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Dr Ranj Singh urges older people to get jabs as…

British doctor and television presenter Dr Ranj Singh has urged all older people in UK to get their Covid booster jabs and flu vaccinations ahead of winter. He joined charity Age UK and warned that there will be a 'particularly nasty flu strain' in circulation this winter. British health officials…

NHS nurses not eating to feed and clothe their children,…

Nurses are skipping meals to feed and clothe their children, and staff are finding it hard to make the journey to work due to rising living costs, a new survey (weblink) reveals. Every trust that responded reported concerns about the mental, physical, and financial wellbeing of staff as a result…

Labour Party reaches out to Indian diaspora

The Labour Convention of Indian Organisations (LCIO) is aiming to close the gap between British Indians and the Labour Party by boosting the Indian diaspora connection. The party announced that it will bridge the gap between the Labour Party and British Indians and India by fostering inclusive sustainable growth for…

Half of adults in England and Wales receive ‘phishing’ messages,…

New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that half of adults in England and Wales received a 'phishing' message for the year ending March 2022. According to results from the Telephone-operated Crime Survey of England and Wales (TCSEW), those aged 25 to 44 years are most likely…

How to cope with baby loss trauma

THOSE impacted by the devastating loss of a baby often have nowhere to turn when dealing with the trauma and complex challenges. This silent pain is perhaps more amplified within the south Asian community. One of those affected was Amneet Kaur Graham, when she fell pregnant with daughter Willow and…

British health officials warn of difficult winter with flu and…

British health officials on Wednesday warned that increased circulation of flu and a resurgence in COVID-19 could lead to a difficult winter that increases pressure on the already stretched National Health Service (NHS). Warnings over a possible "twindemic" of COVID-19 and flu have been issued each winter since the start…

Report: Looming pharmacy collapse is a national emergency

A new report has warned that thousands of community pharmacies are facing closures due to the sector’s financial position. The report by Professor David Taylor of University College London coincides with the release of opinion poll which showed that pharmacy closures would lead to unnecessary GP appointments and a deteriorating…

Shocking! More than million prescriptions for anti-depressants handed to teenagers…

According to a recent Unicef survey, the UK was ranked in the bottom third of wealthy nations when it came to assessing the quality of children’s mental health. Now, shock figures obtained by The Sun have revealed that last year, more than a million anti-depressants were prescribed to teenagers. It…

600 patients recalled to hospital after faulty surgery by Walsall…

A shoulder surgeon has put hundreds of patients at risk at an NHS Trust in West Midlands due to faulty operations over a decade, media reports said. More than 600 complaints were received against Mian Munawar Shah who has been practicing at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. Following a series of…

Woman partially blinded with eye infection from dirty makeup bag

Laura Hawkins, 24, a personal trainer who was travelling in Australia, woke one morning in “excruciating pain” and partially blinded after she got a bacterial eye infection from her dirty makeup bag. She is now warning others of the risks involved in wearing contaminated contact lenses. Her contact lenses had…

Doctor shares best way to swallow pills without gagging

Many people have difficulty swallowing tablets, and this can turn out to be a painful ordeal if medication needs to be taken on a daily basis. We are accustomed to chewing food before swallowing it, however, tablets and capsules require us to disregard the normal chew and swallow reflex which…

What is freshers flu? Here’s all you need to know…

Many students across the UK have started their first term of university this week, and you are more likely to get ‘freshers flu’ as the name suggests, in your first few weeks of studying at university. University students are bound to contract ‘freshers flu’ as their lives are filled with…

Waist-to-hip-ratio better predictor of overall health than BMI, says Experts;…

BMI or body mass index is still recognized by Government and NHS doctors as a method to calculate whether an individual is a healthy weight. However, experts have now shunned this health calculating system and have called for it to be replaced with a more accurate measure, The Sun informs.…

Unsafe prescription-only drugs being advertised to teens as weight-loss solutions…

After an investigation conducted by the Pharmaceutical Journal discovered that TikTok users were being offered prescription drugs as diet pills, the social media platform has removed postings promoting drugs to treat migraine and epilepsy to under-18s as weight loss aids. The probe revealed that dangerous prescription-only drugs are being marketed…

Equal rights ‘had not gone far enough’ for black and…

Nearly half (45 per cent) of the respondents to a survey has said that equal rights 'had not gone far enough' for black and Asian people in UK. Two decades ago, the proportion was 25 per cent. The latest annual poll of British social attitudes has also revealed that the…

Eight out of ten Britons will be overweight or obese…

The UK is in the grip of an “obesity emergency” that threatens to bankrupt the NHS and cut lives short, a report warns. According to experts, more than eight in ten Britons will be overweight or obese by 2060 – costing the economy £142 billion a year, the Daily Mail…

Denied dental care, UK adults turning to DIY dentistry –…

According to a new survey of 2,234 UK adults, almost a quarter of people have been unable to access care from an NHS dentist in the last year, resulting in many turning to “DIY dentistry” the Independent reports. The poll suggests that just over a third (36%) said they got…

Why you should eat fewer carbs

Diabetes UK estimates that one in three adults in the UK have pre-diabetes, meaning their blood glucose levels are above normal but below the threshold for a diabetes diagnosis. Around 90% of those with diabetes have type 2 diabetes which is usually caused by obesity. Type 2 diabetes is a…

Daily multivitamin supplement may protect against dementia – Study

There are about 900,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is expected to increase to 1.6 million by 2040. According to a new study, taking a daily multivitamin tablet helps to keep those over the age of 65 mentally alert, and may also protect against dementia, which…

The King’s duty to protect diversity depends on our finding…

IF this was the end of an era - the Elizabethan age - what an ending it was. The scale of global attention for the Queen’s funeral renewed the sense that nobody does tradition quite like the British. It was broadcast magnificently too. Sweeping shots of Westminster Abbey combined with…

Contraceptive jab could make vasectomies a thing of the past…

Sterilisations of men and women in NHS hospitals have reportedly dropped, in 2010-11 there were 19,510 vasectomies carried out in NHS hospitals. However, by 2020-21 this number supposedly fell to 4,486 – amounting to a 77% fall. However, vasectomies or ‘the snip’ could soon become a thing of the past…

