to happen’, A&E patients sleeping in cupboards and are you a bit nicer to thinner patients?

Cosmetic injections such as lip fillers are a ‘crisis waiting to happen’ and should only be available on prescription, a DH-commissioned review of cosmetic procedures has concluded.

According to the BBC, the report warned that dermal fillers, which are currently covered by the same level of regulation as toothbrushes, could cause lasting harm.

It also criticised ‘distateful’ companies for putting profit ahead of patient care, and said that cosmetic surgery had been ‘trivialised’.

The Telegraph reports that A&E patients are sleeping in cupboards and corridors, as waiting times routinely reach 12 hours in some parts of the country and ‘queue nurses’ are appointed to watch over patients brought in by ambulances.

Nurses said the problems have exploded in recent weeks, following the national rollout of the 111 urgent care hotline.

Official figures submitted by NHS trusts to the DH show that 27,247 patients spent longer than four hours in an emergency department in the week ending 17 March, compared with 13,200 in the same week last year.

Over at the Daily Mail, American research has found that doctors are likely to be nicer to thinner patients, perhaps because they think fatter patients should be doing more to help themselves.

Researchers at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore found that while doctors are no less professional in diagnosing or treating overweight patients’ illnesses, their bedside manner changes when they address them.

Researchers believe this might be because doctors have less respect for fatter patients, and think they should be taking action to lose weight.

This attitude could have a negative impact on the health of overweight patients as the research also shows that a patient is less likely to take on board advice about lifestyle changes if they don’t feel a rapport between them and their doctor.