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Why some doctors are guilty of a ‘complete dereliction of duty’, and other health stories

Our round-up of the health headlines on Friday 23 September 2011.


Many of the newspapers report on the GP who allegedly advised his patient to look to God.

The Telegraph reports today that the GMC was told GP and former missionary Dr Richard Scott told a patient man Christianity could help him at the end of his consultation. Click here to read the full story on PulseToday.

Meanwhile other doctors have also come under fire from the president of the UK Faculty of Public Health, for not being vaccinated against seasonal flu.

Dr Lindsey Davies said staff who weren't immunised were guilty of a ‘complete dereliction of duty' and could jeopardise the lives of at-risk patients such as babies, the elderly, pregnant women and those with breathing problems, The Guardian reports.

Dr Davies' sharply-worded rhetoric coincides with a campaign to tackle low vaccination rates among frontlline staff such including doctors and nurses by NHS employers, health trade unions and the Department of Health.

Some good news from The Daily Mail– a jab which could cure blindness and transform the lives of will be undertaken in an NHS hospital in a landmark trial.

Twelve young people with hereditary sight loss will have millions of embryo stem cells injected into their eyes for the study at London's Moorfields Eye Hospital, the newspaper reports.

The first 12 patients in the advanced stages of Stargardt's disease, which robs people of their sight from their teens, will be treated by the end of this year.

Older people with age-related macular degeneration could be treated as early as next year.

However campaign group Comment on Reproductive Ethics says it's unacceptable to destroy human embryos to attempt to cure a medical condition.