Being accused of 'cheating the NHS' is enough to give anyone heartburn. So bosses at Reckitt Benckiser, makers of indigestion treatment Gaviscon, may well have sought comfort with a taste of their own medicine this week.

BBC2's Newsnight alleged senior executives at the company plotted to block rivals from selling cheaper, generic versions of Gaviscon.

Such tactics were another example of "how the interests of drugs companies are by no means aligned with those of the NHS and its patients" said The Independent's leader.

Meanwhile, the prime minister promised the Darzi report on the NHS would "mean greater freedom for trusts" as he set out his vision for "the third stage" of public service reform in the Financial Times.

The Sunday Telegraph interviewed Dame Carol Black, national director for health and work and the woman tasked with tackling Britain's sick-note culture.

Not so long ago she suggested medicine was in danger of losing influence by becoming "too feminised".

"It created a bit of havoc, and the hate mail was truly awful," she tells the paper. "But the question was worth asking."

A surfeit of women doctors certainly wasn't a problem in the days of eminent Victorian physician James Barry, the subject of a Daily Mail feature.

It was only after he died that the cantankerous medic was revealed to be a woman despite the fact contemporaries puzzled over his "most peculiar squeaky voice and mincing manner".