Healthcare: The Week in Healthcare

Sanofi-Aventis bursary offer

Sanofi-Aventis has launched a Patient Group Bursary. As part of the scheme, two successful groups will be awarded grants of £25,000 each to support programmes in areas such as promoting patient empowerment and the development of ways to deliver services to the NHS.

The National Pharmacy Association has welcomed the news that Scotland has joined Northern Ireland and Wales in abolishing prescription fees. Nanette Kerr, director of pharmacy at the NPA, said: 'Prescription charges deter many people from getting medicines that their doctor prescribes.'

Bedrock Healthcare Communications, an agenda and discipline-neutral agency servicing the pharma sector, has been launched. The Hampshire-based agency will provide comms to the UK and global pharma market.

The NHS Confederation has criticised the Government's comms around the NHS reforms. A discussion paper, Where Next for NHS Reform?, has called for improvement to the Government's comms by 'developing a compelling narrative in favour of the reforms and not devaluing the NHS staff responsible for making the changes'.

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