Under the proposals, chemists would be able to diagnose patients with minor conditions, and prescribe antibiotics where necessary.
The Telegraph notes that a similar scheme was shelved earlier this year because of opposition from GPs.
Leaders from the nursing union, the RCN and Unison suggest a deal could be reached. The shadow health secretary, Wes Streeting, accuses ministers of “spoiling for a fight” over the pay dispute.
The Sun on Sunday declares that there are “just 48 hours left” to avoid what it calls “Christmas-wrecking train strikes”.
The paper says the prime minister is considering taxing money the unions give workers, to cover lost wages during walkouts, and requiring extra ballots for six month plus rolling strikes.
The Sunday Times suggests the impact of the action has been mitigated because people now work from home.
The paper’s columnist, Dominic Lawson, points out that the Treasury has calculated that, if all public sector workers received an inflationary pay rise, it would cost as much as raising the basic income tax rate by four-and-a-half pence in the pound.
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The Sunday Express, the Mail on Sunday, and the Sunday Mirror all focus on the Royal Family’s fears about the Netflix documentary series, “Harry and Meghan”, expected to be screened later this week.
A source who has spoken to a producer on the show tells the Mirror it could be “utterly explosive”, and “worse than the royals can imagine”.
The Express says Prince William is ready to “fight back,” should their worst fears come true. But the Mail suggests the King and Queen Consort are “not worried but wearied” by the criticism from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
And all the papers look ahead to England’s World Cup match tonight against Senegal.
Many show photos of the team’s captain, Harry Kane, his hands together as if in prayer during the squad’s training session on Saturday.
The image prompts a series of puns in the paper’s headlines – “Lions pray,” says the Sunday Times, the Mirror has “Match of the Pray”, while the Sunday People opts simply for “Yes we Kane”.
The Mail on Sunday reports women will no longer need to take a trip to the bathroom to find out if they are pregnant. The first saliva-based test is to go on sale next year.
A user need only place a foam-tipped stick in her mouth for a few moments before transferring it to a plastic tube, and awaiting the result.
“Sorry fellas,” the Daily Star Sunday says – revealing that scientists have decided “man flu is all in your head.”
The tabloid reports on a study in Austria, in which researchers concluded that, on average, men’s symptoms were milder than women’s.
The Star suggests it is time for the fakers to “man up” – and encourages women with flu to put their feet up.