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London medical school benefitted from and contributed to British colonialism:…

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) benefitted from and contributed to British colonialism in a variety of ways between 1899 and 1960, according to a report on its history. It is largely to its role in British colonialism that the LSHTM owes its current power and position…

British Asian paediatric neurosurgeon separates Brazilian conjoined twins with fused…

A British Asian paediatric neurosurgeon led complex surgeries to separate Brazilian twins conjoined in the head. Nearly four-year-old Bernardo and Arthur, born with their heads fused, are the oldest twins to undergo such a procedure whose success is considered a “remarkable achievement.”Noor ul Owase Jeelani, who works at the UK’s…

Overworked and under rested health staff ‘pose same risk on…

Sleep-deprived medical staff are prone to accidents and “pose the same danger on roads as drunk drivers”, putting themselves and other road users at risk.Delegates at a European medical conference were told that about half of all hospital doctors and nurses driving home after a night shift met with accidents…

NHS nurse treks to Everest base camp to raise fund…

AN NHS nurse is set to trek to the Everest base camp to raise money for medical staff whose mental health was affected by the pandemic. Sukdeep Dhadda, TB nurse specialist at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, will hike for 11 days to reach Everest base camp at an altitude…

Fresh protests rock Sri Lanka after police killing

Fresh anti-government protests spread across Sri Lanka Wednesday, a day after police shot dead a demonstrator and triggered international condemnation just as the crisis-hit country appealed for an IMF bailout. Regular blackouts, acute shortages of food and fuel and record inflation have sparked increasing public discontent in the island, which…

Shane Warne dies of suspected heart attack

AUSTRALIAN cricketer Shane Warne, one of the finest spin bowlers of all time whose talent and personality transcended the sport, died aged 52 on Friday (4). Warne, who ended his spell-binding international career in 2007 with a remarkable 708 test wickets, died from a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui,…

Indian doctors’ body raises PLAB2 test issue with Javid

AN ORGANISATION representing Indian doctors has raised the issue of cancelled qualification exams in the UK with health secretary Sajid Javid. The General Medical Council (GMC) announced on December 22 that it was cancelling all PLAB2 tests for foreign doctors in January and February 2022. However, this decision was made…

Amazon Prime Video renews Mumbai Diaries for a second season

Created and directed by Nikkhil Advani, Amazon Prime Video’s Mumbai Diaries (2021) turned out to be a big success on the streaming service. Set against the backdrop of the Mumbai terror attacks of 26th November, 2008, the streaming show featured Mohit Raina and Konkona Sen Sharma in pivotal roles. The…

Racial bias in doctors’ recruitment across London, BMJ survey shows

WHITE doctors are six times more likely than black applicants to be successful when applying for posts in London, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) said on Wednesday (13). Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed white doctors were also four times more likely to be get a job…

Konkona Sensharma: I always related a lot more to realistic…

ACTRESS DISCUSSES HER NEW SERIES AND SECRET TO AUTHENTICITY IMPRESSIVELY versatile actress Konkona Sensharma has been a part of many successful films and left a strong mark with her performances. Her newly released project is Amazon Prime series Mumbai Diaries 26/11, which is based around emergency responders during the terrorist…

Three deaths at NHS Nightingale Hospital due to blocked breathing…

THREE Covid patients died at London's NHS Nightingale Hospital last year due to the negligence of the 'inexperienced' staff for using wrong ventilator equipment. One of the patients among them was Kishorkumar Patel, 58, a London bus driver, who was initially admitted to Northwick Park Hospital on April 4, 2020…

New $1.35tn infrastructure plan will create jobs and help attain…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (15) said that the country will launch a Rs 100 trillion ($1.35tn) national infrastructure plan that will help generate jobs and expand the use of cleaner fuels to achieve the country's climate goals. During his speech at the Independence Day celebrations in New…

Unsung Indian heroes: 10 exceptional doctors at frontline of pandemic…

DURING the Covid-19 pandemic in India, there were some doctors and healthcare staff who went beyond their line of duty to mitigate the pain of fellow citizens. Eastern Eye looks at some of them who made a difference to the communities they serve: 1. Dr Rajendra Bharud Doctor-turned IAS officer…

