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GPs who earn more than the PM, Baby P doctor to sue NHS and how to freeze off your love handles

By Steve Nowottny

Our roundup of health news headlines on Monday 20 September.

GPs are among 9,000 public sector workers singled out on the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail‘s front page this morning for earning more than the Prime Minister. According to a study by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism for BBC’s Panorama, 6,748 NHS employees earn more than Mr Cameron’s £142,500 pa – including 1,465 GPs

The Times reports (no link due to the paywall) that the doctor who first raised concerns about the clinic which failed to raise the alarm over Baby P is to sue the NHS for compensation. Consultant paediatrician Dr Kim Holt is reportedly seeking up to £100,000 in a personal injury claim against her employer, Great Ormond Street Hospital, after claiming that she was forced out of her job and suffered a nervous breakdown.

The Daily Mail covers research from the University of California, covered in the journal Pediatrics, which suggests that obesity may be caused by a ‘highly-infectious virus’ – meaning that ‘obesity can be “caught” in childhood and isn’t only caused by eating too much.’

Fear not though, the Mail also has the solution – and on the very same page no less. ‘Love handles? Free them off‘ is its headline as it reports on the arrival in Britain of the £80,000 ‘CoolSculpting’ device.

Promoted as a ‘painless alternative to liposuction’, we’re told the device ‘features a gel patch that clamps on to flabby parts of the body and freezes fat cells. The sub-zero temperatures cause the fat cells to die. They are reabsorbed and then flushed away by the body over the next few months, leaving the patient sleeker’. Which is good to know.

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