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What are the common symptoms of dementia?

Concerns over identifying dementia have prompted NHS England to propose paying GPs extra to increase their diagnosis rates.

The Alzheimer's Society provides a list of some of the common symptoms of the condition.

day-to-day memory – difficulty recalling recent events

concentrating, planning or organising – difficulties making decisions, solving problems or carrying out a sequence of tasks (eg cooking a meal)

language – difficulties following a conversation or finding the right word for something

visuospatial skills – problems judging distances (eg on stairs) and seeing objects in three dimensions

orientation – losing track of the day or date, or becoming confused about where they are.

Victim of mobile phone theft faces £15,000 bill

A teacher who had his mobile stolen while on holiday in Barcelona faces a £15,000 bill despite telling the phone company that the calls were not made by him.

Osian Edwards from north west Wales says he is facing financial ruin after Vodafone insisted he pay for £15,000 made after thieves stole his phone.

He spoke to Good Morning Britain about how his life was "completely on hold" and how he feared his future would be ruined by huge bill.

I thought this must be a mistake, something has got to be sorted out here so I contacted Vodafone.

I've been in contact with Vodafone, going nowhere, since mid-August.

– Osian Edwards

The 29-year-old was adamant he had called Vodafone to notify them of the missing phone as soon as he realised his mobile had been stolen.

Knowing pick pockets are a huge problem in Barcelona, Osian says he took his bank card and Vodafones phone emergency numbers with him, and used a local pay phone to report the theft.

He handed over his account details to the Vodafone call handler. But when he returned to the UK, and rang back with his handset (IMEI) number as requested, he was told that Vodafone had no record of him cancelling.

His itemised bill, totalling £15,031.08, (now deducted to just over £10,500) shows his sim card was used to make calls to just two Spanish numbers - thought to be charged at premium-rate tariffs - throughout the night. Calls were made at a rate of more than one a minute at a cost of up to £20 a call.

Around 80 Homebase stores to be closed by 2018

Around 80 stores will be closed by 2018. Credit: Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

Around 25% of Homebase stores will be closed by 2018 as part of plans to "revitalise the business", Home Retail Group has announced.

The announcement - which will mean a reduction of around 80 stores - marks an acceleration of an existing plan for closures.

Home Retail Group said it will redeploy staff within the Group "where possible" or "encourage retailers buying our leases to offer roles within their businesses locally".


British Medical Association opposed to dementia plans

The British Medical Association, which represents doctors and medical students, says it is opposed to proposals to pay GPs for increasing dementia diagnoses.

Many elderly patients are diagnosed with dementia. Credit: Daniel Karmann

Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy chair of the BMA’s GPs committee, told the Daily Telegraph: “This is not a jointly negotiated enhanced service, it’s something NHS England wanted to do."

"Practices will have to make their minds up as to how they will approach it and I’m sure they will have lots of issues with it.

Cash-for-diagnosis dementia plan 'an ethical travesty'

The former head of the Royal College of GPs has said proposals to pay doctors to diagnose dementia are "an intellectual and ethical travesty".

Dr Iona Spence's comments were echoed by Surrey GP Dr Martin Brunet, who told healthcare magazine Pulse the idea "creates a major conflict of interest that is frankly unethical".

According to the Daily Telegraph, GPs in some parts of the country could be paid as much as £200 per diagnosis under the plan.

Pistorius friend: Prison 'terrifying prospect' for disabled

Prison can be a "terrifying prospect" for a disabled person as facilities are not properly equipped to deal with someone who has limited mobility, a friend of Oscar Pistorius told Good Morning Britain.

Charity chief Mike Kendrick admitted he feared for the safety of the disgraced athlete as Pistorius was "not mobile at all" without his prosthetic limbs.

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