Newspaper headlines: Doctors' income and bombs suspect

The decision to find out how much NHS consultants make from their private work is, as the Times reports, "a touchy subject".

That is the phrase used by the head of NHS England, Sir Malcolm Grant. He tells the paper that his concern is to establish transparency.

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He denies any suggestion that creating a register is an attempt to limit the amount of private work that is done, mainly by surgeons.

But the Times has also been speaking to some consultants who make it clear that what they do in their own time is no business of the NHS.


According to the Daily Telegraph, computing company Microsoft believes it can "solve the problem of cancer" within a decade.

The paper says the company has put together "a small army" of the best biologists in the world and will use its computers and programming skills to work out exactly how human cells function, and how to defend them against disease.

The fundamental idea is to treat "cancer as if it were a bug in a computer system", then devise ways of rebooting that system.


Much coverage is given to the conviction of Christopher Halliwell for the murder of Becky Godden, an outcome the Daily Mail sees as a vindication of detective Steve Fulcher whose career was ruined by the way he handled the case.

The Sun asks: "How many more has Halliwell killed?" The Daily Star says police think he is a serial killer who has murdered five women in addition to the two murders, in 2003 and 2011, for which he has now been found guilty.

But the Mail points out that Halliwell is not, currently, linked to any unsolved murders.


In politics, it seems, nothing is innocuous. Jeremy Corbyn submitted himself to questioning on website Mumsnet, and was asked what the Mail calls "the question that strikes fear into politicians' hearts: what's your favourite biscuit".

The Times says his reply, that he does not approve of eating sugar, does not eat biscuits but would accept a shortbread, has been "much-mocked". But the paper comments: "At least he answered."

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The Telegraph points out that Mr Corbyn "is a keen maker of jam and has been pictured drinking Irn-Bru", before concluding: "Po-faced and hypocritical, Mr Corbyn really takes the biscuit."

The paper's sketch-writer Michael Deacon cannot resist pointing out that, when Mr Corbyn was asked to name his favourite book, he replied: "Things fall apart."


The Guardian suggests that any attention may be better than none. In its coverage of the Liberal Democrats' conference, John Crace says there were simply not enough of them to fill the Brighton conference centre.

"You could almost hear the rattle," he writes.

"The exhibitors' hall was struggling to do any business and the curtains in the main auditorium were half drawn to conceal the empty seats behind."


Spare a thought for hotel gardener Dale Toten who has spent the past year tenderly caring for a massive cabbage he had been planning to exhibit at a show on Saturday.

The Daily Express says he was horrified to discover, when he went to water the six-stone monster, that a chef had cut a chunk out of it to use in the kitchen.

The headline in the Sun is "trouble and squeak".