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Daily digest October 1 2015

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Car smoking ban comes into force

A law banning smoking in vehicles carrying children has come into force in England and Wales.

The BBC reports that drivers and passengers who break the law could face a penalty fine of £50 - but police say they will take a non-confrontational approach initially.

Whenever an under-18 is in the car, smokers will still be liable even if the windows are down or sunroof open.

But the law will not apply to people who are driving in a convertible which has the roof down.

Read more on the BBC News website.

Royal College of GPs predicts 'explosion' of long-term health problems in next decade

The government is living in ‘cloud cuckoo land’ over seven-day working, the Royal College of General Practitioners has said, as it published figures suggesting almost 1 million more people will be living with long-term conditions by 2025.

The Guardian reports how the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) predicts an ‘explosion’ of people living with more than one serious long-term, life-threatening condition in the next decade.

The college said the number would rise from an estimated 8.2 million in 2015 to 9.1 million in 2025. This would cost the NHS up to £1.2bn a year, it said.

Read more on The Guardian website.

Sexism in surgery: women put off becoming surgeons by men

A leading female surgeon says her colleagues face sexism every day in operating theatres from their male counterparts.

Jyoti Shah, a consultant neurological surgeon at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said a ‘gang culture’ and sexism in operating theatres puts women off becoming surgeons, and is calling for a ‘cultural change’.

The report in the Telegraph comes as latest figures show the number of female surgical consultants in England represents just 11% of the total.

Read more on The Telegraph website.

 

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