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Waiting times increase, concern over GP role in maternity care, and why having a sister makes you a nicer person

By Gareth Iacobucci

Our roundup of health news headlines on Wednesday 4 August

The Telegraph leads with the news that hospital waiting times have begun to rise again following the introduction of European rules on junior doctors’ working hours. Expect the backlash to grow on this one.

The Guardian reports on the findings of the King’s Fund’s report into maternity services, also documented here by Pulse, and focuses on the recommendation that GPs need to be more directly involved in the care of pregnant women.

A triple header of health stories in the Independent this morning. First of all, the paper reports that the success of the national breast screening programme has been called into question by a review which says it is harming almost as many women as it helps and must be urgently re-evaluated.

Elsewhere, we read of research published this month which claims there is an ‘epidemic of overtreatment’ for prostate cancer.

The Indie also brings us the news that calls to regulate the sale of ‘do-it-yourself genetic testing kits’ (which seems a step too far for the B&Q enthusiast) have been rejected.

To Scotland, where the Government is ‘under fire’ (if the Herald is to be believed), after being accused of wasting £550,000 by setting up a one-stop health advice service at NHS 24 for patients at a time when thousands of NHS jobs are at risk.

The Telegraph brings us the story of a British teenager who has been given a new windpipe grown from her own stem cells in a pioneering operation.

Hard hitting stuff in The Mail, which reports on some new research which suggests that women who watch their husbands/partners drop off before them can suffer from ‘sleep envy’. Amazingly, some women admit to waking their husbands up because they’re jealous of their lovely sleep. The Daily Digest is staying quiet/asleep on this one…

And finally, some possible explanation for the Daily Digest’s jaundiced, cynical view of the world, as the Mail brings us the shock revelation that having a sister can apparently make you a nicer person. Apparently boffins have deduced that having a female sibling can wards off feelings of loneliness, guilt and fear, and boost confidence. Pah.

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

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