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NEWS IN BRIEF: Prince; Braintree Pharmacy; Pharmacy Excluded at Health Centre; Surgery; Self-care


22 Apr 2016

Prince found dead in lift this morning hours after ‘frail’ star visited pharmacy

Prince was found dead in a lift this morning hours after visiting a pharmacy, the Mirror reports.

Medics desperately tried CPR but were unable to revive the music icon who was pronounced dead at 10.07am.

The star was pictured at around 7pm last night visiting a Walgreens pharmacy near to his home, TMZ reports.

Police were called after his lifeless body was found at his Paisley Park mansion and recording studios in Minnesota at 9.43am.

Braintree pharmacy helping to spread the word about spending cuts

A pharmacy is helping raise awareness of a petition to avoid cuts to their services, the Clacton Gazette reports.

Avicenna Pharmacy, 70 Coggeshall Road, Braintree is encouraging people to sign, with the aim of reversing government cuts of £170million a year to pharmacies across the country.

The loss of funding will work out to roughly £15,000 per year for each pharmacy.

Sara Baco, Pharmacy Manager at Avicenna Pharmacy said: “I doubt this pharmacy will have to close because we are very big by the number of prescriptions we dispense, but smaller pharmacies with a much smaller turnover, about one in four might have to close.”

Concern over lack of pharmacy at £10m Sudbury health centre

The state-of-the-art facility in Church Field Road opened in January after nearly four decades of pressure from the Sudbury WATCH (working and acting together for community health) group, the East Anglian Daily Times reports.

But despite their joy at finally seeing the centre up and running, WATCH chairman Nigel Bennett said members were becoming increasingly concerned by the ongoing absence of a pharmacy.

He said: “It was always meant to be an integral part of the health centre and at the official opening, NHS Property Services regional director Martin Royal promised that it would appear shortly.

“So it’s really disappointing that 14 months on, there has been no progress. We understand there are ongoing disagreements between the various organisations involved but no-one seems to want to take responsibility for it.”

Obese patients denied surgery in a third of areas in England

Surgeons are worried overweight patients and smokers in England and Wales are being denied surgery to save money, the BBC reports.

A report by the Royal College of Surgeons found a third of local NHS health bosses in England put restrictions on access to surgery.

But it says this goes against official guidance and can prolong patient pain.

However, some local NHS groups criticised in the report say their polices are based on good evidence.

GP shake-up will bring extra £2.4bn a year funding and see patients urged to ‘self-manage’ conditions on the internet

Patients will be urged to “self-manage” conditions on the internet and see nurses and pharmacists instead of doctors as part of a major shake-up of GP practices, the Independent reports.

NHS England laid out a five-year plan to put general practice “back on its feet”, with an extra £2.4 billion a year in funding by the end of the decade.

The funding comes from existing budgets and is likely to mean cut backs in other areas of the NHS. However health leaders hope it will lead to a reduction in demand for hospital services saving the NHS money in the long term.


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