Newspaper headlines: 'Broken' A&E and Streep takes on Trump

Many papers agree there is a "crisis" in accident and emergency departments in England, with some saying patient safety is at risk.

The Daily Mail is outraged by the government's suggestion that 30% of people turning up at casualty don't need to be there and says the reason so many people go to hospital is that they find it impossible to get an appointment with their GP.

The Daily Mirror says the NHS is "a victim of failed Tory austerity" and that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt isn't up to the job.

He stupidly shut hospital beds when demand was growing, the paper says, and should be signed off work - permanently.

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Image caption Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is under fire from the Daily Mirror who say he isn't up to the job

But the Sun believes it is pointless to hurl abuse at Mr Hunt when the government has found billions more for the health service - which it says is a bottomless pit.

The paper supports the Labour MP Caroline Flint's call for cross-party agreement on the long-term future of the NHS and suggests that politicians might consider new ways of funding it.

Writing in The Guardian, Polly Toynbee chides PM Theresa May for "ignoring an NHS falling apart before our eyes" and says "a full-blown NHS crisis risks engulfing her".


The Sun says Whitbread has been adding pork to lasagne in its restaurants as a cost-cutting measure without telling customers.

It predicts the revelation will cause "outrage" among Muslims and Jews, whose religion forbids them to eat pork.

Whitbread apologised "for any concern or confusion" and said their supplier had not broken food labelling laws.


The Financial Times is among the papers to report that a box at London's Royal Albert Hall has come on the market for the first time in almost a decade - priced at £2.5m. It seats 12 and is said to be close to the venue's royal box.

Image caption The Financial Times said the new owner will have the right to attend two-thirds of events at the venue

The Times says some of the hall's supporters are irked that all the money will go to the box's owner, and none to the venue itself.

The paper believes the sale will also reignite the row about whether the Royal Albert Hall, which is a charity, should allow seat owners to make hundreds of thousands of pounds a year by selling tickets for performances online.


And finally, several papers are intrigued to learn that the Queen is a fan of the BBC teatime television quiz show, Pointless.

Image caption The Times reports that Her Majesty is a fan of the weekday quiz programme

The Daily Express says courtiers have told one of the programme's presenters, Alexander Armstrong, that she watches the programme in her private sitting room in Buckingham Palace while drinking a cup of tea and tries to beat the contestants.

The Times says the revelation "may shed some light on how the Queen has been filling her time while she was cooped up indoors with a cold. If one is not taking the corgis for a walk, there are only so many ways one can while away a long winter's afternoon in Norfolk".