NHS overcharged by millions for key drug, says watchdog

Drug company Concordia overcharged the NHS by millions for a key thyroid treatment, the Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found. The CMA said that last year the NHS spent £34m on its drug, liothyronine, up from about £600,000 in 2006.The amount the NHS paid per pack rose from …

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EasyJet profits fall after 'difficult year' for aviation

EasyJet’s profits have fallen during what the airline called a “difficult year for the aviation industry”.Pre-tax profits in the year to 30 September fell 17.3% to £408m, in line with guidance given last month. Passenger numbers rose 9.7%.These are the last results overseen by chief executive Carolyn McCall, who …

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'Outsourced' workers seek better deal in landmark case

A group of 75 workers, including porters and receptionists, are going to tribunal to gain more rights at work.As outsourced employees, they are supplied to the University of London by a facilities company, but do not receive the same benefits as those employed directly.The university does not accept they …

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Automated checkouts 'miserable' for elderly shoppers

Automated checkout machines put off about a quarter of older people from going shopping, a survey from a housing charity for the elderly suggests.They can find the automated checkouts “intimidating” and “unfriendly,” according to the charity, Anchor.Without someone to talk to at the tills, shopping can be a “miserable …

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The first man to star in a L’Oreal make-up advert

Gary, aka ‘The Plastic Boy’, is an Instagram beauty blogger with more than 75,0000 followers.He does make-up demonstration videos and became the first man to star in a make-up advert for L’Oreal.The cosmetics company says we could see male-targeted make-up counters within “five to seven years”. Source: BBC News

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Under 30s to benefit from new 'millennial' railcards

A new “millennial” railcard that could save 26 to 30-year-old passengers hundreds of pounds a year is expected to be confirmed in tomorrow’s Budget. The scheme, which involves paying £30 a year in exchange for 33% off rail travel, is expected to operate in a similar way to the …

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