Daily digest March 25 2015

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PM heckled by pensioners over NHS staff exodus

David Cameron was jeered and heckled by an audience of older people yesterday after being challenged over the exodus of NHS nurses to agencies, the Telegraph reports.

At a pre-election event hosted by the charity Age UK in London, the Prime Minister was asked by 86-year-old Alfred Clemo what he would do to stem nurses leaving for agencies, with the NHS spend on agency staff tripling in two years to £1 billion.

Mr Cameron said managers need to plan more carefully ‘to make sure they have got the nurses and doctors they need’ but this was met with cries of ‘rubbish!’ from the audience and afterwards, Mr Clemo said ‘agencies are getting mega-rich out of fleecing the hospital’.

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NHS will ban nurses from smoking in uniform

Nurses and doctors will be banned from taking cigarette breaks while in uniform, under new NHS guidelines.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said medical workers must set a good example and it also wants to ban patients and NHS staff from lighting up in hospital grounds, the Sun reports.

NICE says staff should be allowed to attend quit sessions during working hours but Simon Clark, from smokers’ group Forest, said medics should not have to be role models and questioned whether overweight staff will be forced to lose weight.

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Actor goes public on removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes

For the second time in two years, the film-maker and actor Angelina Jolie has made global headlines by announcing her decision to have surgery to prevent cancer.

Two years after confirming she had undergone a double mastectomy, Ms Jolie said yesterday that she has now had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, the Independent reports.

She wrote in the New York Times that the faulty BRCA1 gene she carries gives her a 50 per cent chance of ovarian cancer and the same gene mutation raised her risk of breast cancer to 87 per cent.

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MPs urge NHS to banish fast food

The NHS needs to play its part in the fight against obesity by banning fast-food outlets such as McDonald’s and Burger King from hospitals, MPs have said.

The parliamentary health select committee calls for the ban as part of a series of measures aimed at tackling the growing number of people in the UK who are becoming dangerously overweight, the Guardian reports.

In a report on the effects of physical activity and diet on health, the committee endorses the view of University of Cambridge expert in public health Theresa Marteau, that hospitals are being negligent by allowing such firms to operate in places that promote good health.

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