A Labour MP has implied that neither the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, nor communities secretary Eric Pickles, would be able to get an NHS operation in Devon because of their lifestyles.
Ben Bradshaw was referring to the policy of the main commissioning group in the county to cut back on operations for smokers or people deemed to be obese.
Health experts in Devon and Cornwall are encouraging parents to get their toddlers vaccinated against flu.
The virus, which spreads very easily, can be potentially fatal.
Under fives are more likely to be admitted to hospital with flu than any other age group.
Smokers and seriously overweight people in Devon will be denied routine surgery - unless they quit smoking or lose weight.
Morbidly obese patients will have to shed 5 percent of their weight - smokers will have to quit eight weeks before surgery.
The NHS in Devon says the cuts are needed to help meet waiting list targets, however, surgery that is urgent or immediately necessary, such as to treat cancer, will not be delayed.
But the Deputy Prime Minister has told us today that he doesn't agree with the policy of rationing treatment.
The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (NEW Devon CCG) today announced measures to prioritise essential health services.
New measures could mean that smokers and seriously overweight people could be denied routine surgery - unless they change their lifestyle. Morbidly obese patients will have to shed 5 percent of their weight - smokers will have to quit eight weeks before surgery.
The NHS in Devon says the cuts are needed to help meet waiting list targets. However, surgery that is urgent or immediately necessary, such as to treat cancer, will not be delayed.
“All of these temporary measures relate to planned operations and treatments, not those which must be done as an emergency or to save lives. “Clinicians have carefully reviewed a number of measures, taking into account the impacts of their temporary withdrawal to decide which we will implement. “We recognise that each patient is an individual and where their GP or consultant feels that there are exceptional circumstances we will convene a panel of clinicians to consider the case.
“We will continue to keep people informed about our decisions around the measures.
Smokers and morbidly obese people in Devon will be denied routine surgery unless they quit smoking or lose weight.
Patients with a BMI of 35 or above will have to shed 5% of their weight - while smokers will have to quit eight weeks before surgery.
The NHS in Devon says the cuts are needed to help meet waiting list targets.
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More than £40,000 has been donated to a shipping company in Cornwall to help send vital provisions to an orphanage in Sierra Leone in time for Christmas.
A&P Falmouth started the appeal two weeks ago.
Later volunteers from Shelterbox and RNAS Culdrose will be packing up boxes to send to Africa.
Life has been hard in the West African country since war broke out and prices have risen. The situation is made even harder since the outbreak of ebola in March.
As part of the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor is to announce VAT refunds for Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance charities alongside £7.5 million extra support for air ambulances.
The VAT refunds will be worth £25 million over 5 years.
It is in response to the service the UK’s Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance charities provide, volunteering their time and expertise to support to emergency services.
At the moment, most Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance charities cannot claim VAT back on their search and rescue activities but this means they will all be able to apply for VAT refunds for them as of 1 April 2015.
Health chiefs in Devon have apologised for failing to consult people about a decision to move beds from one hospital to another.
There was an angry reaction when it was announced that the in-patient unit at Axminster Hospital would be temporarily closed and moved to Seaton Hospital eight miles away to cope with nurse shortages in both sites.
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has now halted the move and has started a four-week public consultation over whether the transfer should take place.
We know that within Devon and nationally we have significant staffing deficits, particularly with the nursing workforce, so on a daily basis we need to ensure we have the right staff in the right place to be able to give the right level of care to our patients.
What we clearly haven't done is we haven't been able to express to the public the clarity in the situation that we face.
This process intends to look at how we can get active dialogue to look at the problem we have and what solution we can get to in terms of what future for the hospital could be.
It's World Aids Day today and here in the South West campaigners are hoping to encourage people who are at risk to get tested.
It's estimated that there are around 600 people living with AIDS in Devon and Cornwall alone and local charities are hoping to encourage greater acceptability of getting tested.