Image caption, The Times newspaper reports that one in three female NHS surgeons have been sexually assaulted by a colleague over the past five years. According to a paper published in the British Journal of Surgery, sexual misconduct is rife and appears to go unchecked in the profession. It reports that the study’s results have been presented to NHS England, the General Medical Council and the British Medical Association.
Image caption, “It’s a lie! I’m no China spy” is the Metro’s headline on Tuesday, as the paper reports on a denial from one of the parliament researchers, who says he is “completely innocent”. The BBC is not naming the individual as he has not been charged following arrest.
Image caption, Following a heated debate in the Commons on Monday, the Daily Mail reports that “fury erupts” as MPs were told not to name the parliament researcher accused of allegedly spying for China. The researcher vehemently denied these claims on Monday, and has not been charged since his arrest earlier in the year.
Image caption, Britain cannot afford to cut ties with China, leads the Daily Telegraph. The paper quotes Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch, who says the UK “wouldn’t be able to get to where we want to on net zero by stopping or banning Chinese products”.
Image caption, The Financial Times reports that retailer Wilko will “disappear from the high street next month” as another rescue deal fell through. Around 300 of the flagship stores are due to close, leading to some 12,500 redundancies. The chain’s collapse is “a further blow to hollowed-out high streets across the UK”, the paper adds. It pictures destroyed homes in Amizmiz, Morocco, after an earthquake during the weekend killed nearly 2,700 people.
Image caption, The Guardian also pictures the devastation in Morocco, as limited aid and rescue teams join a “race against time” to find survivors in the Atlas mountains. In its lead story, the paper says a “third of young medics plan to quit [the] NHS within two years of graduating”, as poor pay, work-life balance and working conditions were attributed as the main factors for physicians intending to leave the UK and continue their medical career elsewhere.
Image caption, In its lead, the i reports that a state pension boost is “on way for millions”, but the paper reports that there are no tax cuts on the horizon. Ahead of Tuesday’s jobs and wages figures for August, the paper reports that millions of people will see their pensions go up to £220 a week – that is because the triple lock deal pledges to match wage growth. The paper says Chancellor Jeremy Hunt will have an extra £2bn black hole in the budget.
Image caption, Meanwhile, the Daily Express claims that off-duty French police officers “prefer to party rather than stop migrants”.
Image caption, The Daily Mirror reports on the ordeal experienced by 11-year-old Ana Paun, who suffered injuries after an XL Bully dog attacked her, leaving Ana in hospital. She is now back home but her mum is quoted by the paper saying that her daughter “could have died”.
Image caption, The Sun reports that actor Brian Conley “has abruptly quit EastEnders” following a row with the soap’s executives.
Image caption, And the Daily Star reports that red fire ants are making a return, according to “insect boffins”.
The Daily Mail focuses on the furious response from some MPs after they were told not to identify the parliamentary researcher facing accusations of spying for China. The man, who insists he is innocent, was arrested under the Official Secrets Act in March, and had links to some Conservative MPs.
The Guardian says many question why they were not informed about the arrest at the time. The paper quotes them saying the gap meant they had been unable to take their own security precautions.
The Financial Times says fears about China’s collection of genetic data prompted the deputy prime minister, Oliver Dowden, to suggest that genomics should be registered as “national critical infrastructure”.
The i reports that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is considering a “squeeze on benefits”, and no tax cuts, in the upcoming Autumn statement. The Daily Telegraph quotes him saying inflation has been “stickier” than expected. Far from cutting taxes, the paper says Mr Hunt warns that spending pressures could instead force the government to “increase the burden on businesses and households.”
Writing in the Times, the former Conservative Party leader Lord Hague warns that the annual cost of funding the triple-locked state pensions is “unsustainable”. He says “steadily higher taxes” would be needed to support spending on healthcare for the UK’s elderly population.
The Guardian leads on warnings that one in three medical students plan to quit the NHS within two years of graduating. It reports on a study from the journal, BMJ Open, featuring replies from more than 10,000 medical students across the UK. The paper says poor pay, work-life balance and working conditions were the main factors cited by those intending to practise abroad or quit the NHS altogether.
According to the Daily Telegraph, a proposal to ban disposable vapes could be unveiled by the government as early as next week. The paper claims ministers have decided the e-cigarettes are overwhelmingly targeted at children, as devices are often sold in bright colours and with flavours such as “bubble gum”. The newspaper notes that in some shops they are positioned by front counters near sweets.
The government says it has launched a call for evidence to identify opportunities to reduce the number of children accessing and using vaping products and will set out a response in due course.
The mother of the 21-year-old terror suspect, Daniel Khalife, tells the Times her son “does not live in reality”. The paper says Farnaz Khalife – a former nurse who lives in Wales – urged him to seek help, before he was sent to Wandsworth Prison from where he escaped last week. Ms Khalife is quoted as saying that her son, a former soldier, became distant after he turned 18. She says: “I told him to go to the army doctor to get help, but I don’t think he did.”
And the Times says astronomers have hailed a “fundamental breakthrough” in the search for alien life, after detecting signs on a distant planet of a gas, that on Earth is produced only by living organisms. It quotes a scientist from the University of Cambridge saying more observations are needed. But if confirmed, it would propel the planet to the top of the list alongside Mars as the best places to search for life.