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HIV self-test scheme launched in Cornwall


A new scheme in Cornwall is aiming to help people test themselves for HIV. Free home sampling kits are being offered to those concerned so they can test themselves for the virus. Early detection of the disease is vital to survival rates.

The idea coincides with World Aids Day when people show their support for those living with HIV and commemorate those who have died.


Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston calls for labels on drinks to show how many teaspoons of sugar they contain

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Dr. Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP for Totnes who chairs the Health Select Committee in Parliament, has called on the Government to ensure labels on drinks state how many teaspoons of sugar they contain.

She was among several MPs calling for the Government to introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks as part of a package of measures to reduce sugar intake after a petition from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver came before Parliament.

Oliver's petition, which has received almost 152,000 signatures, notes £1 billion could be raised every year by charging an extra 7p in tax on a regular-sized can of soft drink which contains added sugar.

The petitioners argue this money should be protected and used to develop NHS and school strategies to deal with childhood obesity and diet-related diseases.

Jamie Oliver's petition on sugary drinks was discussed at the Health Select Committee. Credit: PA Images

Dr. Wollaston, who called for a package of measures to tackle the issues, said: "I think Jamie Oliver in his presentation to us made a very compelling case for let's just put the teaspoons on the drinks."

She added: "What you need to have is clear information which says does this contain 12, 13, six and... I think it helps industry if people can clearly see they've made an effort to make a lower sugar product but let's allow that within clear labelling."

Earlier Dr Wollaston also denied a sugar tax on soft drinks is "regressive and hits the poor", saying: "Look at who is already hit by this problem - the burden of childhood obesity falls on the poorest children in our community and what we know from experience in Mexico is that a 10% levy on sugary drinks has led to a 6% reduction in consumption, but perhaps more importantly it's led to a 9% reduction in consumption among the heaviest users and that's the point here."

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Planned junior doctors strike called off at final hour

The strike was due to take place on December 1. Credit: PA

The junior doctors strike due to begin on Tuesday has been called off at the final hour .

Conciliation service Acas said a deal had been reached following five days of talks.

This means planned walk-outs on December 1, 8 and 16 will now be averted.

Under the agreement NHS employers agreed to extend the time frame for contract negotiations until January 13 next year.

An Acas spokesman said: "Acas is pleased that the talks have been held in a constructive manner and cooperative spirit between the parties, that will allow an improvement in industrial relations."


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Junior doctors strike: 'Potential agreement reached'

A potential agreement has been reached between the British Medical Association and the government, which could mean planned junior doctors strikes will be suspended, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said.

Just which one is it? Council spells road three different ways

You'd forgive the postman for maybe getting confused after bungling council workers spelt a street name three different ways.

Brian Kelly was left baffled after he noticed his local authority had managed to spell Whiteley Avenue three different ways on signs it had put up.

The wrongly spelled sign number 1

The mistake was made after the old wooden signs, bearing the correct spelling, rotted away, and South Hams District Council rushed to replace them.

The brand new signs were erected in place, but to the dismay of local residents including Mr Kelly, they all bared different spellings.

After sending the council a map indicating where the dodgy signs are, Mr Kelly has now been told the signs are on a list to be replaced.

It's bizarre - you'd think the council would just be able to copy the old signs - but instead they came up with not one but two different spellings.

They told me they will be correcting the mistake - but have to wait to buy a batch of new signs - because it's cheaper.

– Brian Kelly
The wrongly spelled sign number 2

We apologise to the residents of Whiteley Avenue for this error and we are ordering new signs to rectify the problem.

– South Hams District Council spokesman
The council was able to get the sign right on one occasion
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