A big breakfast could help you lose weight – Study

Researchers suggest that the key to controlling your appetite could be a big breakfast. They have discovered that eating a smaller dinner and a big breakfast could help you lose weight by making you feel less hungry. A study from the University of Aberdeen found that people burned the same…

Have sex four times a week to get rid of…

A tenth of Britons and Americans suffer kidney stones, with 30 to 60-year-olds most reported to be the most vulnerable. Having stones in the kidney can be an extremely painful experience and if they get too big, surgery is usually needed to remove them. Drinking plenty of water is known…

One of UK’s most popular drinks increases the risk of…

Some common risk factors for cancer include smoking too much, sun exposure and poor diet. But there's also one common cause of cancer that is often forgotten about, and that's the consumption of alcohol. According to a new study from the University of Reading, all types of alcohol can significantly…

Coping with body changes after 40

Periods. That dirty word. The word that makes most men extremely uncomfortable and women sigh at the thought of the monthly menstrual cycle. On a monthly basis, women go through erratic moods, painful boobs, cramps that make you just want to physically rip out your abdomen, and for what, to…

Thousands of hospital appointments postponed due to Queen’s funeral

A bank holiday on the day of the Queen’s funeral has prompted the postponement of thousands of “non-urgent” surgeries and clinic appointments, media reports said on Tuesday. “The day of the State Funeral will be treated as a bank holiday so please go ahead and start rescheduling patients,” openDemocracy quoted…

Monarchy can be more relevant than ever in a changing…

The Britain that mourns the end of the longest reign in history is a different country from the one in which a 26-year-old Elizabeth was crowned. So the Queen was mourned this week with condolences in churches and synagogues, temples, mosques and gurdwaras, reflecting how a 99 per cent white…

11 Cancer symptoms you shouldn’t ignore – according to the…

Finding cancer early means it's easier to treat. So, it's important to be aware of any new or worrying symptoms. Speak to a GP if you notice these 11 signs and symptoms, advises the NHS. According to the healthcare provider, it's particularly important to look out for cancer symptoms if…

Waking up tired after a good night’s sleep? You may…

Waking up tired in the morning after a good night’s sleep could be a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency, according to new research. The water-soluble vitamin, sourced from animal-derived foods or supplements, fights fatigue in addition to helping produce blood cells and supporting the nervous system. Low levels of the…

EXCLUSIVE: Embrace south Asian communities prime minister

SENIOR TORIES have urged the new prime minister, Liz Truss, to continue “engaging, consulting, and listening to” south Asian communities. They have told Eastern Eye that they are concerned the new PM will undo the progress made by her predecessors. “The problem with Liz is that she doesn’t listen,” said…

New law to make it easier for overseas nurses and…

The UK will soon introduce a new legislation to make it easier for overseas nurses and dentists to work in the country, The Guardian reported. The move is to increase overseas recruitment to tackle the NHS staffing crisis. According to health secretary Steve Barclay, the new rules will make it…

NHS whistleblower Shyam Kumar stands ‘vindicated’ after winning case against…

An orthopaedic surgeon has been awarded compensation over his unfair dismissal from England’s health and adult social care regulator. Shyam Kumar had raised patient safety concerns during his part-time job in the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as a special adviser on hospital inspections. The Manchester Employment Tribunal ruled his disengagement…

IVF babies born from frozen embryos linked to increase risk…

A new study of more than eight million children suggests that children born from in vitro fertilization (IVF) that uses frozen eggs may be at a higher risk of developing cancer than those children born through other means. The findings were published in the open access journal, PLOS Medicine. Prior…

Nurse accuses airport parking company of taking her BMW on…

An NHS nurse has alleged that a Gatwick parking company took her BMW on a huge road trip while she was abroad, according to a media report. Kajal Bhagwandas, 30, has said that when she returned from a week-long family holiday in Mexico the car had 600 extra miles on…

EXCLUSIVE: Rishi Sunak says Britain ready for an Asian prime…

BRITAIN is ready for an Asian prime minister, Rishi Sunak has said, as the prime ministerial hopeful revealed he was “stung” by racism as a child, but now believes Conservative voters will judge him on his policies, rather than his ethnicity, in the leadership race. In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview…

Brits clueless about their blood type, BMI and other vital…

Media reports inform that commissioned research, by Pall Mall Medical Hospital in the UK into 2,000 adults has revealed that Britons are disturbingly clueless when it comes to key metrics for taking care of their health – with just 23% knowing what their resting heart rate should be. Less than…

Rishi Sunak pledges to work ‘night and day’ as UK…

Rishi Sunak pledged to work "night and day" for the “best country in the world” as the election campaign to take over from Boris Johnson as the Conservative Party leader and the new British Prime Minister entered its final stage on Wednesday, with the very last hustings event set for…

NHS Trust prompts outrage for using term ‘birthing people’ instead…

A woke NHS Foundation Trust sparks rage for saying “birthing people” instead of “mothers” or “women” in a Twitter post that said it was seeking “birthing people” to provide feedback on its perinatal services. Perinatal care is a broad term that refers to the treatment that is received while a…

New action plan to ‘unblock’ political culture clash on race…

New agenda for action on race inequality in employment, education, health, civil service and online New proposals for action on racial inequality across Britain’s institutions – from employment, schools and justice to the NHS, civil service and online ­– are set out today in a new collection from thought leaders…

What is TikTok’s chia seed and lemon ‘internal shower’ drink…

You’ve probably heard about the chia seed-lemon juice “internal shower” DIY health drink that’s going viral on TikTok. A combination of three ingredients – water, chia seeds, and lemon juice, the drink is being hailed as a digestion booster, constipation and bloating buster, and even a cure for hangovers. Daryl…

Health warning! Hand dryers in public toilets spew dangerous bacteria

One of the basic hygiene practices we all follow is to wash our hands after using the toilet. But did you know that using the hand dryer after washing your hands may undo all your efforts? A recent video showing a shocking amount, of bacteria hiding inside hand dryers, suggests…

