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Cash-for-diagnosis dementia plan 'an ethical travesty'

The former head of the Royal College of GPs has said proposals to pay doctors to diagnose dementia are "an intellectual and ethical travesty".

Dr Iona Spence's comments were echoed by Surrey GP Dr Martin Brunet, who told healthcare magazine Pulse the idea "creates a major conflict of interest that is frankly unethical".

According to the Daily Telegraph, GPs in some parts of the country could be paid as much as £200 per diagnosis under the plan.


Pistorius friend: Prison 'terrifying prospect' for disabled

Prison can be a "terrifying prospect" for a disabled person as facilities are not properly equipped to deal with someone who has limited mobility, a friend of Oscar Pistorius told Good Morning Britain.

Charity chief Mike Kendrick admitted he feared for the safety of the disgraced athlete as Pistorius was "not mobile at all" without his prosthetic limbs.

Pistorius' friend says custodial sentence was 'inevitable'

A friend of Oscar Pistorius said a custodial sentence was "inevitable" for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Speaking from his home in Shropshire, Mike Kendrick told Good Morning Britain: "He did kill Reeva. He didn't mean to but he did so I think it was pretty inevitable and quite a balanced judgement."

"It's a terrifying prospect for anybody that's disabled particularly with Oscar being so famous which makes it a lot worse because he's going to be the subject of a lot of abuse potentially."

He said he "feared" for his friend who he said was in a "very depressed state."

"He's a completely broken man as you would expect after a tragedy like this. I mean he's lost his fortune, he's lost his whole career, he's lost everything and I'm concerned for him from that point of view."

Weather: Dry and mild day with light winds

Weather Credit: Met Office

A bright but chilly start for much of England and Wales, before turning increasingly cloudy.

It should remain dry though and feel milder than yesterday with lighter winds.

Further north, rain and drizzle will spread eastwards across Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England to give a rather dull and damp day.

Light and patchy rain with some heavier downpours expected in some western parts.

Highs of 15C.

British couple found dead in suspected drug overdose in Indian hotel

A British couple have been found dead in their hotel room in a suspected drug overdose in the Indian city of Agra, local police have said.

James Gaskell, 28, and his wife Alexandra Gaskell, 24, from Birmingham, were found in their hotel room in the city with several empty bottles of cough syrup, strips of sleeping pills and anti-depressants.

Their bodies have been sent for post-mortem tests, police said.

They are believed to have checked into the Maya Hotel at Fatehabad Road in Tajganj at around 5pm on Monday.

Hotel manager Ibrahim Zaidi said: "Around 6.45pm, they ordered dinner. When the waiter went with the food, the couple did not let him in, but took the food at the door.

"They were supposed to check out the next morning and travel to Lucknow. They did not emerge by 10 am, which is our check-out time. A room boy knocked on their door at 11 am. He got no response, but found the door had not been bolted. He went inside. Seeing the bodies, he raised an alarm. We informed the tourist police and the local intelligence unit."

A police spokesman said: "The cause of death will be known once the post-mortem report is available. The sleeping pills and other tablets in the room point to drug overdose."

The Foreign Office confirmed the death of two British nationals and said they were providing consular assistance.


Obama pays tribute to 'true newspaperman' Bradlee

US president Barack Obama. Credit: PA Wire

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to Benjamin Bradlee, calling him a 'true newspaperman' in a statement released by the White House.

Read more here: Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession - it was a public good vital to our democracy.

A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country's finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told - stories that helped us understand our world and one another a little bit better.

– US president Barack Obama
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