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Out-of-hours locum spurns GMC; junior doctor shortage sparks recruitment drive in India, and warning over ‘coffin chaser’ firm

By Gareth Iacobucci

Our roundup of health news headlines on Wednesday 2 June.

Big news in GP land today. For those who didn't read Pulse's story yesterday, the Government's decision to call a halt to the rollout of revalidation by pledging to extend pilots for a further year, is also covered in the Telegraph this morning.

The Daily Mail reports that Daniel Ubani, the locum GP responsible for the death of an elderly patient on his first out-of-hours shift in Britain, is refusing to attend a hearing in front of the General Medical Council.

Elsewhere, an investigation by the BBC has uncovered evidence that a shortage of junior doctors is forcing the NHS to try to recruit from India

And a good old fashioned scam story in the Mail, who report that families registering deaths at town halls or visiting their local GP are being lured into signing up to a 'coffin chaser' company (their words not ours, naturally) which can charge ‘eye-watering' fees for basic probate services.

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

Daily Digest - 02 June 2010