BURSLEM: A meeting scheduled to take place today to allow Stoke-on-Trent GPs to explain the wide range of changes occurring in the NHS has been cancelled.
The event was due to take place at Burslem's Vale Park but now clashes with the club's re-arranged home game with Bradford City.
Members of the public had been invited to ask doctors about the reforms which will be introduced from April 1 and to raise other health-related issues.
A new date for the meeting has not yet been arranged.
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The main change is that the local primary care trusts will be abolished and be replaced with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) run by the area's family doctors which will be responsible for purchasing around 80 per cent of care.
STOKE: A 28-year-old man has been sent to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court accused of offences including false imprisonment.
David Knapper, of St Anthony's Court, Boothen Green, Stoke, is charged with falsely imprisoning Kayleigh Foulkes against her will between January 17 and February 23, intentionally controlling the activities of another person in relation to her prostitution for, or in expectation of, making a gain for himself between January 22 and February 23 and assaulting Kayleigh Foulkes occasioning her actual bodily harm on February 15. Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre granted the defendant conditional bail.
HANLEY: Simon Pratt, aged 47, of Portland Street, Hanley, has pleaded not guilty to doing an act which he was prohibited from doing under the terms of a Sex Offender Prevention Order on January 5 and possessing a computer at Shelton between December 30 and January 4, which he was banned from doing under the same order.
He will be back before North Staffordshire Justice Centre on March 14.
Magistrates granted him conditional bail.