NHS staff perform music composed by six-year-old Apollo Premadasa

FOUR Barts Health medical staff from Newham hospital and the Royal London hospital have performed a piece of classical music composed by a six-year-old boy in tribute to health workers and scientists on the 73rd birthday of NHS. The concert took place in the Great Hall of St Bartholomew’s hospital…

‘UK’s health service heading towards acute staff shortage’

BRITAIN’S National Health Service (NHS) is set to face acute staff shortage as many senior doctors are planning to retire in the coming times and more trainees are expected to opt for flexible working, medical leaders have warned, calling on the health and social care secretary Sajid Javid to give…

£2 million granted to improve maternity safety in England 

THE maternity safety minister on Sunday (4) announced more than £2 million funds for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to lead the first phase of the Avoiding Brain injuries in Childbirth (ABC) collaboration. The fund will be used to survey maternity staff and parents and test out…

‘Call time on NHS racism’

THE NHS depends on black and minority ethnic staff (BAME) to provide high quality, reliable and safe care to patients – and has done so since its inception in 1948. They enrich the NHS with their skills, enthusiasm and diverse perspectives, and their continuing contribution has been highlighted by the…

Bias ‘not the only reason’ for workplace inequality, says expert

RACIAL disparities in British society are real, but discrimination is often not the reason for these inequalities, a government race adviser has said. Dr Tony Sewell, head of the government’s commission on race and ethnic disparities, said there were “deeper factors” at play instead, such as a person’s educational background…

Editor’s Comment: Racist treatment

THE pandemic has revealed the full extent of the contribution of healthcare workers in the UK. However, an Eastern Eye report this week has uncovered horrific incidents of racial discrimination towards BAME medical staff. Several NHS staff admitted they had faced recent incidents of racist behaviour from patients or parents,…

BAPS Charities join relief efforts during Covid second wave in…

A leading charity has joined efforts in combating the Covid-19 pandemic and alleviating the suffering in India during the second wave. BAPS Charities, through its global network and partner hospitals, has so far supported the treatment of over 3,800 victims to full recovery from Covid-19 in the country, a statement…

India reports 259,551 new coronavirus infections; total deaths near 300,000

INDIA reported on Friday (21) 259,551 new coronavirus infections over the last 24 hours, while deaths rose by 4,209. The South Asian nation's infection tally stands at 26.03 million, with a death toll of 291,331, health ministry data showed. New Covid-19 cases remained below 300,000-mark for the fifth consecutive day…

India losing 20 doctors per day to Covid-19 in second…

ABOUT 270 medical professionals have died in India since the deadly second wave of pandemic hit the country, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said on Tuesday (18). On average, 20 doctors are dying due to Covid-19 in the second wave in the country. The data released by the IMA, India’s…

India’s Covid-19 deaths cross quarter million as virus hits countryside

INDIA'S coronavirus deaths crossed a quarter million on Wednesday (12) in the deadliest 24 hours since the outbreak of the pandemic, as the contagion rampaged through the countryside, overwhelming a fragile rural healthcare system. Boosted by highly infectious variants, the second wave erupted in February to inundate hospitals and medical…

Ethnic minorities elected to Scottish Parliament

The 2021 Scottish Parliament election has witnessed the victory of some ethnic minorities, elected as the Member of Scottish Parliament. Read about them below: FOYSOL CHOUDHURY: First Bangladeshi origin to mark presence in Scottish Parliament Scottish Labour’s Foysol Choudhury becomes the first ethnic minority MSP in the Lothians. He is a…

UK’s top charities and trusts launch Coronavirus Appeals for India

By Swati Rana INDIA'S rising Covid infection rates and deaths have prompted relief efforts from countries worldwide as well as community and charitable organisations. On Thursday (5), India reported 412,431 new cases and 3,980 deaths. There are several reports of shortage of oxygen and availability of beds in hospitals. Some…

India braces for more Covid deaths

By Rithika Siddhartha INDIA’S coronavirus caseload topped 20 million on Tuesday (4) with some cities expected to reach the peak of the second wave in the next few days. More than 350,000 new cases were reported in India on Tuesday, a fall from the high of 402,000 last week as…