Wales’ youngsters among the least fit in the world, get…

According to new research, children in Wales are among the least fit, compared with children around the world. With colleagues from 60 countries, Wales' youngsters were given an F by researchers, for fitness, the BBC reports. This is the fourth Active Healthy Kids Wales report card and the conclusions were…

Every extra inch on your waistline increases the risk of…

Excess fat stored around the abdomen is associated with a higher risk of early death from any cause, regardless of overall body fat, the British Medical Journal informs. Now, a huge study conducted by the Oxford University of Britons has shown that waistline inches and not things like body mass…

NHS seeks to hire diversity managers despite government order to…

The NHS is looking to hire diversity managers with well-paid salaries despite the government telling health service bosses to reduce woke positions. A dozen equality, diversity and inclusion roles have been advertised by the NHS, with the annual pay for some of the posts exceeding £60,000. The jobs could together…

Boy, 5, suffers headaches triggered by laughter

After suffering from painful headaches for a year, a five-year-old boy has been diagnosed with a strange condition that gives him headaches whenever he laughs or giggles, the Mirror reports. The youngster, who is from the west of Ireland, was reportedly taken to Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar, County Mayo…

Scientists were given too much power during pandemic: Rishi Sunak

Conservative leadership aspirant Rishi Sunak has slammed the “wrong” policies of the government during its pandemic response, including too much authority given to scientists.The former chancellor, a known critic of economically painful lockdowns, claimed he had been in favour of keeping schools open but his “emotional” argument was met with…

What is the West Nile virus, and should you be…

The West Nile virus (WNV) is a relative of the Zika and yellow fever viruses. It reportedly causes symptoms that are similar to the flu and is spread by infected mosquitos, reports the Mirror. The virus is caused when you are bitten by an infected mosquito resulting in a number…

‘Pills by post’ to terminate early pregnancies to be made…

From next week, women in England and Wales will be able to permanently access early medical abortions at home after ministers were forced to abandon plans to scrap the “pills by post” service which was trialled during the Covid pandemic, the Guardian reports. The decision reportedly follows a record number…

Gay and bisexual men drastically cut down number of sex…

In the UK, the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has warned 'men who are gay and bisexual' to be aware of unusual rashes or lesions. They have also been warned to contact a doctor straight away in such a case, media reports state. The Daily Mail informs that monkeypox…

UK to hire nurses from Nepal to plug staff shortages

Britain has signed an agreement with Nepal to hire nurses from the Himalayan country to address the staff shortages in its public health system. Under the deal, about 100 Nepalese nurses will be flown to Britain to work at Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The UK’s health department agreed to…

Working from home led to rise in porn addicts; people…

In July 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that sex addiction is a mental-health disorder. However, many experts disagree about whether this is an actual diagnosis. According to NHS Choices, the WHO, states that compulsive sexual behaviour disorder is defined as an inability to control intense sexual urges leading…

NHS trials smart goggles to allow nurses more time with…

High-tech goggles will be worn by community nurses on home visits to free up time with patients, as part of a cutting-edge NHS pilot. As long as a patient consents, the virtual-reality-style headset can transcribe the appointment directly to electronic records, reducing time-consuming admin for nurses, a release from NHS…

Doctors to prescribe walking and cycling to reduce burden on…

Based on a previous study led by the University of Leeds in 2019, it was found that those who walk or cycle to work regularly are less likely to get heart disease. The findings of this study were published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology and according to the…

Up to 40% ‘hardened’ smokers can quit smoking if prescribed…

In the UK, e-cigarettes have become a very popular stop-smoking aid in recent years, informs the NHS. Known as vapes or e-cigs, these smoking aids are considered to be less harmful than traditional cigarettes and can help smokers to quit smoking completely. WebMD informs that a "vape," or electronic cigarette,…

More than 10,000 will die this winter – soaring energy…

According to a report in The Sun, around 10,000 people die each winter from causes related to the cold. This winter, more than 10,000 Britons could freeze to death because of switching off their heaters, to curb the rocketing energy bills, warn NHS chiefs. With regard to what is being…

NHS to roll out variant-busting Covid booster jab next month

The NHS will roll out the next phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme with the next generation, bivalent vaccine on 5 September starting with care home residents and people who are housebound, a statement said.  The UK's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised boosters should be given to…

Rishi Sunak takes time out of campaign for Janmashtami temple…

Britain's prime ministerial candidate, Rishi Sunak, took some time out of a hectic campaign schedule to make a visit to a Hare Krishna temple on the outskirts of London to celebrate Janmashtami. Sunak, 42, who swore his oath of allegiance on being elected member of Parliament in the House of…

Britain faces ‘humanitarian crisis’ as energy costs soar, says health…

Britain faces a "humanitarian crisis" this winter when the difficult choices forced upon low-income households by soaring energy bills could cause serious physical and mental illness, a healthcare lobby group said on Friday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resisted calls to provide more support to households struggling with higher bills,…

UK to pay £100,000 to contaminated blood victims decades after…

Thousands of people in Britain infected with HIV and hepatitis C through contaminated blood transfusions will receive a compensation payment decades after the scandal, the UK government announced on Wednesday. The payment of £100,000 ($121,000) to each victim is an interim one after Brian Langstaff, the chairman of a public…

Designer vagina surgery doubles due to trend of tight leggings

Leggings reportedly became fashionable in the 1970s thanks to celebrities such as Debbie Harry and the late Olivia Newton-John. But in recent years, corresponding with the rise of gym culture, leggings have been replaced by skin-tight athletic leggings. This style, which is sometimes referred to as “sporty leisure” is a…

Be part of something big – rare chance to join…

Londoners are being invited to apply for one of the most exciting volunteer roles possible, as London Ambulance Service (LAS) aims to triple its number of emergency responders – specially trained volunteers who help save lives across the capital. The Service has launched a recruitment campaign for volunteers and is…

NHS England expands life-saving home-testing kits for bowel cancer

Home-testing kits that can help detect early-stage bowel cancer will be rolled out to 58-year-olds in England for the first time, as part of a major expansion of the life-saving screening programme. People aged 58 will now receive a Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) if and when eligible, which can detect…

This 23-year-old gets vasectomy to ‘feel empowered’

