in brief

The Health Education Authority yesterday launched a 'hard hitting' advertising campaign aimed at 16 to 24-year-old smokers. The£2.4m campaign features real people with smoking-related diseases, including lung and oral cancer. It was planned before the government issued its Smoking Kills white paper last week.

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Comment, page 17.

Ministers have approved the merger of Derbyshire Ambulance Service trust, Leicestershire Ambulance and Paramedic Service trust and Nottinghamshire Ambulance Service trust following a three-month consultation period.

Health secretary Frank Dobson has told Suffolk health authority to reconsider proposals to move services from Bartlett Hospital in Felixstowe to the larger Ipswich Hospital. East Suffolk community health council opposed plans to transfer rehabilitation and recovery services during consultations earlier this year.

The doctors and dentists pay review body is being asked to endorse a£25m package to enhance the deprivation payments scheme. More than 19,000 family doctors would receive an average of£1,300 if the deal agreed between the Department of Health and the British Medical Association's GP committee is approved.

Deaths from new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease have risen to 33 to date, Department of Health figures show.

The British Medical Association's Scottish GP committee has called for an urgent meeting with Scottish health minister Sam Galbraith to discuss the 'deplorable' lack of guidance on setting up local healthcare co-operatives and primary care trusts.

The Institute for Public Policy Research has warned that the NHS could be 'usurped' by firms offering 'inappropriate' genetic tests unless a national strategy is drawn up.

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