What the papers say – January 1

Hospital patients in peril and a push to protect pubs are splashed across the front pages.

“Patients die before they get a bed”, states the headline of Sunday People, which says NHS doctors have blasted the Government over the “Dickensian” crisis in hospitals.

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Meanwhile, the Daily Express reports Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has promised “better times ahead” for Britain.

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There is fresh hope for the Tories at the polls with a third of the electorate in key battlegrounds undecided, according to The Sunday Times.

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The Sunday Telegraph reports two nuclear power stations in the UK may be forced to shut after their French owner complained about Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s windfall tax.

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A royal aide who asked a black British charity boss where she “really came from” during a Buckingham Palace reception will be invited to the King’s coronation, says the Sunday Mirror.

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Campaigners warn in The Independent that hundreds of thousands of dementia sufferers risk missing treatment after diagnosis rates dropped during the pandemic.

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And Daily Star Sunday invites its readers to join up to so-called “Wet January” by frequenting pubs to help keep them open.

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