In the summer of 2021, Texas, US banned abortions as early as the first six weeks of pregnancy. Also, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of all pregnancies in the US are unwanted or mistimed. Relying on condoms or a woman's promise that she's taken adequate precautions…

NHS to boost capacity ahead of winter

The NHS started boosting capacity by increasing bed availability and staff ahead of winter, a statement said on Friday (12). Around 7,000 more beds will be added and initiatives to improve patient flow will also be started in the coming months. The NHS said that there will be at least 4,800…

Rise of anal sex leading to health problems for UK…

Two NHS surgeons have warned that as a result of the growing popularity of anal sex among straight couples in the UK, women are suffering injuries and other health problems, as they are unaware of the risks involved, reports the Guardian. Surgeons Tabitha Gana (a trainee colorectal surgeon in Yorkshire)…

Britain’s only children’s gender identity clinic to face legal action…

Britain's only dedicated gender identity clinic for transgender children and young people could face mass legal action from about 1,000 families for medical negligence, media reports said. The Tavistock Centre has been accused of rushing youngsters into taking life-altering puberty blockers. Last month, England's national health service announced that the centre…

NHS ends longest waits for care despite record numbers of…

The National Health Service (NHS) has made significant progress in reducing waits of more than 18 months since January, while dealing with record numbers of the most serious ambulance call outs in July, new figures showed on Thursday (11), a press release from the NHS said. NHS staff are already…

Nearly 1 million children in London to be offered polio…

Around one million children in London will be offered a polio booster vaccine after the virus was detected in sewage samples across the capital, health officials said Wednesday (10). Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay said, “I recognise parents and guardians will be concerned about the detection of polio…

Doctors and nurses ‘weight shame’ obese patients, research reveals

A new research has revealed that doctors and nurses often 'weight-shame' obese patients leaving them anxious, depressed and wrongly blaming themselves for their condition, The Guardian reported. As a result, they felt humiliated, skipped medical appointments, and ended up in putting on more weight, it added. In the UK, two-thirds…

UK faces the danger of running out of monkeypox vaccine…

Britain will run out of monkeypox vaccines in about two to three weeks as the country has little more than 8,300 doses of vaccine left, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. Shipments of a new order of 100,000 doses will not resume until late September, the report added citing an…

Suella Braverman urges schools to offer ‘single-sex toilets’ to students

British Attorney General Suella Braverman has said that schools which only offer 'gender netural' toilets are acting unlawfully. She added that educational institutions have a duty of care to offer 'single-sex toilets' to pupils. "Schools can deny a biologically and legally male child, who identifies as transgender, from using girls'…

Desperate patients in the UK pulling out their own TEETH…

NHS dentistry has been in a crisis situation for many years now. Additionally, many dental surgeries say it is no longer financially viable to offer NHS procedures, leading to an 'exodus' of dentists into the private sector, the Daily Mail reports. According to a new survey it has been found…

Nurses in England and Wales to vote on strike action…

Hundreds of thousands of nurses in England and Wales will vote next month on whether to strike in a row over pay, the trade union representing them said on Tuesday, threatening further disruption to an already understaffed health service. A strike ballot for nurses working in Britain's state-run National Health…

Lady Mone pays £50,000 to settle Lynton-Jones’ claim over racist…

A LEGAL case between Conservative peer Michelle Mone and Indian-origin financial consultant Richard Lynton-Jones over a “racist slur” has ended with the baroness paying £50,000 to settle his claim. “Both parties have settled their differences on a no fault or damages basis… and the matter is now concluded,” the peer’s…

Overseas medics helping UK fight workforce crisis

Foreign doctors – including from south Asia – are increasingly filling shortages in the NHS as the proportion of medics hired from within the UK has gone down over the past seven years, analysis by the BBC has revealed. International doctors accounted for 34 per cent of the recruitment in…

Doctors tell woman her huge legs are due to ‘obesity’–…

Theresa Fredenburg-Hinds, 36, was told by doctors that her huge legs were “just fat.” However, it turns out that she actually has a condition called lipoedema, which is an abnormal build-up of fat in the legs, and sometimes arms. What’s surprising is that Theresa learnt this fact from a stranger,…

Hysterectomy to be telecast on TV for the first time

For the first time on television, and as part of a series on women's health, Channel 5 will be showing retired teacher Gillian Libretto undergoing a hysterectomy operation without sedation, reports the Daily Mail. According to the NHS, a hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the womb (uterus). Once…

UK’s increasing dependence on overseas hirings to meet healthcare needs…

The proportion of overseas doctors joining the UK’s health service stood at 34 per cent last year, raising concerns over the country’s increasing reliance on international medics.It was a significant jump from 18 per cent recorded in 2014, as the share of local recruits has gone down sharply.NHS Digital data…

What is Included in a Medical Screening at Work?

Make Screening Work Medical screening at work is a great way to receive health testing that is beneficial to both you and your employer. This has become even more critical in the Covid-19 era that we live in. These tests are necessary to determine a team member's capacity to carry…

‘Shruti’s’ tree planted in memory of lost NHS staff; actress…

Author and former doctor Adam Kay has planted a tree in memory of NHS staff who have died by suicide. Hundreds of health professionals have taken their own lives in the past decade, with the demands of their jobs only intensifying throughout the pandemic. The Gingko tree was planted outside…

Commonwealth nations join hands to expand organ donation, tackle health…

As part of the Commonwealth Games legacy, 43 Commonwealth countries and 19 national and international organisations have come together to share expertise in organ donation and transplantation to save more lives. The Commonwealth Tribute to Life Project, led by NHS Blood and Transplant, is the culmination of three years’ work…

LGBT groups seek urgent government action on monkeypox spread in…

LGBT+ groups of various political parties have urged the government to take urgent action to stop the monkeypox virus from becoming endemic in the UK. In a letter to health secretary Steve Barclay, the LGBT+ groups of major political parties called for more doses of vaccine to support the targeted…

UK PM hopeful Sunak scores surprise debate to win over…

Rishi Sunak on Thursday appeared to score a surprise win with a studio audience at a key debate with frontrunner Liz Truss in the race to become Britain's next prime minister. While opinion polls back Truss to win the vote among Conservative party members, those sitting in the audience at…

‘Advantage Truss unless Sunak springs surprise’

LIZ TRUSS has all the momentum in the race to be the next British prime minister. In theory, Rishi Sunak has five weeks and 10 more candidate debates before voting closes. In practice, this fortnight is crucial. Ballot papers drop through letterboxes from this week. Half of members may send…

Feminine hygiene products – are they any good?

