Our roundup of the news headlines on Wednesday 17 February.
The Guardian covers the Governments plans to expand their plans for more integrated care as a way of saving money. Care minister Phil Hope said the NHS had to develop ‘third-generation’ services that would cost less and provide more integrated care for patients.
The Daily Mail covers research that shows the annual £115million cost of giving flu jabs to the elderly may be a ‘complete waste of money’. A gold-standard Cochrane review of the latest evidence found the flu vaccination programme failed to prevent deaths or provide the expected health benefits.
The Daily Telegraph picks up on the results of an HSJ investigation which shows that millions of pounds worth of drugs destined for NHS patients were sold for export by a British hospital for profit.
The Daily Mail covers research that shows statins raise the risk of diabetes by 9%, but the researcher – published in The Lancet – conclude that the benefits still outweigh the risks.
The Express has learnt of a report that shows more than 71,500 lives could be saved if Britain’s cancer survival rates were brought up to the level of other EU countries.
The BBC reports that plans for a £29m surgical centre at a West Yorkshire hospital have been shelved because of ‘financial challenges’.
And finally, The Times has a piece from research in the Journal of the American Medical Association that concludes the Egyptian king Tutankhamun was a very sickly monarch. As he was the ‘result of incest’, he had a number of genetic diseases and a club foot which meant that the pharaoh needed a cane to walk, say the authors of the study.