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Millions risk health 'by travelling without insurance'

Millions of Brits are risking their health and finances by travelling without insurance, a major healthcare provider has found.

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An EHIC card only covers holidaymakers until the scheduled end of their trip. Credit: PA

Bupa warned the 8.5 millions who holiday without proper cover that they could face hospital bills of tens of thousands of pounds if they fall ill abroad.

The health insurer found one quarter of Brits thought their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) would provide them with enough cover if they ended up in hospital while on holiday.

Another 44% of holidaymakers thought their EHIC meant they were covered by the NHS when in Europe, when the card only entitles Brits to state healthcare at a reduced cost until the scheduled end of their trip.

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Many dead after stampede at Guinea beach concert

At least 24 people were killed in a "stampede" at a beach concert in Guinea's capital Conakry, news agency AFP reported.

Guinea's Presidency declared a week of mourning after what it described as a "tragic drama".

A statement from the presidency said the incident occurred at a beach in the Ratoma neighbourhood of the capital, Conakry.

It noted some deaths and injuries but did not give a death toll.


Justice minister: No 'unfettered right' to search deletion

Responding to the peers' report, justice minister Simon Hughes said:

The Government wants to protect privacy rights and freedom of speech while taking action to bolster economic growth.

Our greatest challenge is getting that balance right, and we welcome the support of the Lords for our position in negotiating new European data protection legislation.

I agree that it is neither accurate nor helpful to say that the recent judgment of the European Court of Justice has given a right to be forgotten. We need to be clear that the judgment does not give individuals an unfettered right to have their personal data deleted from search engine results.

– Simon Hughes MP

Redacted material criteria 'vague and ambiguous'

In its report, based on evidence from data protection evidence, the Office of the Information Commissioner, justice minister Simon Hughes and Google itself, the Lords committee said that the court's judgment had resulted in material being blocked on the basis of "vague, ambiguous and unhelpful" criteria which did not reflect the current state of information technology.

Peers warned the court against trying to "enforce the impossible".

Committee chairman Baroness Prashar said:

Although this was a short inquiry, it is crystal clear that neither the 1995 Directive, nor the Court of Justice's interpretation of it reflects the incredible advancement in technology that we see today, over 20 years since the directive was drafted. Anyone anywhere in the world now has information at the touch of a button, and that includes detailed personal information about people in all countries of the globe.

– Baroness Prashar

Lords: Right to be forgotten ruling is 'wrong in principle'

European courts ruled that Google must remove certain search results.
European courts ruled that Google must remove certain search results. Credit: PA

The European Court of Justice's demand for internet search engines to respect individuals' "right to be forgotten" is unworkable and unreasonable and should be written out of future EU law, a House of Lords committee has said.

In a new report, the Lords Home Affairs, Health and Education EU Sub-Committee said it was "wrong in principle" to give search engines the power to decide what should or should not be deleted and called on the UK Government to fight to ensure that updated EU regulations do not contain a "right to erasure".

The court ruled in May that links to irrelevant and outdated data should be erased on request from searches within the EU, sparking concerns over censorship of material which is accurate and in the public domain.


Obesity 'bad for our health and bad for the NHS'

Packing on the pounds is "bad for our health and bad for the health service", NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has said.

Mr Stevens plans to help roughly a quarter of NHS staff who are severely overweight shed the extra pounds, so doctors and nurses can lead patients by example:

The fact that as a nation, we have all been putting on the pounds for the last several years is bad for our health and bad for the health service.

Its hard for the NHS to talk about how important this is, if we don't get our own act together.

I think the NHS has got to take an example in helping our own staff - and hopefully other employers will follow suit.

– Simon Stevens

NHS boss wants overweight staff to lose weight

Overweight doctors and nurses will be told to lose weight under new plans from the NHS Chief Executive, Simon Stevens.

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Simon Stevens wants doctors and nurses to lead by example on obesity. Credit: PA

The health chief wants to see staff lead by example as he tries to plug a £30 billion black hole in the NHS budget.

Obesity is putting huge pressure on the health service and 47-year-old Mr Stevens plans to target 300,000 workers who are severely overweight.

The plans are parter of wider plans to slim down NHS costings, which include health bosses to taking standard seats on public transport rather than using first class.

Read: NHS obesity care 'inadequate'

Fruit benefit study examined risk of premature deaths

The fruit study, published on, examined the association between fruit and vegetable intake and risk of premature deaths.

Researchers from China and the US analysed 16 studies involving more than 830,000 participants - 56,000 of whom died during the follow-up period.

Higher consumption of fruit and vegetables was significantly associated with a lower risk of death from all causes, particularly from cardiovascular disease.

They found the average risk of death from all causes was reduced by about 5% for each additional daily serving of fruit and vegetables.

But once a person had consumed five portions, there was no additional benefit noted for extra portions.

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