Smokers barred from operations, Christmas TV re-runs and grumpy monkeys

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Smokers barred from operations, Christmas TV re-runs and grumpy monkeys
4th December 2014

Writer and journalist  Andy Jones talks through today’s headlines.

Smokers and obese people barred from operations

Smokers and morbidly obese people in Devon will be denied routine operations unless they make lifestyle changes.

As part of an attempt to cut costs, the county NHS hospital has said obese patients will need to lose 5 per cent of their body weight before surgery.
Smokers will need to have quit for a minimum of eight weeks.

Clinical trusts in Devon face a £14.5million pound deficit and say they need to make the cuts to help meet waiting-list targets.


This years christmas telly looks a lot like last years

63 per cent of the Christmas TV schedule is going to be repeats.

Classic programmes like Only Fools and Horses, Wallace and Gromit will be shown on the BBC.

Over on ITV, 57 per cent of the days run down includes re-runs of Midsummer Murders and Harry Potter films that have already made a TV debut.


One grumpy monkey as Tesco stops supplying cheap snacks

Chimps at the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary seem quite unimpressed with Tesco’s decision to stop supplying them with bananas.

A worker at the sanctuary used to make her way to the local supermarket to buy the cut-price fruit and veg that was about to go to waste.

But,  in September Tesco said the deal was off, leaving a few primates getting the hump.

Apparently it was down to health and safety as the shop didn’t want the animals to get ill by eating the nearly-off produce.

This triggered an online campaign, and people threatening to boycott the supermarket. 

Tesco has now relented on the discounted good, but have ruled out some items off the menu.

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