Newspaper review: Hospital concerns dominate papers


The police investigation into claims that staff at Colchester Hospital were bullied into falsifying records of cancer patients makes the lead for the Guardian and the Daily Mail.

The Guardian says the matter is threatening to emerge as another major scandal for the NHS.

The Mail tells the story of a four-year-old boy who died of a brain tumour after what it calls a series of appalling delays to his treatment.

It has a picture of the Duchess of Cambridge visiting Mackenzie Cackett two months before he died.

There is more uncomfortable reading for NHS staff and patients alike amid warnings of a "winter crisis".

The Times, in its main story, reports that hospitals are at bursting point. It says a huge rise in the number of frail elderly patients going into hospital means admissions are a third higher than a decade ago.

Dog tragedy

Leader columns demand swift action. The Daily Mirror urges Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to listen to doctors and nurses and divert resources to where it is most needed.

For the Sun, the root of the overcrowding at casualty departments is Labour's decision to allow GPs to opt out of working in the evenings and at weekends.

It says Mr Hunt must insist on seven-day working at GPs' surgeries - and provide the money to do it.

In the words of the Daily Star, ministers need to hire more staff, pump emergency funds into cash-strapped A&E departments and ensure proper plans are drawn up to tackle the crisis.

The Daily Mirror leads on the fatal attack on a four-year-old girl in Leicestershire by her pet dog.

According to the paper, the normally placid French mastiff suddenly leapt at Lexi Hudson who had been taking a mid-day nap after being off sick from school.

Her mother frantically wrestled with the dog to try to get it off her then grabbed a knife and stabbed it to death. The paper adds that the family had picked up the dog from a rescue centre two months ago.

Student house

According to the Sun's main story, two students entered a Halloween fancy dress contest - as the blazing Twin Towers.

It says the 19-year-old girls shockingly won the competition, which was held at a nightclub in Chester.

The paper says each of their outfit, based on the 9/11 terror attacks, featured explosions, flames, and even people jumping from windows.

The paper has the headline "Towering stupidity".

Finally, a property in Plymouth has been declared Britain's biggest student house.

The Daily Express says the house, made up of four large Victorian terraced properties knocked into one, is home to 32 undergraduates at Plymouth University.

They share 22 toilets, seven shower cubicles and three kitchens. According to the Times, they get through 100 cans of baked beans, 50 Pot Noodles, 150 takeaways and 500 cans of lager every week.

Thankfully, the Daily Telegraph says, the property's private landlord employs a team of three cleaners six days a week to clear up.

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