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NEWS IN BRIEF: Nurofen; Devo deal; Nurses; MPs


16 Dec 2015

Nurofen probed by ASA

The UK’s advertising watchdog is probing the marketing of Nurofen Express, after receiving complaints about its television advert, the BBC has reported.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is examining if the advert is misleading by claiming it targets the source of headaches.

On Monday, Nurofen’s maker Reckitt Benckiser defended their packaging, after an Australian court ordered certain products off shelves.

New devo deal for London

A health devolution agreement for London has been signed at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Primary Care Today has reported.

The agreement, announced by Chancellor George Osborne and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, outlines plans that will set in motion the transformation of health and social care in the capital.  

Osborne said the agreement is “another crucial step in the devolution revolution” and the start of handing over “valuable healthcare power to local leaders”.

He added it would lead to “better, and more joined up healthcare in the capital.”

Nurses jailed for faking patient records

Two nurses have been jailed for “playing God” with patients’ lives by faking medical records, The Times has reported.

Rebecca Jones, 31, and Lauro Bertulano, 46, made up blood sugar readings instead of taking proper notes every two hours on a specialist stroke ward at an NHS hospital in south Wales.

Cardiff Crown Court was told that Jones falsified 51 entries for nine elderly patients at the 1,500-bed Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend and Bertulano made 26 fake readings for six gravely ill patients.

They were jailed for eight months and four months.

MP joins calls for public to think pharmacy

Pharmacists and a local MP are encouraging people to see their local pharmacy first to stay well this winter, the Gloucester Citizen has reported.

“Unnecessary trips are made to GPs, or even A&Es, when community pharmacies can help instead with everyday winter illness,” said MP Richard Graham.

“If more people visited them, £1 billion could be saved by the NHS annually.”


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