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Croydon hospital failing to provide “safe service”

Croydon hospital failing to provide “safe service”

Croydon University Hospital is not providing a consistently safe service to its patients and requires significant improvements, according to a hospital watchdog’s latest report. Published today by the Care Quality Commission, the report highlighted that the institution, an A&E unit and the main hospital in the borough, is not providing…

Croydon kids: Park the car! Let’s walk and ride

Croydon kids: Park the car! Let’s walk and ride

A teacher from a Croydon primary school has explained the methods that led them to win a gold TfL award for cutting car use and promoting more environmentally friendly modes of travel Rockmount Primary, in Upper Norwood, was awarded a gold standard in TfL’s ‘Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe’ scheme…

Jane Ellison in Hackney to talk at FGM conference

Jane Ellison in Hackney to talk at FGM conference

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison and leading healthcare specialists will be discussing female genital mutilation at Amnesty International in Shoreditch this Tuesday. “Working Together to End FGM” will cover topics including early identification, safeguarding, preventing, and the international approach to the issue. The conference will be hosted by The Black…

National Institute for Health and Care: Hackney and Tower Hamlets family doctors among the best in UK

National Institute for Health and Care: Hackney and Tower Hamlets family doctors among the best in UK

Family doctors in Hackney and Tower Hamlets are leading the capital and the country with their ‘excellent work’ in dealing with a range of serious conditions, according to a new report. The report from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said the GPs were ‘top performers’ in controlling…

Surrey Downs votes to stop hospital restructuring

Surrey Downs votes to stop hospital restructuring

Plans for a major restructuring of hospital services in south London have been delayed after Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group withdrew their support on Friday. The decision was taken after a Surrey Downs GP ballot voted against the plans by 110 votes to 37, with one abstention. The remaining south…

Council launches campaign to stop sale of extra-strong lager

Council launches campaign to stop sale of extra-strong lager

A campaign called ‘Reduce the Strength’ was launched this week in an attempt to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime in Whitechapel and Brick Lane caused by increased alcohol consumption. The campaign, which is a collective initiative by Tower Hamlets Council, the Metropolitan Police and Thames Reach will result in off-license…

Highest call-out rates for pests found in Hackney

Highest call-out rates for pests found in Hackney

Hackney and Tower Hamlets councils have the highest call-out rates for rat, mouse, bed bug and cockroach infestations in London according to a report by the British Pest Control Association. The figures show how many times local council authorities were called out to deal with various pests in their areas…

Protestors gather to oppose cuts to the NHS

Protestors gather to oppose cuts to the NHS

By Rob Winkel Up to 200 people assembled outside the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel Tuesday evening to oppose the planned cuts of up to £78 million to the Barts Health NHS Trust. Local campaigners, trade unionists and health workers attended the demonstration. Santiago Modina, a 28 year old nurse at…

Hackney GP group chosen to take over out-of-hours service

Hackney GP group chosen to take over out-of-hours service

City and Hackney Urgent Healthcare Social Enterprise (CHUHSE), a group of Hackney GPs, have been awarded a £6.4m contract to take back responsibility for out-of-hours care in East London. City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) announced last Friday they were granting local GPs the four-year contract. This means local…

Save Lewisham Hospital campaigners celebrate victory

Save Lewisham Hospital campaigners celebrate victory

Lewisham Hospital campaigners held a sell-out victory fundraiser at the Rivoli Ballroom in Crofton Park on Friday, September 27. The “Spirit of Lewisham” event sought to celebrate the efforts of year long campaigning and fundraise the enduring battle to save the Lewisham A&E. Save Lewisham Hospital campaign organiser, Jos Bell…