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Crackdown on OOH GPs, device to sniff out C diff and the sperm ‘accelerator pedal’



Our roundup of news headlines on Friday 5 February 2010

All the newspapers are concerned with the implications of the Daniel Ubani case, after an inquest found he killed a patient ‘unlawfully’.

The German GP has sparked Government action over the safety of out-of-hours, with all GPs working OOH shifts to be vetted and put on a national database.

The Times reports that Dr Ubani is ‘wealthy and popular’ in his hometown in Germany, but was known for making a ‘a regrettable accident’ while working in the UK.

The Guardian has a story that 600 lives a year could be saved if hospital services for those who suffer life-threatening injuries in accidents were better managed.

The article is based on a report from the National Audit Office that says the provision of care for patients suffering serious injuries in hospital is ‘lamentable’, with many accidents and injuries happening at night and weekends, when emergency consultants are not often at work.

A device that sniffs out stomach bugs within minutes could save the NHS millions, it has been revealed.

The Telegraph reports that the ‘OdoReader’, developed by the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, can rapidly diagnose Clostridium difficile.

The Daily mail describes a ‘miracle girl’ who recovered from a brain tumour that threatened to blind her, after it simply disappeared.

Researchers have found the ‘accelerator pedal’ for sperm. The chemical switch kick starts sperm swimming, but also controls its speed as it races towards fertilising an egg. This is so it doesn’t burn out before reaching its goal, says the Telegraph – hmm maybe we all need one of those.

Daily Digest – 5 February 2010