India expands faltering vaccine drive as new cases soar

India's devastating Covid-19 surge further accelerated on Saturday with more than 400,000 new cases in 24 hours, as vaccinations opened to all adults despite shortages of shots. The hard-hit capital New Delhi meanwhile extended its shutdown for another week while top US pandemic advisor Anthony Fauci said that India should…

US aid arrives in India as Covid cases surge

The first US emergency aid to India arrived on Friday as several states said they would be unable to begin vaccinating all over-18s from this weekend as planned. The supplies arrived as India recorded another 385,000 new cases in the past 24 hours -- a new global record -- and…

India posts Covid daily record, deaths climb again

INDIA on Friday (30) posted another global record for daily coronavirus infections, pushing worldwide cases past 150 million as a pandemic that has killed almost 3.2 million worldwide continues to wreak devastation. India recorded another 385,000 cases in the past 24 hours -- a new global record -- and almost…

Kareena Kapoor Khan on Covid-19 situation in India: Spare a…

By Murtuza Iqbal The second wave Covid-19 has affected India a lot. The cases are rising rapidly and there’s a shortage of medical facilities in the country. Celebrities are doing their best to help everyone, and recently, Kareena Kapoor Khan posted a note on Instagram about the situation in the…

URGENT APPEAL: Help Save Lives in India

THE British Asian Trust (BAT) and the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Santha (BAPS) are just two organisations among several that are raising funds to help Covid-stricken patients in the subcontinent. Chief executive of BAT, Richard Hawkes, said its “Oxygen for India Emergency Appeal” will raise funds for oxygen concentrators,…

Germany preparing ‘urgent support’ for Covid-hit India: Merkel

German chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday her government was preparing emergency aid for India as the country struggles to cope with an explosion in coronavirus infections. "To the people of India I want to express my sympathy on the terrible suffering that Covid-19 has again brought over your communities,"…

Sachin Tendulkar leaves hospital after being treated for COVID-19

India batting great Sachin Tendulkar said on Thursday that he has been released from hospital a week after he was admitted when he contracted COVID-19, but he will remain in isolation at home. Tendulkar, who turns 48 later this month, was previously quarantining at home after testing positive following mild…

UK government to digitise ‘Red Book’ by 2023

UK government is taking actions to improve health outcomes for babies and children by digitising the Personal Child Health Records, known as the ‘Red Book’ by 2023. A review published on Thursday (25), led by the government adviser Andrea Leadsom - sets out vision for best practice across the health…

England paceman Archer to miss 2nd India Test with elbow…

England paceman Jofra Archer will miss the second Test against India in Chennai with an elbow injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Thursday. Archer had an injection in his elbow after experiencing discomfort during the tourists' 227-run win in the first Test at the same venue. The…

Suriya returns home after Covid-19 diagnosis

By: Mohnish Singh Kollywood star Suriya, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week, has returned home days after his diagnosis. His brother Karthi, who is also a popular actor in Tamil cinema, took to Twitter to share the news. Karthi wrote, “Anna is back home and all safe!…

India to fly in medical staff, ramp up testing amid…

India will fly doctors in from other regions, double the quantity of tests carried out and ensure people wear masks in efforts to contain the coronavirus spread in the capital New Delhi, home minister Amit Shah said on Sunday. "Amit Shah also directed that the hospital capacity and availability of…

Sanjay Dutt recovers from cancer, says ‘my heart is filled…

Murtuza Iqbal In August this year, Sanjay Dutt had announced on social media that due to some health issues he is taking a break from work. Soon, it was revealed that the actor has been diagnosed with lung cancer. Now, after two months, Dutt has won the battle against the…

Women, Asian medics vulnerable to badly fitting masks: report

WOMEN healthcare workers and medical staff with Asian heritage are less likely to be using face masks that fit them properly making them more vulnerable to infection, according to a new report that called for more robust equipment testing. The report published on Tuesday (15) in the journal Anaesthesia looked…