Practicing good feminine hygiene is vital to ward off infections and maintain overall health, say experts. However, the vagina has the ability to “self-clean” and does not need any extra cleansing. Dr Karan Raj, a London-based NHS surgeon who has become a TikTok sensation, agrees to this and states that…

This common sandwich ingredient can increase your risk of bowel…

One of the most common types of cancer in the UK is bowel cancer but did you know that one of your favourite sandwich ingredients may increase your risk by 32 percent? Several studies have shown a link between specific dietary components and an increased risk of cancer. Studies over…

Junk food advertising ban on London Transport prevented almost 100,000…

The UK has one of the highest obesity rates in Europe with two in three adults overweight or obese and the NHS spending £6bn a year treating obesity-related ill-health, informs the Guardian in a report that was published earlier this year. According to new research published in the International Journal…

Man with ‘Monkeypox symptoms’ photographed on packed train in Spain

A man with monkeypox photographed on a packed train in Madrid, Spain, has caused concern and calls for people to take the disease seriously, media reports said. Dr Arturo Henriques, 32, photographed the man and shared it on social media. But, later the man told local media that he 'doesn't…

Lip fillers must be prescription-only, digitally-altered online photos should have…

With more and more women aspiring to look like celebrities, the popularity of getting fillers has grown exponentially in recent years. This trend has got experts worried and they are concerned that Britons are falling victim to an unregulated cosmetic aesthetic industry that seems to be fostering body dysphoria among…

High cholesterol? Here’s what you should eat for breakfast

Studies reveal that the consumption of oats has many health benefits, including the risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and cancer prevention. According to experts, diet is a key risk factor for the development and prevention of CVD. Therefore, they suggest that dietary approaches that tackle risk factors such as increased…

World Lung Cancer Day: NHS launches awareness campaign for England’s…

THE NHS is encouraging people with symptoms such as a long-standing persistent cough to visit their GP for potentially lifesaving checks in its latest campaign to catch lung cancer earlier when it is easier to treat. The launch of the latest Help Us Help You campaign, on World Lung Cancer…

EXCLUSIVE: Breast cancer warning for Asian women

ASIAN women are being urged to carry out regular checks of their breasts and attend screenings after a study found they were delaying in presenting with breast cancer symptoms – which means they are more likely to die from the disease than their white counterparts. A study commissioned by the…

Antibiotics can lead to ‘life-threatening’ condition, caution experts

The NHS says antibiotics are usually prescribed to treat and prevent bacterial infections. They work by killing bacteria or preventing them from spreading. However, antibiotics are powerful drugs and though they are generally safe and very helpful in fighting disease, sometimes antibiotics can actually be harmful, says Cleveland Clinic. Additionally,…

UK contaminated blood victims should receive £100,000: Inquiry

The chairman of a UK public inquiry into a long-running scandal over thousands infected with HIV and Hepatitis C through contaminated blood transfusions on Friday recommended immediate payouts to victims of at least £100,000. The chairman of the Infected Blood Inquiry, Brian Langstaff, released a report saying that "an interim…

NHS faces drug shortages: Millions could be left without vital…

Amid a supply chain crisis, millions of Brits may be left without important medications, as the NHS is reported to face a shortage of medicines, reports The Sun. Experts have warned that these medications include even antibiotics and painkillers. Also, the conditions which are expected to be impacted by the…

Lyme Disease: Everything you need to know about it

If you’re planning a walk in the countryside any time soon, you need to be aware of Lyme disease. This is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks, says the NHS. Those who live or spend time in forested areas known for transmission of the…

Britain’s only children’s gender identity clinic to shut down

Britain's only dedicated gender identity clinic for transgender children and young people is to close, England's national health service announced on Thursday (28), in response to recommendations from an expert review. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has been instructed to shut down its Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS),…

NHS sets out long Covid action plan for thousands with…

PATIENTS with long-lasting symptoms from COVID will have access to more convenient tests and checks closer to home, under new NHS measures announced on Thursday (28). Specialist clinics, dedicated to long Covid, will now be able to send people for tests at local one stop shops and mobile clinics, rather…

The hot beverage savoured by millions of Brits could lead…

Millions of people around the world, and in the UK start the day by drinking a steaming hot cup of coffee.  But did you know that drinking too much of your favourite beverage, could lead to an eye condition called glaucoma? The Mirror reports that glaucoma is where the optic…

Paediatrician who falsely diagnosed cancer in children to scare parents…

A Glasgow paediatrician has been struck off the medical register for misdiagnosing children with cancer to scare parents into paying for expensive private treatment, media reports said. Mina Chowdhury, 45, who owned Meras clinic in Glasgow, was found guilty of misconduct by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Services, upon referral from…

Alcohol consumption during Covid-19 pandemic could lead to 25,000 extra…

Studies show that those who experience stress often turn to increased alcohol consumption and misuse. Additionally, when people experience periods of financial or emotional stress, they often consume more alcohol. Experts are of the opinion that the pandemic, COVID-19 has caused many psychological, medical and sociological problems, including increased alcohol…

Nearly 50% of UK women do no intense exercise: Survey

According to the NHS, vigorous exercise includes activities such as running, swimming, gymnastics, or an aerobics class. However, almost half of the women in the UK have done no vigorous exercise in the past year, a survey has suggested. Data from the healthcare charity Nuffield Health shows that the percentages…

Sanjay and Raakhi: All you need to know about Rishi…

TORY leadership battle is heating up and Rishi Sunak remains a strong contestant in the race for the top job in the country. Sunak, 42, is just one step away to become the first prime minister of Indian origin in the UK. According to a report in the MailOnline, his…

Johnson may face byelection if he is found to have…

Lockdown-breaching parties in Downing Street could continue to haunt outgoing prime minister Boris Jonhson even after demitting office, as he risks an early vote in his Uxbridge parliamentary constituency.The House of Commons privileges committee said he will have to face a by-election if it is found that he misled MPs…

Jade Goody’s son Bobby Brazier joins the cast of EastEnders,…

Late reality-TV star Jade Goody’s 19-year-old son Bobby Brazier is set to join the cast of BBC One’s popular show EastEnders. The model-turned-actor has notched up the role of Freddie Slater. It was announced on Thursday night that the young actor has been cast in the role of Freddie Slater,…

Girls as young as EIGHT hitting puberty and childhood obesity…

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition affecting children and adolescents. Being overweight leads children onto the path of health issues like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure – which were once adult health problems. Childhood obesity can also cause poor self-esteem and depression amongst children. According to the…

Will race psychology impact the race for UK’s next leader?

