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Doctors call for smoking ban in cars, ambulance staff given prizes not to refer patients to hospital, and why man flu isn’t his fault.



By Gareth Iacobucci

Our roundup of news headlines on Wednesday 24 March.

The Times dedicates ample coverage to the smoking debate this morning. On the front page, we learn that twenty of Britain’s most senior doctors are calling for a ban on smoking in cars to protect children against the effects of inhaling smoke.

In a letter to the paper, the doctors – including RCGP chair Professor Steve Field – say more anti-smoking legislation is required to address the ‘serious health problems caused by passive smoking’.

Inside, the paper dedicates further space to the exploration of the effects of passive smoking, which, it claims, costs the NHS £23.3m a year.

Elsewhere, The Mail reports on a study in the BMJ which suggests that breast cancer screening makes little difference to death rates and may lead to needless treatment.

An almost unbelievable story in the Mirror, a prize draw that rewarded ambulance crews for not taking patients to hospital has been abandoned after staff said it was unethical. Surely not?! The paper says that South Central Ambulance Service bosses were ‘slammed’ for offering four £200 shopping vouchers a week to staff who correctly referred people to GPs instead, in a bid to cut pressure on hospitals.

A pill being developed by scientists could cure the cause and not just the symptoms of period pain, says the Telegraph.

And it’s good news for men in The Mail, who offer a definitive explanation of ‘Why man flu isn’t his fault’

Apparently, the reason men are prone to taking to their beds at the first sign of a cold is not because they are wimps, wusses or mummies boys. It’s actually because of their ‘inherent masculine drive for adventure and danger’. So there.

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