Birmingham study says cleaners, BAME workers face higher virus risk…

HOSPITAL cleaners and other healthcare workers in departments deemed lower risk were more than twice likely to have been infected with Covid-19 than intensive care medics, according to a study of several British hospitals at the peak of the pandemic. The research also noted that that people of black, Asian…

Rural health crisis in India as the country may become…

INDIA’s government grapples with the Covid-19 outbreak that threatens to become the world’s most severe, reports The Times. India is the third-worst-hit country for Covid-19 cases, and catching up quickly with the US and Brazil in first and second place. Over 50,000 Indians have died since the outbreak began —…

Eight Covid-19 patients die in ICU fire at private hospital…

EIGHT Covid-19 patients died in a fire that broke out in the intensive care ward of a private hospital in India's western city of Ahmedabad early on Thursday (, officials said as they launched a probe into the incident. Police stopped angry relatives from entering the Shrey Hospital in Gujarat state's…

Aishwarya ‘forever indebted’ to fans for praying for family’s recovery…

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on Wednesday thanked her fans for their prayers following the actor and her family's coronavirus diagnosis. Aishwarya and her daughter Aaradhya were discharged from Nanavati Hospital on Monday. Aishwarya's husband Abhishek and father-in-law Amitabh, who were admitted to the hospital on July 11 after testing positive for…

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan slams ‘virus death’ trolls

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has threatened to unleash his legion of fans on online trolls wishing him death from the coronavirus, after earlier speaking out about the stigma suffered by patients. Bachchan and his actor son Abhishek have been in a Mumbai hospital for over two weeks with COVID-19, while…

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Aaradhya Bachchan test negative for COVID-19

A few days ago, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Aaradhya Bachchan were tested positive for COVID-19. Initially, Big B and Abhishek were admitted to hospital, and while Aishwarya and Aaradhya were home quarantined, later they were also admitted to the hospital. However, now, Aishwarya and Aaradhya have…

UK charities launch appeal to help fragile states fight coronavirus

BRITISH charities launched an appeal on Tuesday (14) to help protect millions of people at heightened risk of coronavirus in the world's most fragile states, and provide protective equipment for frontline health workers. Aid agencies warned that Covid-19 could cause a humanitarian disaster as it hits refugee and displacement camps…

Ilford grandfather celebrates ‘second life’ after three-month battle with Covid-19

AN Ilford-based grandfather-of-four is rejoicing in “second life”, after spending three gruelling months under treatment for Covid-19 at the King George Hospital. Rohit Patel, 61, had left halfway through his early morning shift at an Asda supermarket as he fell ill on March 23, the day when the lockdown was…

‘The NHS owes a debt of gratitude to its Asian…

  By Nadeem Badshah THE NHS marks its 72nd birthday on Sunday (5), a welcome celebration after the most challenging year it has endured in its history due to the coronavirus crisis. For the estimated 118,000 doctors, nurses and staff from south Asia working on the frontline in the battle…

BAME campaigners seek ‘Race Equality Strategy’ to tackle ‘deep-seated inequalities’

A group of social campaigners, academics and religious leaders have urged the government to formulate a “Race Equality Strategy” in the light of the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on BAME communities. Studies have been indicating that Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people are more vulnerable to Covid-19 complications, and…

Exclusive: ‘NHS failing BAME frontline staff,’ say medical experts

By Barnie Choudhury and Rithika Siddhartha DOCTORS’ leaders have urged NHS managers to carry out “proper risk assessments” for frontline black, Asian and ethnic minority staff who are treating Covid-19 patients. Their recommendation comes as new analysis by the Guardian newspaper on Monday (25) showed that among healthcare workers who…

Birmingham MP urges government to address PPE concerns of Sikh…

Birmingham Edgbaston MP Preet Kaur Gill has written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, raising concerns of Sikh frontline workers who say that the masks they have been supplied with do not pass "fit tests". Gill noted that many Sikhs working in primary care settings, such as doctors and dentists, in…

UK doctor couple seek judicial review over ‘risky’ PPE guidance

A BRITISH-INDIAN doctor couple are seeking judicial review proceedings against the UK government over “risky” guidance issued on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the NHS. Dr Nishant Joshi and his pregnant wife, Dr Meenal Viz, had launched legal action last month, after writing for explanations from the…

