Newspaper headlines: NHS parking 'fury', Apple battle, Rhodes row and families' £40bn 'deficit'

NHS hospital trusts "rake in" about £200m a year from car park charges, says the Daily Mirror, as several of Tuesday's papers report on the issue.

The "rip-off" is generating "outrageous" profits and some of the money goes to private firms, the Mirror adds.

"It is intolerable that people's trauma is made worse by the petty indignity of having to pay for parking," the paper's political editor Jason Beattie writes.

"Greedy" hospitals earn up to £3.7m a year each through parking charges, the Daily Express says.

The paper calls on NHS trusts to "take notice" of guidelines which are meant to protect disabled people and the families of terminally ill patients,

"Their current behaviour is completely at odds with the ethos of the NHS," it adds.

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Meanwhile, the Sun reports a plea for families to do more to look after elderly relatives to prevent a winter hospital crisis.

People alone over Christmas, or those who return from family celebrations to a "cold, empty house", can "lose a bit of hope and stop looking after themselves", according to a senior doctor quoted in the paper.

In an editorial, the paper says Christmas advertising about loving get-togethers masks an uncomfortable truth: "Many of us are abandoning our older relatives."

It calls on people to help relatives and call in on lonely neighbours, thereby showing a "proper sense of the season".

Rhodes row

A top Oxford academic is leading the "fightback" against a campaign to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes from one of the university's colleges, the Times reports.

Prof Neil Biggar says claims about Rhodes - including that he considered black Africans racially inferior and employed slave labour in diamond mines - are "not true".

The Rhodes Must Fall campaign argues that the Oriel College statue does not reflect the university's "inclusive culture", the paper adds.

Writing in the Telegraph, Philip Ziegler says the evil Rhodes did "lived after him" - but he also did a "great deal of good", and removing the statue would be a "step backwards".

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  • Hope growing for new teeth - False teeth may soon be a thing of the past after scientists found a way to grow new ones, the Sun says.
  • A mistake of universal proportions - The wrong contestant was crowned Miss Universe - leading to a de-crowning and an "embarrassed" Miss Philippines being given the prize, the Express reports.
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Credit crunch warning

British families are on course to spend £40bn more than they earn this year, The Independent reports.

It says the forecast has fuelled fears that the UK's economic growth is based on "soaring levels of debt and could easily collapse" - possibly leading to a credit crunch similar to that of 2008.

Britons are "peculiarly prone to living beyond their means" but the 2008 crisis made them "curb their usual retail addictions", Sean O'Grady writes in the paper.

But he warns: "Yet again household debt is conveniently forgotten as presents are wrapped. It may be an unseasonable warning, but the ghost of our indebtedness is likely to haunt our futures again."

Apple 'counteroffensive'

Google, Facebook and Twitter are supporting Apple in a "Silicon Valley fightback" against proposed UK surveillance legislation, the Financial Times reports.

It says the "rare show of unity" comes as Apple argues the draft Investigatory Powers Bill risks paralysing vast reaches of the technology sector worldwide, setting a "dangerous precedent" as other countries look to upgrade spying regimes.

Apple says the law could even spark "serious international conflicts", as the UK wants the right to request data not held in the country, potentially forcing tech companies to choose between breaking UK law and breaking data protection laws elsewhere, the paper adds.

Sun's apology

"Gotcha!" says the Independent, as it reports the Sun has been forced to publish a front page apology for a story about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Sun is "desperate" for the new press regulator - the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) - to be seen as a "watchdog with teeth", the Independent's media editor Ian Burrell says.

But he says the Sun has become a "repeated target" for Ipso, and the latest ruling will be "galling" for the paper.

The apology itself - eight words on the Sun's front page and a column on page two - says Ipso upheld a complaint about a story which said Mr Corbyn accepted membership of the Privy Council "so he can get his hands on £6.2m".

The Sun says it "failed to correct the significantly misleading coverage promptly and Ipso required the Sun to publish this adjudication".

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