Newspaper headlines: NHS ‘ghost patients’ and ‘Chelsea for sale’



Newspaper headlines: NHS ‘ghost patients’ and ‘Chelsea for sale’


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The Mail on Sunday leads on the “scandal” of the “3.6 million NHS ghost patients”. The paper says doctors in England receive £151 per year for each patient registered at their surgery – but many of those patients “do not exist”. Some of those patients may have moved away while others may no longer be alive.

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The Sunday Express is also seeing news in dead people, reporting on a revelation by consumer group Which? that “thousands” of unsuspecting people are eligible for “PPI payouts from beyond the grave”. The paper reports it is possible to claim refunds for mis-sold payment protection insurance on behalf of relatives who have died. To be eligible to claim the refund, a claimant must be named on the deceased person’s will, the paper adds.

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Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich could sell Chelsea, according to the Sunday Times, whose front page claims the story as an exclusive for both its business and sports teams. The paper’s lead story focuses on the fast-falling number of “bobbies on the beat” which, the main headline declares, has been “slashed by a third” in England and Wales since 2015.

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Prime Minister Theresa May has “ordered officials” to begin work on a British satellite navigation system to compete with the EU’s Galileo, according to the Sunday Telegraph. The UK will not be allowed access to the system after Brexit – and the Telegraph says “as much as £100m” has been allocated to the project by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

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Brexit also rates a mention on the front of the Observer, which reports that “crashing out” of the EU without a deal could cause the UK to “break up”. The paper says the warning has been sounded by Herman Van Rompuy – the former Belgian prime minister and president of the European Council. Mr Van Rompuy says “the no-deal issue” is an “existential threat” to the UK – and suggests Scotland could seek independence if it is negatively affected by Brexit.

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The Sunday Mirror leads on its interview with adult actress Stormy Daniels. Ms Daniels tells the paper she has received “death threats” from supporters of US President Donald Trump, whom she claims to have had an affair with. She also says that – despite attempts to “silence” her – she is prepared to reveal to Congress the details of her “sex deal” with Mr Trump.

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Charlie Rowley – who survived being exposed to the nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury – is “fighting for his life again”, says the Sunday People. The paper reports that Mr Rowley has been “struck down” by a “killer bug”, though it does not go into detail about what the illness is.

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An interview with Paul Gascoigne is the lead story on the Daily Star on Sunday, which says it discloses Gazza’s “Secret torment”. Across two pages, the former footballer tells the paper that he is tortured by his feelings of grief over the overdose death of his nephew Jay Kerrigan, who died in 2016 aged 22.

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