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States votes against free GP appointments for children

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

The States Assembly has voted against a change that would have made GP appointments free for all children in Jersey until 2021.

Deputy Carina Alves had proposed the interim measures while a more affordable primary care scheme is devised by the health minister for the start of next year.

Deputy Alves told the States "good health should not be determined by income".

A reduced fee of £10 for children's consultations was introduced during the coronavirus crisis, but is due to end on 9 August.

It coincides with the return of GPs to private practice, after the States agreed to directly employ them during a four-month period.

A proposal to axe a £120 fee for a women's 'pregnancy package' was also rejected by the States.

In February, it was voted that the health minister must devise a plan which reduces "financial barriers for patients who are financially, clinically or socially vulnerable" by 1 January 2021.

Deputy Richard Renouf said he expected to lodge his proposition in September.

Woman headbutted in row over dog's ball

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for information after a female dog walker was headbutted by a man, who was also walking a dog, in People’s Park on Wednesday between 18:15 and 18:25.

An argument broke out between the pair over the ownership of a dog’s ball.

States of Jersey Police said: "The man reacted violently to this argument and headbutted the woman before leaving the area."

The man is described as white with a broad build, short dark hair and in his 50s.

He was wearing a white long sleeved shirt, jeans and boots.

Anyone who may have seen the incident or has information is asked to contact the police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

Active cases falls to six following false positive

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

The number of active cases of coronavirus in Jersey has fallen to six.

The reduction reflects one person who has recovered from the virus, and a second person who gave a false positive for the virus at the island's ports, the Government of Jersey said.

Two asymptomatic people with the virus have now developed symptoms, it was announced on Tuesday.

Four of the six were identified through workforce screening, another through hospital admissions, and a final person through testing at the borders.

There have been 329 confirmed cases in Jersey, and 31 Covid-related deaths.

Businesses could encourage workers to return to offices

BBC Radio Jersey

Businesses in Jersey could soon be allowed to encourage their workers to come back to the office, as ministers prepare to move into the final stage of exiting the Covid-19 lockdown.

Ministers are due to meet medical experts next week to look at whether it is safe to move to level one of the Safe Exit Framework.

Until now, companies had been asked to have as many staff as possible working from home.

But, if ministers decide to relax restrictions, that could no longer be a requirement.

However, people would still be expected to stick to safe distance guidelines.

The States could also allow bigger gatherings of people, subject to extra rules for organisers.