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NHS in Croydon – needs growing faster than funding

NHS in Croydon – needs growing faster than funding

The NHS has held an event to decide with what the future of care in the area will be like. This came in the form of an ‘engagement event’ in Croydon’s Fairfield Halls. The six south west London CCGs (Clinical commissioning groups) and NHS England, held the meeting to develop a five-year…

Migrant Care Workers Told They ‘Must Speak English’

Migrant Care Workers Told They ‘Must Speak English’

A recently released study from Kings College in London, suggests that migrant care workers who aren’t able to speak an adequate level of English, might not be able to deliver an adequate level of care. Dr Shereen Hussein of King’s College London’s Social Care Workforce Research Unit and  an advisor to the Department…

London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

London Marathon: training top tips for the final week

You’re in the shape of your life, you’ve spent the winter shattering what you thought was your pain barrier with brutal late night and early morning runs, and for the last couple of months you’ve cut out alcohol and anything else that might vaguely intoxicate the temple that your body…

Lewisham doctor to stand for European Parliament

Lewisham doctor to stand for European Parliament

A senior A&E consultant who campaigned to save Lewisham Hospital has announced that he is running for the European elections next month. Dr Chidi Ejimofo, a consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital, is the latest NHS employee to announce his candidacy for the National Health Action (NHA) Party. Ejimofo, who lives…

Lewisham second worst borough for tree felling

Lewisham second worst borough for tree felling

Vulnerable Lewisham residents who suffer from heart and lung conditions could face an increased respiratory risk this summer, after it is revealed the borough is the second worst for tree felling in the capital. Data released through the Freedom of Information Act showed that Lewisham Council planted 139 street trees but felled…

Supermarkets reject initiative to curb street drinking

Supermarkets reject initiative to curb street drinking

Sainsbury’s supermarket is among stores refusing to cooperate with a Croydon Council initiative to curb street drinking. The scheme, first proposed in January this year, would require supermarkets and off-licenses to stop selling beers over 6.5 per cent alcohol. Sainsbury’s branches in the borough are currently still selling high alcohol content…

Hospital pays family damages after mother bled to death

Hospital pays family damages after mother bled to death

The High Court has awarded damages to the family of a mother who bled to death in a Croydon hospital after giving birth to twins by Caesarean. Rosida Etwaree, 45, never held either of her twin girls, Nabilah and Nuha, as she suffered a major haemorrhage and died several hours…

Secure mental health unit criticised over fleeing patients

Secure mental health unit criticised over fleeing patients

The procedures of a mental health unit in Hackney have been criticised after figures emerged showing that over 200 patients, including a convicted murderer, have gone absent without leave since 2001. A freedom of information request revealed that 211 patients under the care of the John Howard Centre in Homerton,…

New half-marathon hopes to follow footsteps of Olympics

New half-marathon hopes to follow footsteps of Olympics

The first council-funded half marathon, Run Hackney,  has launched in the borough. For the first time ever, Hackney’s roads will be closed to accommodate the 21-kilometre run. The event will take place on June 22. Councillor Feryal Demirci, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “I’m delighted that we’re now…

‘Wheels for Wellbeing’ calling for more volunteers

A Croydon cycling service is calling for more volunteers to meet the demand of disabled people wanting to ride bicycles, tandems, specialist tricycles and rickshaws. Wheels for Wellbeing currently have 15 volunteers but requires many more to cope with the increase in interest from disabled cyclists. In 2012, the organisation saw 600 new people try […]