Cash incentives to cut obesity in 'NHS shakeup'

Bosses could offer overweight employees cash or shopping vouchers as part of NHS-backed incentives to lose weight, health bosses said as they laid out the future of the health service.

As part of their five-year plan, health chiefs want larger GP practices to take on more responsibility, hospitals provide care directly to care homes and volunteers to be offered tax breaks as incentives.

The NHS is in desperate need of cash and a "radical overhaul" and bosses pointed to the
the annual £30bn shortfall which would open up by 2020. The UK has the highest rate of obesity in Europe after Iceland and Malta, according to a global study published in the Lancet Journal in May. Some 67% of men and 57% of women in the UK were either overweight or obese, the study said.

Health bosses want overweight members of the public to shed the pounds as part of efforts to take strain off the health service.

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Canadian shooting throws Ottawa into chaos

Police are hunting suspects in connection with a gunman who shot and killed a soldier guarding the national war memorial and stormed the Canadian parliament building in Ottawa. The gunman made it into the heart of the Canadian government building before he was shot and killed by the Sergeant-at-Arms.

Canadian MPs were forced to barricade themselves in the caucus room as they tried to protect themselves from the imminent threat of violence. The Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, was hustled away from Parliament Hill and was safe, a spokesman said. The gunman has been identified as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, but officials have so far not offered any indication about his motive.

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Who puts a smile on your face?

On Sunday the clocks go back and long, dark days lie ahead. So this Monday we want to put the Good in Good Morning Britain. We want to talk to our viewers about who puts a smile on their face and a spring in their step. Have you got a cheeky announcer at your local rail station or a jokey bus driver on your way to work? Who brightens up your day by being cheerful?

If you would like to film with us to talk about who cheers up your day, email gmb@itv.com by 6pm on Thursday 23rd October. For full terms and conditions visit itv.com/terms.

Candi Staton gears up for tonight's MOBOs

When they invited me I was so excited. It's going to be so much fun!

– Candi Staton

The First Lady of Southern Soul Candi Staton joins GMB to chat about her career, a new album and performing at the 2014 MOBO awards.

She said: "When they invited me I was so excited. It's a great event and it's going to be so much fun."

Candi also revealed her joy at having acts including Florence And The Machine covering her famous tracks, including You've Got The Love.

"It's wonderful. I encourage it, " she added.

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Sean Fletcher suprises another lucky viewer

Good Morning Britain's Sean Fletcher is off to Orlando in November and 100 viewers will be joining him. We had over 28,000 entries to our Breakfast in America competition, and this week he's surprising some of the the 50 winners.

The winners plus one companion will jet off with British Airways from London Gatwick airport on Monday 17th November for a 6 night stay in either Disney's Port Orlean resort or Universal's Cabana Beach resort.

The winner and a companion will also get a one day passes to Walt Disney Resorts Florida and a one day pass to Universal's Orlando parks. They will also have free time to relax, chill out and visit some other Orlando attractions.

Today Sean surprises another lucky viewer.

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The little girl that can finally walk

A mother's invention that gave her wheelchair-bound child son chance to walk has been launched onto the worldwide market.

The new contraption has also helped three-year-old Charlotte Taylor, who was born with cerebral palsy, to walk for the first time. Today Charlotte and her parents join us in the studio to show us how she can now walk side by side with her twin brother Daniel.

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Reeva's parents are 'settled' with the sentence

We are very settled with the sentence. We cannot argue with the justice system

– June Steenkamp

In a world exclusive interview with Reeva Steenkamp's parents, they said they were 'very settled' with the Oscar Pistorius' sentence.

On Monday Pistorius was sentenced to five years for the manslaughter of Reeva. He was also handed a suspended three-year sentence for firearms offences.

June Steenkamp said: "It's not that we want vengeance or to suffer with his disabilities, but he has got to learn you can't go around doing that.

"You cannot argue with the justice system."

Barry added: "We have gone along with the judge and her decision. Only Oscar knows if that sentence is acceptable to him."

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GPs to earn £55 for every dementia diagnosis

Good GPs will be diagnosing their dementia patients already. This seems to be rewarding poor GPs.

– Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association

Plans to pay GPs in England a £55 bonus to diagnose dementia has been condemned by the Patients Association as 'a step too far'.

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: "We know GPs receive incentive payments to find all sorts of conditions, such as high cholesterol, raised blood pressure and diabetes - but this seems a step too far. It is putting a bounty on the head of certain patients.

A spokeswoman for NHS England said: "Dementia can be devastating both for individuals and their families."

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