image captionExperts have warned that Britain is at risk of replacing the Covid crisis with a cancer crisis because of the number of people missing urgent checks since the pandemic began, according to the Daily Telegraph. In the 12 months to March, 304,555 fewer patients in England were given an urgent hospital referral by their GP because of suspected cancer, says the paper.
image captionDental patients are also facing delayed treatment, reports the Daily Mail, with some people being forced to wait until 2024 for NHS appointments. Watchdogs said many people were turning to private care or even pulling out their own teeth.
image caption“The dentist will see you in three years” is the Daily Express’s headline. The Express says some were advised by surgeries to resort to DIY filling kits while others were kicked off waiting lists, according to a “damning” report.
image captionIn more positive news, the final stage in the government’s roadmap for easing coronavirus restrictions in England is “looking good”, the head of the UK Health Security Agency has said, reports the i. The paper says Dr Jenny Harries struck an upbeat note on lifting restrictions after research showed vaccines are effective against the emerging Indian variant.
image captionThe UK reaching the milestone of a third of the population being fully vaccinated against Covid-19, following a record-breaking surge in jabs, makes the lead for the Metro. The paper says it means the timetable for ending restrictions is now back on track after it was placed in doubt by the more transmissible Indian variant.
image captionIn non-Covid news, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and fiancee Carrie Symonds will “celebrate their wedding next summer”, according to The Sun. The paper says the pair have sent save-the-date cards to family and friends for a “lavish bash on Saturday, 30 July.
image captionThe culture secretary has accused the BBC of having a “we know best attitude” following the Martin Bashir scandal, reports the Times, adding that the corporation must change to represent all of Britain. Writing in the paper, Oliver Dowden says the BBC is guilty of “groupthink” and needs to “project British values” if it is to survive competition from streaming giants Netflix and Amazon.
image captionThe Guardian leads on Home Office figures showing that just 1.6% of rape cases recorded by police last year resulted in a suspect being charged. While there were 52,210 rapes recorded by police in England and Wales, only 843 resulted in a charge or summons – the equivalent one in 62 cases, according to the paper.
image captionEuropean leaders have called for an immediate international response after Belarus forced a Ryanair flight bound for Lithuania to land in Minsk on Sunday and arrested one of its passengers, a top opposition activist, reports the Financial Times. European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said the forced landing was “utterly unacceptable”.
image captionAnd finally, the weather is set to hot up after a miserable May, says the Daily Star. Temperatures will top 24C (75F) next week, the paper reports, in a “heat bubble”.