ONE of the hardest psychological lessons for anyone brought up outside the UK, to grasp about Britain, is how the natives of this land remain uniquely gifted in concealing what they really think. For example, if, in conversation, a Briton responds with the word ‘interesting’, to anything you just said,…

UK varsities boosted by ‘landmark’ India agreement to recognise qualifications

THE UK and India on Thursday (21) signed an agreement to recognise each other’s higher education qualifications in a move welcomed by British universities. The memorandum of understanding, which is part of the UK-India Enhanced Trade Partnership (ETP) agreed by British prime minister Boris Johnson and his Indian counterpart Narendra…

Make alcohol packaging bland, put cigarette-style graphic health warning, say…

Despite a significant increase in alcohol-specific deaths in the UK in 2020, not much research has been conducted on consumer perceptions of alcohol packaging as a versatile marketing tool, states a study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. This study was recently conducted with the objective of…

This shower habit could trigger heart attack even in young…

Studies have shown that several habits can cause heart disease, which is one of the UK’s biggest killers. But did you know that there is one shower habit that could trigger a heart attack? According to a report in the Express, cold showers may have a negative effect on people…

UK parents urged to help their kids get active over…

PARENTS of primary school children across England are being encouraged to get their kids active over the summer holidays, as the government relaunches its 10 Minute Shake Up campaign. The campaign – delivered by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) and supported by Disney ­– returns in full…

‘No clear evidence’ that chemical imbalance in the brain causes…

The NHS states that antidepressants are thought to work by increasing levels of chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. Some of these neurotransmitters like serotonin are linked to mood and emotion, therefore, suggesting that antidepressants can be helpful to treat those with moderate or severe depression. But while antidepressants can…

Maternity disparities taskforce discusses faith & human rights recommendations

THE UK's patient safety and primary care minister James Morris along with chief midwifery officer professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent on Monday (18) co-chaired the third meeting of the Maternity Disparities Taskforce. At the meeting, the Muslim Women’s Network and human rights organisation Birthrights presented findings from their latest reports on Muslim…

Heart disease: How much should you walk in a day…

Heart disease includes heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Each of these diseases poses a serious danger to life. But the good news is they are all preventable, and it’s possible to reduce the risk of a heart attack and high blood pressure. We all know that…

Racist NHS nurse who blamed Asians for acid attacks is…

AN NHS nurse, who worked at Dorothy Pattison Hospital in the Walsall Crisis Team, West Midlands, has been struck off for making repeated racist comments, according to reports. Mental health nurse Sarah Hewston was sacked for telling colleagues that Asian men groom young women and are behind an increase in…

How often should you reapply sunscreen to safeguard your skin?

As temperatures soar in the UK due to the ongoing heatwave, Britons are advised to consistently reapply sun cream. So, how often should you apply sun cream? Sunscreen should be reapplied liberally and frequently, and according to the cream manufacturer's instructions, advises the NHS. Additionally, if you are planning on…

British doctors are fighting health myths and misinformation on TikTok

Though social media platforms and applications provide an easy and effective way to communicate, share ideas and stay connected with family, friends, and professionals, they can also prove to be a vehicle to spread inaccurate information. Some of this is health-related misinformation spread by unqualified influencers, reports the Times. Experts…

Army of volunteers join NHS trial to detect deadly cancer…

OVER 140,000 people have flocked to take part in the world’s largest trial of a blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer, as part of the latest NHS (National Health Service) drive to catch the disease when it is easier to treat. NHS chief executive Amanda…

Eye health: This bad eating habit can cause irreversible vision…

Research shows that your family history or genetics is not the only factor that can cause poor vision or retinal health problems. Your diet too can impact your eye health. According to a report in The Express, a leading doctor from the US has warned that including too much-fried food…

UK weekly Covid-19 infections rise, over 50s to be offered…

AN estimated 3.5 million people in Britain had Covid-19 in the latest week of available data, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Friday (15), up nearly 30 per cent from the 2.7 million recorded in the previous week. Separately, the government announced that a new Covid booster jab…

Want to know the scientifically proven tactic of staying skinny?…

The legendary Greek physician, Hippocrates who is also considered to be the “father of medicine” observed that gluttony was associated with many ailments. His observations also included that obese Greeks died younger than slim Greeks – thereby establishing a connection between food and weight gain. This was written down thousands…

Do you have high cholesterol? Add this ‘tasty fruit’ to…

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally, affirms the World Health Organisation (WHO). Approximately 17.9 million people reportedly died from CVDs in the year 2019, representing 32 percent of worldwide deaths. The leading cause of heart disease is cholesterol, which causes blockages in the blood vessels that…

Thousands of breast cancer patients to benefit as NHS marks…

THOUSANDS of people a year with advanced breast cancer will benefit from a life-extending drug that has been fast-tracked onto the frontline of NHS patient care. The drug, alpelisib, will be used in combination with the hormone therapy, fulvestrant, to target the gene that causes fast-growing tumours. Up to 3,000…

Does UK’s favourite hot beverage – tea – raise your…

When a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in the legs, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs. This can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. DVT can cause leg pain or swelling or sometimes no noticeable symptoms. Could your favourite brew…