‘BAME mothers more at risk from Covid-19’

by LAUREN CODLING THE majority of pregnant women admitted to hospital with coronavirus are from a black, Asian and ethnic minority background, a new study has shown. According to the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS), 55 per cent of pregnant women admitted to hospital with coronavirus over March and April…

Pakistan to play England in July in bio-secure environment

Pakistan are all set to tour England in July to play three Tests and three T20 internationals in a bio-secure environment with the PCB giving its approval to their English counterparts during a video link meeting. Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive, Wasim Khan told a news channel that the PCB…

Racism ‘played a role’ in BAME virus deaths: Lord Victor…

By Shailesh Solanki THE disproportionate number of people from Asian and black communities who have died from coronavirus is a “tragic episode of systemic failure”, a senior NHS leader has said. In an exclusive interview with Eastern Eye, Lord Victor Adebow­ale claimed racism “clearly played a role” in the rising…

British Sikh doctors campaign against forced beard shaving

British Sikh doctors are campaigning for a better procurement strategy by the National Health Service (NHS) for personal protective equipment required on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic in hospitals after a number of them were forced away from key roles due to their beards. The Sikh Doctors Association had…

“They treated him like their own”: Neetu Singh thanks medical…

Neetu Kapoor on Monday expressed her gratitude to the medical staff for taking care of her husband, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, during his battle with leukemia. Rishi Kapoor died at the age of 67 on April 30 at HN Reliance hospital in south Mumbai, after a two year long battle…

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor passes away

Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2018, is no more with us. The 67-year-old actor passed away today. He was admitted to H.N. Reliance Hospital in Mumbai after some breathing difficulties. A message from Rishi Kapoor’s family read, “Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at…

Pakistani doctors launch hunger strike over virus protection fears

Dozens of Pakistani doctors and nurses have launched a hunger strike demanding adequate protective equipment for frontline staff treating coronavirus patients, the lead organiser of the protest said Saturday. Health workers have complained for weeks that the country's hospitals are suffering chronic shortages of safety gear, prompting the arrest of…

UK’s first Sikh A&E consultant dies of coronavirus

A SIKH doctor who died after contracting coronavirus was described as a "hugely respected" father of the emergency team at the Royal Derby Hospital in East Midlands. Manjeet Singh Riyat, 52, from the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, was the first Accident and Emergency (A&E) consultant from the Sikh…

Dishoom packs a punch in feeding medical staff

by AMIT ROY IF THIS is a war going on against a deadly, unseen enemy, Shamil Thakrar, founder of the Dishoom group of Indian restaurants, has decided the least he can do to make sure NHS workers on the frontline are supplied with essential ammunition. Chicken biryani, to be precise.…

Some of UK’s moves were ‘too slow’, says Keir Starmer…

Keir Starmer has urged the government to set out how it plans to end the coronavirus lockdown, both to give people hope and avoid "mistakes" of the past. The Labour leader said his party would support the government's expected decision on Thursday to renew a stay-at-home order imposed three weeks…

Shah Rukh Khan to be part of global event honouring…

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will join artistes from around the world for a virtual event to support healthcare workers who are battling it out against the coronavirus pandemic. The actor took to Twitter on Tuesday (14) to announce his participation in the One World: Together At Home, a virtual…

Pakistan ‘sleep walking’ into virus disaster, says opposition leader

Pakistan risks "sleep walking" into a coronavirus catastrophe where death tolls reach levels seen in the West and perilously under-resourced hospitals are pushed to the brink, an opposition leader said on Monday (13). Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Pakistan's first female leader Benazir Bhutto, said the country's response to…

Croydon hospital cheers Covid-19 survivor who fought infection for nearly…

IN a sign of hope and positivity in these bleak days, a south London hospital celebrated the recovery of its first Covid-19 patient to be discharged from intensive care. A video posted by the Croydon University Hospital on social media shows local resident Jothy Kesavan, 51, who was hospitalised for…

