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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…

No smoking near children in Hackney’s Clissold Park

No smoking near children in Hackney’s Clissold Park

Hackney Council has introduced smoke-free zones in the parts of Clissold Park used extensively by children. This extends the existing smoking ban operating in the play areas of 13 major parks across the borough. The smoke free zone seeks to avoid children being exposed to smoking as, according to Hackney Council,…

East End anger over GP surgery cuts: 21,000 signature protest petition is handed to 10 Downing Street

East End anger over GP surgery cuts: 21,000 signature protest petition is handed to 10 Downing Street

A 21,000  signature petition against threatened cuts to GP surgeries in Hackney and Tower Hamlets was presented to 10 Downing Street on Wednesday after a demonstration by local campaigners. About 60 protesters with banners bearing slogans such as  “Hunt and Cameron, NHS for sale” and quotes from Aneurin Bevan, the…

Campaign improves chances of cancer survival

Campaign improves chances of cancer survival

A campaign aimed at improving the chances of cancer survival in East London has led to more people being diagnosed early. The “small c” campaign started in 2010, and is a partnership between the health services across Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Newham, City and Hackney and Barts Health NHS Trust. The…

Hackney bans the sale of Nitrous Oxide

Hackney bans the sale of Nitrous Oxide

More than 1,200 nitrous gas canisters were confiscated from the pubs and clubs of Shoreditch last Saturday, as Hackney Council banned the sale of the gas on the streets. The council have resorted to using Section 38 of the London Local Authority Act from 1990, which allows the local authorities…

Croydon flagship borough to tackle child obesity

Croydon flagship borough to tackle child obesity

  Croydon is leading the way in tackling child obesity, as one of London’s two new food flagship boroughs. The announcement made last week by Mayor Boris Johnson sees Croydon and Lambeth set to pioneer projects from the “Lighter London” programme in schools and communities. Over a five year period the scheme will educate children about…

Croydon Council take new measures to tackle alcohol-related crime and health problems in the town centre

Croydon Council take new measures to tackle alcohol-related crime and health problems in the town centre

  Croydon Council is taking new measures this summer to tackle alcohol-related problems, as the town centre becomes a part of the Home Office’s local alcohol action areas project. The council are teaming up with police and other local partners to encourage off-licences in Croydon town centre to help fight…

Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Local history project calling for creative disabled artists

Out of the Box, a new local history arts project is looking for creative or artistic disabled Tower Hamlets residents to create artwork for an exhibition that will be launched later this year. Participants will take part in a series of workshops this summer using archive materials such as photographs…

Emergency funding demanded to save Hackney surgeries

Emergency funding demanded to save Hackney surgeries

  The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has called upon ministers to provide emergency funding to GPs surgeries in order to prevent their imminent closure. This demand follows the announcement that the Government is to phase out the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG) over the next seven years. The…

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…