This week the Tories have also been accused of delaying the publication of figures regarding the NHS finances that is expected to show a large deficit. It is thought that government ministers are hiding the statistics as not to overshadow the Tories annual conference. The data is expected to show that hospitals within England ended the first quarter of the financial year £800m in the red and if the deficit continues at this rate it is thought that the year will end £2 billion in deficit by next March. This is thought to be due to the increased number of agency staff being used in hospitals.
Research published this week has suggested that taller people are at higher risk of developing cancer and that every four inches in height increases the risk of cancer by 20 percent. Researchers in Sweden analysed the health of over five million adults born from 1938 to 1991. The results indicated that for every ten centimetres increase in height the risk of developing some form of cancer increased by 18 percent among women and by 11 percent in men. The cancer that was most strongly associate with height was malignant melanoma. Although the research finds a relationship between the two variables the researchers have emphasised that other factors such as smoking or obesity have a much greater association with developing cancer.