Here’s how Thor: Love and Thunder star Chris Hemsworth hammered…

Chris Hemsworth, one of the world’s highest-paid actors who featured in Marvel’s latest release Thor: Love and Thunder, is reported to have struggled with his mental health and spoke about the same in 2019, reports the Express. The 38-year-old actor is quoted as saying, “When you’re constantly self-analysing, it’s ultimately…

Queen gives UK’s health service top award, praises Covid vaccine…

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday awarded the George Cross to the state-run National Health Service (NHS) for its work over the past 74 years and praised its Covid-19 vaccine rollout. The George Cross is the highest non-military award for gallantry bestowed by the British government. The queen presented the…

11-year-old girl rushed to hospital after vaping, mother now calls…

ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) in the UK mentions that most people become addicted to nicotine and take up smoking when they are still children. Recently, an 11-year-old girl was rushed to a hospital after her mother, Holly Smith, 29, discovered her to be extremely lethargic and barely able…

Female doctors launch campaign against harassment in UK healthcare

TO expose gender-based discrimination, harassment and sexual assault in healthcare, female doctors in the UK have launched an online campaign, the Guardian reported. Founders of the campaign Becky Cox and Chelcie Jewitt have encouraged women to share stories of harassment and abuse. It called for the doctor's regulator, the General Medical…

Muslim mom pulls her kids out of Birmingham school after…

An upset Muslim woman has pulled her children out of a Birmingham school alleging they were given pork sausages during lunchtime.Muslim religious text does not approve of consuming certain food, including pork, considered haram (forbidden).Mussrat Bibi, 41, claimed Hollyfield Primary School in Sutton Coldfield where her children Rayhaan and Sufiyaan…

Everyone thought she was pregnant. It turned out to be…

A preschool teacher, Raquel Rodriguez, 25, from Minnesota who was being congratulated for her pregnancy, recently had to go under the knife to remove a 10.5-pound cyst from her ovary. Explaining when the cyst became quite large, she told TODAY: “I looked and felt pregnant. She is quoted as saying,…

Javid, Hunt pledge tax cuts as they launch leadership bids

BRITAIN's former health secretaries have launched leadership bids to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister, according to a report. Jeremy Hunt and Sajid Javid used interviews with the Telegraph newspaper to announce their intention. Both Hunt, who lost out to Johnson in the 2019 leadership race, and Javid, said as…

Sunak urges Javid to support his candidacy for Tory leadership:…

Former chancellor Rishi Sunak’s allies are believed to be trying to prevail upon his former cabinet colleague Sajid Javid to back his candidacy for the Conservative Party leadership.They have reportedly reached out to Javid’s friends to convince the former health secretary that it would not help either of them if…

NHS doctor says pain relief for specific body parts is…

The next time you find yourself wanting only a specific pill to stop a throbbing headache, backache, or period pain – think again. A generic painkiller could be just as effective. According to an NHS surgical doctor, Dr Karan Rajan aka Dr Karan Raj on TikTok, painkillers for a specific…

A MILLION prescriptions for antidepressants are written for teens in…

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns brought with it anxiety and fear for everyone. However, according to experts, the lockdown restrictions imposed due to the pandemic have especially affected young people’s mental health, the world over, and England is no exception. A report in the Daily Mail has stated…

Don’t fall for the ‘superfood’ hype! Sponsored research exaggerate the…

For those of us looking for easy and fast ways to boost our health – the idea of a superfood can hold much appeal. This food may be imagined to hold special abilities to cure disease and promote well-being. As a result, any food that is labelled as a ‘superfood,’…

I’m gonna blow this plane up: Brit teenager Aditya Verma…

A British teenager appeared in court in the Spanish island Menorca on Tuesday (5) over a bomb hoax on an EasyJet flight from the UK. He was identified as Aditya Verma, 18, a chess-playing prodigy who has been offered a place at Cambridge University, the MailOnline reported. Verma was released…

Brad Pitt on suffering from face-blindness disorder, says people think…

Brad Pitt, one of the biggest stars in the world, recently admitted in an interview with GQ that he believes he is suffering from prosopagnosia, a rare disorder that causes people not to recognize faces. Pitt, 58, has not been formally diagnosed with the condition, but the actor suspects that…

Water births immensely healthful for mums and babies; here’s why

For those mums about to deliver your baby, you’ve probably already planned how you want to bring your bundle of joy into the world. But if you’re still open to ideas – you may want to opt for a water birth. According to new research, the increasingly popular water births…

Beware of Vitamin D overdose: Man who popped 20 supplements…

A British man was hospitalized after taking an overdose of vitamin D, which he began taking as a supplement, after visiting a private nutritionist, a CNN report stated. Dr. Alamin Alkundi, a coauthor of the report and an endocrinologist at William Harvey Hospital in East Kent in the UK, who…

Why you can exercise only on weekends and still be…

Here’s some good news for those who are unable to exercise daily due to time constraints. According to experts, you need not invest too much time to stay fit – all you need is 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise. Yes, you read that right. A total of 350,000…

Tax cut worth up to £330 comes in for 30…

THIRTY million people across the UK will benefit from the biggest personal tax in a decade starting Wednesday (6) - with hard working Brits saving up to £330 per year. The £6 billion tax cut will see the level at which people start paying National Insurance rise to £12,570 –…

Britons reveal hajj hurdles

A PROMINENT Muslim scholar has voiced concerns about Britons travelling to perform hajj without the supervision of British travel agents. In early June, Saudi Arabia made the decision to make would-be hajj pilgrims from Europe, Australia and the US, apply for visas via a government portal online, a move intended…

NHS to trial the use of drones to fly cancer…

In a move to mark the 74th anniversary of the NHS’s creation by the postwar Labour government on July 5, drones will be flown to deliver chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients in England, to help avoid long journeys required to collect them. In the trial run, the devices will reportedly…

85-year-old doctor pleads guilty to woman’s death in botched surgery

An 85-year-old Nigeria-origin doctor botched a routine procedure, resulting in the death of a woman, a court heard.Isyaka Mamman who has dubious professional track records admitted gross negligence manslaughter during the hearing into the death of Shahida Parveen.The doctor who had been at the centre of several critical incidents was…

