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News in brief: 1st June 2014

Europe: Tory PM David Cameron has reportedly warned that Britain could leave the EU if Luxembourg ex-prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker becomes the next president of the European Commission.

German news magazine Der Spiegel claims the Prime Minister issued the warning to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the EU leaders summit in Brussels on Tuesday.

Quoting sources close to those at the summit, the magazine reported that Mr Cameron said: “A figure from the ’80s cannot resolve the problems of the next five years.”

Health: Millions face a postcode lottery in GP services as chronic underfunding has left doctors’ surgeries “on the brink of collapse,” a top medic warned yesterday.

Research by the Royal College of General Practitioners showed a stark divide in access to doctors, with people living in the most deprived communities facing the longest waiting times.

Eight out of 10 areas with the longest GP waiting times have moderate to high levels of deprivation.

Chile abuse: At least 500 victims as young as two were abused by the shamed television presenter Jimmy Savile during his reign as one of the country’s most prolific sex offenders, new research revealed yesterday.

A study by the NSPCC, commissioned for BBC Panorama, show the most common age group for Savile’s victims was 13 to 15 — and the youngest alleged victim was just two years old.

Smoking: More than half of Scots want tax on tobacco to rise by 5 per cent more than the rate of inflation every year, a survey has found.

But while 53 per cent of the population support such a move, only 18 per cent of smokers back it.

Ash Scotland executive Sheila Duffy said the tax is “the most effective way to cut tobacco use and save lives.”

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