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GP takes Gordon Brown to task, cancer drug row and ‘designer baby’ breakthrough

Our roundup of news headlines on Thursday 15 April.

The War of Jennifer's Ear it wasn't, but several newspapers carry reports this morning about Gordon Brown being confronted directly by a Leeds GP over Labour's plans for a ‘massive expansion' of cancer diagnostics in primary care.

The Guardian reports that, asked by the Prime Minister what he thought of the plan, Dr Andrew Wright gave a rather blunt response.

‘I think you will find it quite difficult to offer that kind of service here,' he told the Labour leader.

‘There certainly isn't the equipment, and I think a lot of my colleagues would find it quite difficult taking on the responsibility of making those precise diagnoses.'

Not content with that, the Daily Mail reports that the forthright Dr Wright then tackled Mr Brown on the subject of GP access.

‘The pressure on the appointments system most of the time is very intense and trying to satisfy demand is increasingly difficult,' he told him.

A story in the Health Service Journal revealing that cancer drugs controversially sold onto the export market by the Royal Surrey County Hospital Foundation Trust included those now listed as in short supply to the NHS is covered in several of the nationals today.

The Daily Mail reports that the ‘the trust in Surrey sold more than £4million worth of drugs abroad to raise £300,000 cash, which it used to gain coveted foundation status'.

The Mail also covers a story first broken by Channel 4 News revealing that up to 3,400 hospital workers employed by hospital medical contractor ISS Mediclean may be illegal immigrants.

The warning comes after an official investigation by the UK Border Agency into 1,500 of the company's staff found eight percent of the cleaners, security guards and cooks supplied to the NHS by ISS Mediclean had no right to work.

And most of the papers, as well as the BBC, report research published in the journal Nature covering the creation of embryos containing genetic material from one man and two women.

Scientists at Newcastle University believe the development is a breakthrough that could eradicate a host of hereditary diseases – although the Telegraph warns ‘the study is likely to reopen the debate over the ethics of embryo research and "designer babies"'.

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