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Last Updated: Monday, 30 January 2006, 07:10 GMT
NHS plans prompt health debate
Mastheads of the national newspapers
Many papers discuss the government's new white paper on health reforms, which is being published on Monday.

The Independent backs plans for a greater role for the private sector in service management.

Community based surgeries, it says, could reduce the burden on hospitals of 45m outpatient appointments per year.

The Sun says the prime minister admits pouring billions into the NHS has failed to make it into the world class service that he promised.

Police pressure

The Mirror looks at allegations that Special Branch officers falsified a surveillance log after the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes, on the Tube.

Met police chief Sir Ian Blair's job is at risk, it says, as failings emerge.

The Guardian examines the country's top policeman's first year in the role and quotes from a November interview.

It says Sir Ian admitted Scotland Yard made a "serious mistake" by failing to correct false media reports about Mr Menezes that seemed to justify initial police suspicions.

Taking the mile

The Express carries the news that the British Retail Consortium is launching a "save our pinta" campaign.

It quotes concerns that an EU law plan on packaged food could mean the standard British pint of milk being replaced with litres and half-litres.

Bakers complain an array of sizes will replace traditional small and large loaves of bread.

The Express is unimpressed. As is the Sun, which says: "Give the EU and inch and it'll take 1.6km".

Sexed-down

Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett is drawing up detailed codes of conduct for pet owners, reports the Times.

The family pet will have freedoms enshrined in law and owners who flout the rules face fines and jail, it says.

And several papers report Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, has promised to give up sex until after the general election on 9 April.

The Telegraph says he made the pledge at a rally and speculates it may come as a surprise to Mrs Berlusconi.


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