Shah Rukh Khan provides 25,000 PPE kits to Maharashtra

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Monday (13) provided 25,000 PPE kits to the frontline medical staff in Maharashtra fighting to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic in the state. Rajesh Tope, minister of public health and family welfare of Maharashtra, said the actor's contribution will help the healthcare workers immensely.…

Johnson owes his ‘life’ to medics as UK deaths set…

Virus-stricken prime minister Boris Johnson admitted on Sunday (12) he owed his medical team his "life" as Britain braced to pass the grim milestone of 10,000 hospital deaths from COVID-19 The country is now seeing death tolls to match Europe's hardest-hit nations Italy and Spain after recording nearly 1,000 daily…

Labour Party joins calls for probe into higher ethnic minority…

The Labour Party on Saturday (11) joined calls alongside doctors doctors for a probe into the disproportionate number of black and minority ethnic (BAME) medics dying from the novel coronavirus in the country. The move comes as UK health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that 19 NHS workers have died with…

Boris Johnson walking in hospital as UK sees record death…

Prime minister Boris Johnson was able to walk in hospital on Friday some 24 hours after leaving intensive care treatment for COVID-19, as Britain recorded nearly 1,000 daily deaths from the virus for the first time. "The prime minister has been able to do short walks, between periods of rest,…

Boris Johnson stable as lockdown extension looms

British prime minister Boris Johnson on Thursday (9) began a fourth day in intensive care "improving" in his battle with coronavirus, as his government prepared to extend a nationwide lockdown introduced last month. Johnson is the most high-profile world leader to become infected with COVID-19 and his transfer to intensive…

‘Will never take anything for granted again’, says Covid-19 survivor,…

"I almost died," recalls Ria Lakhani, still struggling to breath normally, days after surviving a severe case of coronavirus that has killed over 7,000 people in the UK. "It (breathing) used to be such a natural action but now I have to remember how to inhale and exhale," she told…

India’s financial hub Mumbai set to extend coronavirus lockdown

India's financial hub Mumbai is set to extend lockdown measures until at least April 30 as authorities race to expand testing to stem the spread of coronavirus in the city, three senior officials said. A 21-day nationwide lockdown that prime minister Narendra Modi declared in late March to fight the…

Varun Dhawan to provide free meals to the poor, doctors…

A few days ago, Varun Dhawan had donated Rs 30 lakh to PM-CARES Fund and Rs 25 lakh to Maharashtra CM’s relief fund. And now, Varun has pledged to provide free meals to poor, doctors and medical staff. Varun took to Instagram to share a note about the same. He…

Tips for Using Your Time Wisely Whilst Staying at Home

Staying at home can be frustrating sometimes but it can be an opportunity to expand your skills and enjoy learning a new hobby. If you are used to going out regularly and seeing people, staying at home can feel quite lonely, so filling that time wisely will help you to cope with the…

Mumbai hospital shut after surge in cases among staff

A major private hospital in Mumbai was shut to new patients and declared a coronavirus containment zone on Monday (6) after 26 nurses and three doctors tested positive, an official said. Since the virus hit India -- which has been under lockdown since March 25 with 111 deaths so far…

New guidance on PPE a ‘victory’ for NHS staff, says…

Dr Nishant Joshi, 31, terms the government's updated guidance to make personal protective equipment essential for NHS staff a "victory", after a "battle" to ensure proper protection for frontline workers. Joshi had used social media channels over the past few weeks to speak out against the shortage of PPE for…

What doctors are learning about COVID-19 ‘on the fly’

Doctor Daniel Brenner has had a busy week in the emergency department of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, seeing dozens of presumed COVID-19 patients. As Maryland and other parts of the United States brace for the kind of surges seen in New York and Louisiana, AFP spoke to the…

UK government promises more virus tests as death toll jumps…

Britain on Wednesday recorded its biggest day-on-day increase in coronavirus deaths, as the government came under renewed pressure for its failure to mass test frontline medical staff, let alone the wider community. A total of 2,352 people with COVID-19 have now died, up 563 on the previous day, out of…

Uber offers free trips, meals to NHS staff

UBER on Monday (30) said it will offer 200,000 complimentary trips and 100,000 meals to NHS staff to support them while they work with patients who have been infected by Covid-19. The free trips are valid to those up to a value of £15 each while Uber Eats will offer…

