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Former BMA chair faces GMC, NICE idea for gymslip mums, whistle while you work

By Ian Quinn

Our roundup of health news headlines on Wednesday 22 September.

Allegations surrounding the former BMA chair Mr James Johnson feature heavily in today’s papers, as he goes before the GMC facing a fitness to practise hearing.

Many column inches are devoted to the Cheshire surgeon, who vigorously denies charges of misconduct during operations.

He was BMA leader between 2003 and 2007 but now is fighting to save his career and his reputation, rather than standing up for the rights of doctors.

Most of today’s papers carry the story of NICE’s recommendation that gymslip mums should be offered ante-natal classes in the classroom to save them the potential embarrassment of visiting their GP or local clinics.

NICE is recommending the plans for schools in areas with high rates of teen pregnancy, with pupils able to miss normal lessons to attend.

It says many pregnant teens are put off visiting their GP and may be missing out on parenting advice but critics have slammed the scheme claiming it normalises teenage pregnancy and warning that while they may be learning about breastfeeding and other skills, their maths and English will go to pot.

The papers also carry vindication for Disney dwarfs , which Pulse predicts could lead to a rash of violent incidents at work .

Scientists have apparently found that whistling or singing to yourself enhances one’s performance, by distracting the brain from nerves and over-thinking.

Perhaps it could also be the answer for the practice waiting room and consultations.

Altogether now, put on that grin and start right in ……..

Spotted a story we’ve missed? Let us know, and we’ll update the digest throughout the day…

Daily Digest – 22 Sept 2010