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London Velo in Deptford joins ‘bike café’ trend

London Velo in Deptford joins ‘bike café’ trend

London Velo in Deptford is next to join the ‘bike café’ trend where coffee is combined with cycle repair and trade. The café opens on 29 May and welcomes all cyclists, from hardcore riders in lycra to complete beginners. Steve McMillan, co-owner of the café, emphasises that the café will…

NHS whistleblower case postponed until September

NHS whistleblower case postponed until September

The case of an NHS whistleblower’s alleged unfair dismissal has been postponed until 14 September. The five-day long tribunal held at the Croydon Employment Tribunal run out of time before a judgment could be reached. Bernadette Rochford has issued a claim for unfair dismissal against NHS Southwark Primary Care Trust (PCT), now…

Whistleblowing left NHS nurse “walking on eggshells”

Whistleblowing left NHS nurse “walking on eggshells”

An NHS whistleblower found herself “walking on eggshells” at work after raising concerns about inefficient patient controls, a Croydon employment tribunal was told. Bernadette Rochford says she was unfairly dismissed by NHS Southwark Primary Care Trust, (PCT) now Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and reportedly seeks £30,000 in damages for stress-related…

Patient escapes from mental health unit in Hackney

Patient escapes from mental health unit in Hackney

  Police urge the public not to approach Jason Peirara, who absconded from a mental health unit in Hackney yesterday, while they attempt to trace him. Jason Peirara, aged 32, disappeared during a period of escorted leave from the John Howard Centre in Kenworthy Road, Hackney. He is described as…

Campaign groups join forces for NHS day of action

Campaign groups join forces for NHS day of action

Lobby groups from the Save Our NHS campaign against the privatisation of the National Health Service took to the streets last weekend for Save Our NHS Day. They were trying to draw attention ahead of the general election on May 7 to the problems that they believe are caused by…

ELL goes to Delhi: waste dumping scandal

ELL goes to Delhi: waste dumping scandal

This week the team behind Eastlondlines has been working with journalism students at Jamia Millia Ismalia University in Delhi to produce the Delhi Gazette, a website much like ELL and covering stories in the Indian capital. Many of these stories reflect the same issues and events that are found in…

Tower Hamlets, Croydon and Lewisham high streets among unhealthiest in London, survey reveals

Tower Hamlets, Croydon and Lewisham high streets among unhealthiest in London, survey reveals

Tower Hamlets, Croydon and Lewisham have some of the unhealthiest high streets in London, a new survey has revealed. The Royal Society for Public Health, an independent health education charity, found Whitechapel High Street to be the unhealthiest in London, followed by Croydon’s New Addington in second place, Chrisp Street…

Abortion protest held outside Loampit Hill centre

Abortion protest held outside Loampit Hill centre

An anti-abortion display took place outside a Lewisham doctor’s surgery on March 4 in a protest against the use of the surgery for carrying out abortions. Pro-life group Abort67 stood outside St John’s Medical Centre on Loampit Hill with placards displaying graphic images of abortion. Ruth Rawlins, Abort67’s London coordinator, revealed…

Limehouse surgery to become “unviable” in a few months

Limehouse surgery to become “unviable” in a few months

A health centre is set to lose more than £638,000 of funding, despite the borough already being one of the most financially deprived in the country. A 21,000-signature petition had been handed to 10 Downing Street over East End GP cuts in August 2014 and the Limehouse practice will be…

New statistics show that the teenage pregnancy rate in Croydon is the highest in London

New statistics show that the teenage pregnancy rate in Croydon is the highest in London

Croydon’s rate of teenage pregnancy has risen in the last year, even though the overall national rates continue to decline. According to recently published figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the latest data shows that Croydon topped all London boroughs with 232 pregnancies per 1000 in girls aged…

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