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Improved all-round care for mental health patients

Improved all-round care for mental health patients

Health care for Lewisham patients with mental health problems has improved, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by Lewisham’s Healthier Communities Select Committee, said that since April all patients who have been in hospitals run by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) have received physical…

Calls to tackle Hackney air pollution after 66 deaths

Calls to tackle Hackney air pollution after 66 deaths

Hackney is facing a serious air pollution problem, which has caused 66 deaths in the borough alone this year. Air pollution on most of London’s roads is twice the EU legal limit, an issue that is having a toxic affect on the population. The ‘Campaign for Clean Air in London’…

Barts Health ranked worst in the UK in patients’ survey

Barts Health ranked worst in the UK in patients’ survey

Barts Health, the NHS trust overseeing the Royal London and Mile End hospitals, is the worst performing trust for patient experience in the UK, according to a Macmillan Cancer Support survey. In its annual patient experience league table, the charity named seven London NHS trusts among the worst performing ten.…

Lewisham Hospital denies claims of “unprepared” response to suspected Ebola patient

Lewisham Hospital denies claims of “unprepared” response to suspected Ebola patient

Lewisham Hospital today denied reports in the Daily Mail that it had been had been “totally unprepared when a suspected Ebola patient walked into A&E” on Saturday. A source in the hospital told the Mail that the staff treating the patient used facemasks and surgical gloves and not HAZMAT suits…

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

NHS workers strike for a one per cent pay rise for all staff

Lewisham NHS workers took part in a four-hour nationwide strike today in an attempt to secure a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff. The strike, which was expected to affect NHS services across England and parts of Northern Ireland, had an impressive turnout in the Lewisham borough as ambulance…

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Activists rally in Westminster in Europe wide protest against treaty to sell off our public sector

Local activists will be joining a rally at Westminster on Saturday as part of a Europe wide protest against a treaty that would effectively open up publicly owned institutions to take-over by American private sector giants. The TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and investment partnership) is a new trade deal between the…

‘Stop the Incinerator’ campaign’s judicial review is threatened through lack of funds

‘Stop the Incinerator’ campaign’s judicial review is threatened through lack of funds

“Stop the Incinerator”  campaign’s judicial review, of Croydon and Sutton councils, is under threat due to a lack of funding. After six years of campaigning, Green Party activist Shasha Khan and other campaigners were expecting to start the judicial review against the Beddington incinerator scheme tomorrow at the High Court…

Goldsmiths has its say on Stoptober Challenge

Goldsmiths has its say on Stoptober Challenge

This week sees the start of Stoptober – an approach at helping people give up smoking. It is a 28-day challenge, and last year the campaign encouraged almost 250,000 people in the UK to quit smoking during the month of October. The campaign found few takers on the Goldsmiths campus,…

London Fields Lido to extend opening hours

London Fields Lido to extend opening hours

The London Fields Lido is being refurbished with increased lighting facilities in order to extend opening hours in the upcoming winter months. The heated outdoor pool will be outfitted with new floodlight columns to grant swimmers year-round access between the hours of 6:30am and 9pm beginning in December. Councillor Jonathan McShane,…

Thousands of protesters prepare to march through east London in final leg of the People’s March for the NHS

Thousands of protesters prepare to march through east London in final leg of the People’s March for the NHS

  The final leg of the 300 mile long ‘999 Call for the NHS’ march reaches Hackney tomorrow as thousands of demonstrators pass through the borough on their way to the climax of the protest. The march, coordinated by a group of mothers known as “the Darlo mums”, set off from…