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New initiative improves mental health services
A new initiative aims to make it easier for service providers to help people with mental health problems overcome their day-to-day challenges. Mental health charity Mind has launched a "Life Support" briefing highlighting the challenges faced by people with mental health problems – and the support needed to overcome them.
MP's speak up for rural pharmacies
GOVERNMENT proposals must not be allowed to result in the closure of rural pharmacies, MPs have warned. MPs fear government plans to save £163m in the NHS pharmacy budget could mean pharmacies in smaller towns and villages could be forced to shut up shop.
Rural Dementia is rising
A ground-breaking study is set to assess the rising impact of dementia on rural communities. Dementia is a growing health problem, with an expected rise in the number of cases of 156% between now and 2051, according to statistics from the Alzheimer's Society.
Patients 'more aware of NHS choice'
Rural residents are more aware of their right to choose where they receive NHS care, suggests a survey. Conducted by NHS England and Monitor, the government says the survey indicates that more needs to be done to promote patient choice across the NHS.