Weekend brief

In printed news, the British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons has proposed a ban on advertising for cosmetic surgery. This comes after Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, began leading a government review of the trade after the PIP breast implants scandal. Also, the Daily Mail’s Sophie Borland reported that dehydration or malnutrition directly caused or was linked to 1,316 deaths last year in NHS trusts and privately run hospitals.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley is expected to announce today that local authorities will be given £2bn funding to promote breastfeeding and action on tooth decay under the public health improvement plan. In other NHS spending news, the Daily Mail’s Clare Bates reported that injections will be carried out at a clinic in North London run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust as part of an NHS trial on gender-identity disorder (GID).

Parliament invites the public to participate in ‘Parliament Talks…Science,’ taking place from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, 15 March, during National Science and Engineering Week. This event will be hosted in partnership with the University of Leeds and is an opportunity to find out how the work of Parliament contributes to the debate on science issues and scrutinises Government science policy.

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