Newspaper headlines: GP recruitment, Whitehall jobs, Blanchett film and Chelsea show

The National Health Service takes centre stage, as the dust settles on the general election and David Cameron makes his first major policy speech since the polls closed.

The prime minister is set to reiterate a pre-election pledge to increase health service budgets by at least £8bn a year by 2020 to create a "truly seven-day NHS", when he visits a GP surgery in the West Midlands.

The Daily Telegraph says Mr Cameron will set out his plans to transform how hospitals and doctors' surgeries are run, with thousands more family doctors being recruited.

The Telegraph adds that Mr Cameron is placing the health service at the heart of his new government's agenda - but will come under pressure to say how he is going to raise the money and to set out how long it will take to find the extra doctors.

"The Conservatives are keen to move quickly in the months after their victory to establish their agenda while the other parties - in particular Labour - are in disarray," states the paper.

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Image caption David Cameron will deliver his first major policy speech since the election

But the Independent carries a warning that all might not run smoothly for the government's plans for the NHS, saying that nurses might go on strike if it means pay cuts.

Dr Peter Carter, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, tells the Independent that any "attacks on unsocial hours or weekend working payments" would be a "red line" for nurses.

Meanwhile, the Times reports that NHS bosses have launched an unprecedented appeal to Mr Cameron to "put his money where his mouth is" as they warn that the promise of extra money will not be enough to stop rationing and rising waiting lists.

In a letter to the prime minister, 51 leaders of hospitals, and mental health and community care trusts say the "hard reality" is the NHS will need at least £8bn "plus funding for transformation and for social care".

The Times says the intervention has angered Tory MPs, who say health spending is already a priority and accuse the group of "scaremongering".

In an analysis piece, the paper's Chris Smyth writes: "David Cameron's promise to cough up what health leaders wanted helped to blunt Labour's NHS onslaught during the election but now comes the hard part: where does the money come from?

"Today's letter will provoke grumblings in Whitehall when health spending has been protected for the past five years and the NHS is now promised extra cash when other departments are braced for more cuts.

"The NHS leaders' plan is to force George Osborne to set out details in the autumn spending review, and the early signs are that the prime minister will stick to his promise.

"If he thinks a big cheque will shut health bosses up, he is probably mistaken but it will mean the NHS has to live up to its side of the bargain: making £22bn of efficiencies."

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Image caption Out of the door... more job losses for the civil service?

While there are plans to hire more GPs, another group of workers is facing swingeing job cuts, according to the Financial Times.

The paper says there could be as a many as 100,000 civil service posts to go over the period of this parliament.

The FT says the appointment of Matthew Hancock, a former economic adviser and chief of staff to George Osborne, as Cabinet Office minister underlines the importance the chancellor attaches to meeting a government target of £10bn of Whitehall cuts by 2017-18.

"The reductions are a crucial element of the Tory promise to eliminate the deficit by 2018, which requires £30bn of spending cuts and clamping down on tax avoidance," it says.

The Independent notes that the civil service has already been reduced to its smallest size since World War Two, with 90,000 job losses in the last parliament.

'Who cares?'

Many of the front pages feature pictures of Australian actress Cate Blanchett whose film Carol, about an illicit lesbian romance in 1950s New York, has had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Times says the frisson caused by Blanchett's apparent revelation last week about having been a lesbian ended abruptly as she said she had never had a sexual relationship with a woman.

"Speculation was rife after she raised the subject in an interview with Variety, the film magazine," continues the Times, "but her supposed candour was either a journalistic slip or a well-executed publicity stunt."

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Image caption Cate Blanchett at the premiere of Carol

The Independent says the married mother-of-four said that, in 2015, the answer to questions about her sexuality should be "who cares?".

The Mirror says Blanchett had been the talk of the Riviera after she reportedly told Variety she had had "many" female partners.

The Guardian describes the film as the most mainstream US depiction of a lesbian relationship to date.

The film has been warmly received by critics, and the Telegraph's Tim Robey calls it "gorgeous, gently groundbreaking and might be the saddest thing you'll ever see".

The Mail's Brian Viner says: "There are other actresses who could have played the part, of course, but it is hard to think of anyone who could have done so quite as bewitchingly as Blanchett."

Parking and planting

On the eve of the Chelsea Flower Show, the Times carries a report by the Royal Horticultural Society that says more than five million front gardens in Britain have no plants, with approximately three million having been paved over in the past 10 years.

The report, says the Times, suggests that there are an extra 15 million square miles of "grey" in Britain's towns, villages and cities in that time.

The Independent says the RHS said a tidal wave of grey was increasingly sweeping away the greenery of Britain's front gardens, warning that reversing the trend was "vital" to the nation's health.

The Mail provides a graphic to illustrate how parking and planting can be combined.

The Telegraph reports that 51-year-old nurse Sean Murray, winner of BBC Two's The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge, has become the first amateur to have a show garden on Main Avenue.

He has designed a front garden with space to park a car and complete with a sculpture of old baked bean tins.

The Telegraph hopes the weather stays fine: "Let's hope that the predicted rain proves short-lived. After all, we don't want what one bedraggled exhibitor once called the 'Chelsea Shower Flow'."

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Image caption Final preparations are under way for the Chelsea Flower Show

From flowers to fruit, and the Telegraph tells us that British strawberries are in for their sweetest summer ever.

"They have long been recognised as a symbol of an idyllic British summer, alongside rose gardens, cricket, tennis and champagne," it declares.

"Now lovers of British strawberries are being promised what could be their best season ever, with growers predicting a dramatic increase in harvests."

The paper explains that yields of the summer fruit are forecast to jump by almost a fifth this year because of a perfect combination of weather conditions, new growing techniques and more land given over to the crop.

"Get the cream in," says the Express. "Farmers say a bumper strawberry crop is on the way this summer."

The Guardian says consumers will also enjoy a sweeter taste as a result of the sunniest winter since records began.

"With longer periods of natural light the rate of photosynthesis has increased, which means the plants have produced more sugars, resulting in a sweet and juicy crop," it continues.

The Mail says the increasing abundance of the fruit is one of the reasons why Wimbledon's famous serving of 10 strawberries in a bowl has remained at £2.50 for the past four years.

Time to talk

"There's good news for men with a pot belly, grey hair and receding hairline," says the Times, "Kylie Minogue, 46, is is looking for a lover like you."

The paper says the Australian pop star revealed in a magazine interview that she is still single and has lowered her standards after suggesting that her hunt for a hunk may have been her downfall.

"I would settle for a bald man with a paunch admits lovelorn Kylie," is the headline in the Express.

"She has dated a string of handsome heart-throbs but failed to find love," it says. "Now pop princess Kylie Minogue says she thinks she is still single because all her boyfriends have been 'too good-looking'."

Image caption "I should be so lucky, lucky, lucky lucky..."

The Sun says Kylie is on the lookout for a "fat baldie", while the Mirror says she has left the field wide open for millions of "chubby middle-aged bald guys".

Or could it be that Kylie is just talking at the wrong time?

For the Telegraph reports that a survey has found that men are most at ease and prepared to listen to their wives or girlfriends at 8.15pm, with mornings best avoided. Women are happiest to engage in conversation at 8.20am.

The Telegraph thinks this could explain why many marital discussions end in discord.

Men become most annoyed when a partner attempts conversation while they are watching a film or playing a video game, and only 8% will be listening if they are watching football on TV.

And the research, by Asda, also found that "we need to talk" is the most feared opening line for men, while women dislike the question "is everything OK?".

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