As we finally get to see where all the Olympics cash has gone, The Times revealed the NHS budget “faces another real terms cut”.
Treasury documents “show the government is planning to reduce the health budget in real terms from £106bn in 2012-13 to £105.9bn in 2013-14.
This comes as The Times revealed earlier this month that David Cameron had twice broken his promise to increase health spending in real terms every year.
The paper was also among the first to report on a police investigation into claims three members of staff at Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone - part of the newly formed Barts Health Trust - mistreated older patients.
The Daily Telegraph reported a nurse at South Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust was “facing the sack” for using Facebook to claim managers “were not being honest” about plans for Biggleswade Hospital. The trust and NHS Bedfordshire insisted they had “no plans” to close it.
The Independent exposed a private hospital that told doctors to delay NHS work so patients might pay for treatment - a practice branded “unacceptable” by the Department of Health. The paper revealed a “shocking” letter from Bernie Creaven, executive director of Coventry’s BMI Meriden Hospital which “ordered” consultants to delay operations on NHS patients to address a “lack of differentiation between NHS and private patients”.
The Daily Mail reported that a large study by the Schools and Students Health Education Unit found nearly 60 per cent of girls aged 14-15 wanted to lose weight.
The same day The Daily Telegraph covered a Saga health insurance survey that found more than half of over-50s admit being overweight and a third do no exercise. Of those who didn’t exercise, 22 per cent said they were simply “too lazy”.