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What the papers say – February 2

Health stories dominate the news agenda – from rising clinical negligence costs to new figures on prostate cancer.

What the papers say - February 2 (PA)
What the papers say - February 2 (PA)

Health stories feature prominently on the front of the national newspapers on Friday.

The Daily Mail leads on a story about prostate cancer figures, and reports that the condition has become a bigger killer than breast cancer for the first time.

The paper says more than 11,800 men a year are now killed by the disease.

The Daily Telegraph reports on warnings by health leaders over the rising cost of clinical negligence claims.

The paper says a number of health organisation bosses have written to the Justice Secretary to urge reform as compensation payouts are impacting on what the NHS can provide.

A poll on NHS funding features on the front of the Daily Mirror, which reports that 73% of those surveyed would pay an extra £1 a week to save the NHS from being destroyed

The Times claims the owner of high street chemist Boots charged the NHS £1,500 for single pots of moisturiser that others have sold for less than £2, while the Daily Express says heavy snorers are up to three times more likely to develop dementia.

Away from health issues, the Sun reports that an SAS hero has been given a home, thanks to a petition backed by the paper, after he was left penniless.

And the i leads on a guilty verdict in the court case of a man accused of mowing down worshippers outside a mosque in London, as does the Metro.

The Guardian reports that Labour is considering forcing landowners to give up sites for a fraction of their current price in an effort to cut the cost of building council homes.

Meanwhile, the Financial Times reports the EU is threatening sanctions to prevent Britain from undercutting the continent’s economy after Brexit.

The Daily Star claims Holly Willoughby’s husband Dan Baldwin was named on the seating plan for the controversial Presidents Club dinner. He has not confirmed he attended the event.

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