On Monday, papers were still discussing the Olympic opening ceremony.
The Daily Mail reported that the NHS scene used 1,200 volunteers from UK hospitals, including 600 nurses, and 320 beds.
Meanwhile, The Sunday Telegraph quoted two of the nurses who took part. Jackie Serrano, from University College Hospital Trust, was a dancer in the NHS sequence. “We had done 28 rehearsals,” she told the paper.
Meanwhile, Katherine Lynch, a nurse from Hackney, was one of the volunteers placed in the audience to dance and cheer at the right moment. The paper also praised the contribution of nine young patients from Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Elsewhere, however, the Daily Mail reported that a “healthy and active grandmother died in hospital after she was repeatedly denied food and water over a week”. The paper’s ire was directed at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Welwyn Garden City.
The Times devoted significant space to the “licensing dilemma” facing the NHS over a new cystic fibrosis drug. Trials suggest Ivacaftor can lead to “dramatic improvements” for patients, but it costs £200,000 per patient per year, the paper reported.
The Guardian ran an update on the Staffordshire Legionnaires’ outbreak, which claimed its first life on Saturday. The paper said eight patients were still being treated at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire or Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
It also reported that people in western Uganda had fled from a hospital where patients had died from a “mysterious illness”, after it was confirmed as the highly virulent haemorrhagic fever Ebola. The Guardian noted that witchcraft had first been suspected as the cause of the deaths.