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What the papers say: BMA GP chair slams health bill

The Guardian reports that BMA GP committee chairman Dr Laurence Buckman has warned that Andrew Lansley's NHS reforms will hurt the poor and benefit the rich.


The Daily Telegraph looks at the treatment of depression using deep brain stimulation, a type of neurosurgery that has helped a British woman where conventional therapies have failed. The Telegraph also reports that the NHS is failing to screen 100,000 people for heart conditions. And keeping a lid on stress can reduce risk of heart attacks by a third, the Telegraph reports. The Daily Mail reports that the NHS has paid £1,000 for a bottle of salt water. The Mail also reports that the number of under-30s diagnosed with liver disease has soared 50 per cent in a decade. Statins, the Daily Mail reports, might not prevent heart attacks. The report comes as expert confusion grows about the efficacy of the drug.

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