MG Motor India donates Rs 20 million to fight COVID-19

MG MOTOR INDIA on Wednesday (25) announced a donation of Rs. 20 million for the government hospitals and health institutions providing medical assistance in Gurugram and Halol (Vadodara), where the carmaker’s facilities are located. The company said that this is to ensure the health and well-being of the medical staff…

Maharashtra imposes curfew as coronavirus battle reaches ‘turning point’

The Maharashtra government has decided to impose curfew in the entire state from Monday (23) midnight, as the fight against coronavirus reached a "turning point". The state registered a spike of 23 cases in 24 hours, taking the tally to 97, with four deaths. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the…

Indian NHS doctors call for urgent measures to ease pressure

INDIAN doctors in the UK on Thursday (19) called for urgent measures to address the mounting coronavirus pressure on the NHS, including cancellation of all non-urgent surgeries. The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) wrote to England’s Chief Medical Officer Prof. Chris Whitty, saying Indian doctors stood “shoulder…

India’s Rohit Sharma calls for proactive fight against coronavirus

INDIAN cricketer Rohit Sharma on Monday (16) said it has been tough to watch the world coming to a standstill because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He advised people to proactively fight the crisis by reporting to doctors when they experience any symptoms. The 32-year-old batsman posted a video message on his official…

South African Indians concerned about relatives in Wuhan

SEVERAL South African Indian-origin teachers who sought lucrative opportunities in Wuhan in China are now too scared to leave their homes amid the coronavirus epidemic. Family members who have been in contact with some of the teachers shared the concerns that they have, but almost all declined to be named…

India evacuates 324 Indians from Wuhan

A SPECIAL Air India plane landed here on Saturday (1) morning after evacuating 324 Indian nationals from the novel coronavirus-hit Wuhan and another flight of the airline would leave the national capital for the Chinese city in the afternoon, officials said. The first plane Air India's jumbo B747 aircraft carrying…

India to airlift citizens from virus-hit Wuhan

India has started its mission to rescue citizens from the Coronavirus-hit Wuhan in China. The first flight, AI 1348 of Air India took off from Mumbai with a small halt in New Delhi.  The flight is expected to ‘airlift’ about 315 Indians from Wuhan and neighbouring areas. A second aircraft…

‘Too few Asians in top NHS leadership roles’

  By Nadeem Badshah URGENT action is needed to address the lack of Asians in top management jobs in the NHS, according to leading health campaigners. New figures show that people of south Asian origin made up nearly 30 per cent of medical staff in the NHS in 2019, accounting…

US, UK warn on travel to NE India after clashes

Washington and London issued travel warnings for northeast India as opponents of a new citizenship law geared up for more protests Saturday, following days of clashes that saw two people killed and dozens injured. Many in the far-flung, resource-rich region fear the new legislation will grant citizenship to large numbers…

‘Overlooked masters’ go on show

AN EXHIBITION on the works of Indian painters commissioned by officials of the East India Company will open at London’s Wallace Collection on Wednesday (4). Curated by author William Dalrymple, the exhibition, titled Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company, will explore the works of “overlooked” masters such…

Man convicted of murdering ex-wife with crossbow

A MAN who killed his pregnant ex-wife by firing a crossbow at her has been convicted of murder. Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 51, was found guilty by a jury of the murder after a trial at the Old Bailey. He will be sentenced at the same court next Friday (29). The jury…

‘Cyclone-damaged Beira hospital must be rebuilt’

by LAUREN CODLING MEDICAL staff have described how Mozambique’s main hospital – a lifeline for many – was wrecked and their efforts to fund repairs after a devastating cyclone five months ago hit parts of southern Africa. In March, Cyclone Idai struck areas in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. It is…

England v Afghanistan: Morgan sets new sixes record as hosts…

ENGLAND captain Eoin Morgan set a new world record of 17 sixes in an individual one-day international innings as the World Cup hosts thrashed Afghanistan by 150 runs today (18). Victory at Old Trafford saw favourites England go ahead of holders Australia to sit top of the World Cup group…

