What the papers say – October 25

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A range of stories are making headlines on Sunday, from further attacks on the Government over its free school meals policy to coronavirus vaccines for NHS staff being in the offing.

The Observer reports on a letter signed by more than 2,000 paediatricians which condemns the government over a refusal to fund meals for disadvantaged school children following a campaign spearheaded by footballer Marcus Rashford.

The Sunday Times leads with an investigation claiming that people aged over 80 were denied intensive care at the height of the coronavirus pandemic as part of a “triage tool”, a claim disputed by the Department of Health and Social Care.

The Sunday Telegraph writes the 14-day isolation period for those who come into contact with positive Covid-19 cases could be pared back over fears of non-compliance with the regulation.

The Independent leads with concerns for the welfare of NHS staff, saying doctors and nurses are suffering from burnout with absences and a demand for counselling increasing.

While the Sunday Mirror also writes on the “scandal of neglected staff” saying  two million days off were recorded for mental ill health during the first wave of Covid-19.

The Mail on Sunday writes NHS staff will get a vaccine for coronavirus within weeks as the Government looks to “accelerate the timetable for a mass roll-out”.

The Sunday Express writes on fears families will ignore Covid restrictions over Christmas.

The Sunday People says some children under 13 are racking up six-figure debts through online gambling.

While the Daily Star on Sunday says the London Palladium is being haunted by the ghost of Sir Bruce Forsyth.