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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…

Save Lewisham Hospital campaigners victory parade

Save Lewisham Hospital campaigners victory parade

Save Lewisham Hospital campaigners and supporters staged a victory parade and party on September 14 to celebrate the campaign’s achievements over the last year, to say ‘thank-you’ and to prepare for a fightback against the unexpected appeal by Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt. Despite the rainy weather, several hundred people…

Save Lewisham Hospital to host victory dance

Save Lewisham Hospital to host victory dance

The Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign is celebrating its efforts this year and the initial success of the judicial review by holding a victory dance fundraiser on Friday 27 September. The dance will be held at the Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley and it will raise money through tickets sales and donations…

Lewisham is awarded lottery funding for children’s services

Lewisham is awarded lottery funding for children’s services

  Lewisham is one of the 15 areas in England to be awarded part of £5m in lottery funding to improve the lives of young children and tackle poverty, the Big Lotter Fund announced on Wednesday. The Big Lottery Cash Fund will be used to develop ideas aimed at improving…

Warning after popular, traditional African morning sickness remedy found to contain lead and arsenic

Warning after popular, traditional African morning sickness remedy found to contain lead and arsenic

Pregnant women belonging to Hackney’s African and Asian communities have been urged to stop taking a potentially poisonous supplement that contains lead and arsenic. Certain communities in Hackney and other parts of London use Calabash chalk as an antidote to morning sickness. Environmental health officers have seized a quantity of…