Experts hit out at ‘rampant bias’ in NHS as number…

by LAUREN CODLING MEDICAL professionals have slammed the “rampant discrimination” within the NHS as a new report showed that BAME representation at senior levels is declining. Findings released last week by the NHS Confederation showed the number of ethnic minority chairs and non-executive directors of NHS trusts in England has…

UK warned against brain drain as NHS ‘recruits more Indian…

by LAUREN CODLING THE UK has been urged “not to prejudice” the healthcare systems of developing countries, including India, by hiring doctors and nurses from those countries to tackle an understaffed NHS. Senior medical professionals have also said the government must acknowledge the benefits of immigration to the country’s health…

‘BAME young carers most likely to be isolated from support…

BY LAUREN CODLING AN Asian teenager has spoken of the demands on her time as a young carer and student, as a new report showed that carers from an ethnic background are more likely to be isolated from support services and are often relied upon to translate between family members…

Andy Street: Foreign workers ‘are important to the West Midlands…

by ANDY STREET Mayor of the West Midlands THE Migration Advisory Council (MAC) is reviewing the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), and will be publishing the new list this spring. I want the West Midlands to be the best place to do business and know the immigration white paper and SOL…

Indian sensation Prithvi Shaw ruled out of first Test

India suffered a big blow Friday with young batting phenomenon Prithvi Shaw ruled out of the opening Test against Australia after injuring his ankle trying to take a catch. The 19-year-old, who scored a sparkling debut century against the West Indies in October, landed awkwardly near the Sydney Cricket Ground boundary…

Two men get 40 years in jail for murdering Indian-origin…

Two men convicted of the fatal stabbing of an Indian-origin man earlier this year have been sentenced to a total of 40 years in jail by a London court. Balbir Johal, 48, was attacked in the Southall suburb of west London in March and rushed to hospital with stab wounds…

India rout Pakistan by eight wickets in Asia Cup

India crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in their long-awaited Asia Cup match which failed to live up to its hype in Dubai on Wednesday. Pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-15) and part time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav (3-23) sent Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, collapsing to just 162 all out in…

NHS ‘must value overseas medical staff’

A SENIOR Indian-origin doctor called on the UK government to value overseas medical profes­sionals from countries like India, saying without them the state-funded National Health Service (NHS) would not survive. Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of the British Medi­cal Council (BMA), addressed medics from around the UK at the council’s annual…

YouGov survey reveals UK public backs more visas for Indian…

British citizens back a more liberal visa regime for overseas doctors and medical staff from countries like India to meet NHS shortages, according to a new survey released today (30). The poll by YouGov on behalf of the UK campaign group '38 Degrees' found that only 14 per cent of…

Indian doctors being denied visas despite UK crisis

Hundreds of Indian doctors are being denied visas to come and work in the National Health Service (NHS) despite an ongoing medical staffing crisis in Britain, health sector experts have said. The Home Office has a cap on the number of visas issued to skilled workers, including doctors, applying to…

Priti Patel says London “stands together” after terror attack

MP Priti Patel today condemned the horrific terror attack at the heart of London and said the country "stands together" to show that it will not be defeated by terrorism. Patel, the secretary of state for international development, paid tributes to the police officer stabbed to death by the lone attacker…

Mum murdered at home could be ‘honour killing’ D

women arrested over luton death A 26-yeAr-old woman was arrested on Tuesday (31) on suspicion of the murder of Saima Khan, a mother-of-four who was found dead in her luton home last week (23). The suspect was picked up before 9am when officers made the arrest. The woman is currently…

Armed assailant shot outside parliament, dozen or more bystanders injured

An assailant was shot outside the British parliament by armed police, the leader of the House of Commons said today (22) after loud bangs were heard and photographers saw at least a dozen injured people on a nearby bridge. A parliamentary official earlier said two people had been shot outside parliament…

Suicide attack stuns Pakistan

Pakistan’s prime minister Nawaz Sharif is facing pressure to do more to protect lawyers after a horrific suicide bombing on Monday (August 8) at a Quetta hospital killed 72 people, many among them lawyers. An explosion tore through a crowd of some 200 lawyers who had gathered at the Civil…