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Gerada on flu, Lansley on drugs and ladies on antidepressants



By Charlotte Barnes

Our roundup of health news headlines on Tuesday 11 January.

In the latest flu jab story, The Daily Telegraph leads with RCGP chair Dr Clare Gerada stating the ‘worried well’ should be ‘banned from paying for the flu jab privately’. The paper reports ‘healthy people buying the flu jab have compounded shortages in the NHS and left those at greatest risk struggling to get the vaccine’, according to Dr Gerada.

Proposals for a new ‘one-stop-shop’ research body have been welcomed by Andrew Lansley, reports The Guardian today.

The Health Research Agency will speed up applications by scientists to carry out research, cutting out the ‘bureaucracy’ the current system is criticised for. It is also hoped it will make the UK a ‘more attractive place’ for drug companies to carry out trials. The review is published today, by the Academy of Medical Sciences and led by Sir Michael Rawlins, chair of the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

The proposal comes as The Guardian features the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, one of the ‘192 quangos listed for abolition’. The paper reports the authority, which is relied on by anyone undergoing fertility treatment in the UK, is ‘gently fighting a low-key, behind-the-scenes battle for survival’.

After announcing last week that twice the amount of women feel stressed compared to men, The Daily Telegraph today says women are also ‘twice as likely as men to be depressed’ according to a report released by Platform 51 (formerly the Young Women’s Christian Association). Depression in women can cause ‘highly damaging’ and ‘self-destructive behaviour’ such as ‘drinking’ and ‘accumulating debt’.

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