Manchester woman cancer-free after experimental drug trial

A woman who was given just months to live a few years ago is celebrating on Monday after doctors say she is showing no evidence of breast cancer following a clinical trial at a UK hospital. Jasmin David, 51, from Fallowfield in Manchester is now looking forward to celebrating her…

I can testify to the openness, fairness, and warmth, with…

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has opened up at length about his Indian heritage and growing up in Britain in a hard-working British Indian family at an awards ceremony celebrating Indian diaspora achievements across different fields. The 42-year-old finance minister, born in the UK to National Health Service…

New triage system could risk patient safety, GPs warn

NOTTINGHAM GPs have raised concerns about a new ‘virtual triage’ system, which has dramatically cut the number of patients able to access specialist neurology services. According to them, the new system risks patient safety, a growing workload burden and the emergence of a two-tier healthcare system, the British Medical Association said.…

NHS nurse, Roopa Kumar, jailed for ‘almost killing’ pedestrian while…

An NHS nurse who was driving at more than double the speed limit has been jailed for causing a “dreadful” crash that left a pedestrian in a coma for three weeks and lingering trauma.Wolverhampton Crown Court sentenced Roopa Kumar to 18 months behind bars and handed her a 28-month driving…

NHS checks & treatment on patients’ doorsteps part of changes…

DEDICATED mental health staff to help children and young people in GP practices and blood pressure checks in betting shops are among initiatives devised and delivered by new integrated care systems that come fully into force on Friday (1). Boosting health checks in the community to find people with health…

Explainer: Why Serena Williams wore KT Tape on her face…

Tennis ace Serena Williams who played her first Grand Slam after a year, was seen sporting black ‘stickers’ on her face at Wimbledon yesterday. Though the athlete with the maximum Grand Slam titles of all time had an early exit in the game, people seem to be more interested in…

BMA Union labelled sexist and racist by medics

The chairwoman of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) GP committee in England, Dr Farah Jameel has allegedly received sexist comments describing her as “naughty” and “petulant” in BMA emails. The doctor took sick leave after receiving these comments and is reported to have said it is “ironic and upsetting” that…

GPs in favour of mass strikes over new contract that…

Doctors at the British Medical Association (BMA) annual conference in Brighton called on BMA leaders to “organise opposition” to a new contract – which forces practices to open on Saturdays – “including industrial action if necessary.” While the industrial action clause was supported by 57 percent of the members, 26…

Sajid Javid promises to ‘reverse’ gender-neutral language from NHS guidance…

BRITISH health secretary Sajid Javid has promised to reverse gender-neutral language in NHS advice after health chiefs removed the term 'women' from guidance for menopause and womb cancer. On Tuesday (28), MailOnline exposed how 'women' and 'woman' had been scrubbed from online guidance for menopause.  Earlier, ministers had promised to…

We are great at looking after others and not good…

British doctor and award-winning TV presenter Ranj Singh said taking breaks became key to his wellness routine after he had suffered burnout five years ago.Singh, known for ITV's Dr Ranj: On Call and CBeebies show Get Well Soon said health professionals hesitated to ask for help when they experienced burnout…

Patients offered faster treatment under NHS ‘final push’ to slash…

PATIENTS are being offered faster treatment in different parts of the UK as part of an NHS (National Health Service) ‘final push’ to virtually eliminate the number waiting for two years or more. The NHS Elective Recovery Plan, published earlier this year, set out how the health service would address…

Government aims to eliminate racial disparities with landmark mental health…

PEOPLE experiencing a mental health emergency will be able to access more care in the community, such as through crisis houses and safe havens, and those detained under the Mental Health Act will benefit from landmark reforms which provide patients with more control over their care and treatment. A £150…

UK body to recommend 4-5% pay rise for 1.5 million…

British public-sector health workers should receive an annual pay rise of 4-5% this year, a government advisory body plans to recommend, according to a report in the Guardian newspaper on Saturday. Surging consumer price inflation, which hit a 40-year high of 9.1% in May, means workers are pushing for bigger…

Brad Pitt opens up about face blindness; reveals he ‘struggles…

Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt thinks that he may suffer from undiagnosed prosopagnosia, the inability to recognise people’s faces that’s otherwise known as face blindness. The 58-year-old opened up about his possible medical condition, and the impact it may have on his reputation, in a recent interview with GQ. The actor…

Health & social care secretary Sajid Javid urges men to…

UK HEALTH and social care secretary Sajid Javid on Friday (24) set out actions being taken to prevent suicides and urged men to talk about their mental health in a speech at suicide prevention charity Papyrus’s headquarters in London. In his speech, spurred by his own family’s experience of suicide…

Bollywood stars break stigma and speak out about having thalassaemia…

What do Amitabh Bachchan and Jackie Shroff have in common? The obvious answer is that they are famous Bollywood actors but did you know that both of them also have thalassaemia minor? Whilst this may sound serious, having thalassaemia minor (or thalassaemia trait as it is often referred to) does…

Explainer: What is polio, how does it spread and are…

A type of poliovirus derived from vaccines has been detected in London sewage samples, the WHO and British health officials said Wednesday (22), adding that more analysis was underway. No human cases of polio have been found in Britain, where the crippling disease was fully eradicated two decades ago. The…

Pandemic of Asian mental illness

SOUTH ASIAN mental health experts and survivors are urging the government to provide care specifically to meet their needs. They warned that the Covid pandemic has highlighted the lack of “culturally appropriate and culturally sensitive” services, and people are “suffering in silence”. As part of its 10-year mental health strategy,…

Number of women having an abortion reaches record high in…

THE latest annual abortion statistics report has revealed that a record number of abortions took place in England and Wales last year, according to a report.  There were 214,869 terminations in 2021, the highest number since the procedure became legal in Great Britain through the 1967 Abortion Act. Almost nine…

Everyone living in the UK must have free access to…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan on Wednesday (22) urged the government to provide free NHS care for everyone living in the UK to prevent another potential Windrush scandal.  On Windrush Day (June 22), Khan called for an end to the NHS charging regulations for migrants which impacts undocumented Londoners as they…

Gaps in student mental health services to be addressed

STUDENTS are set to benefit from a better integration of mental health services to prevent them falling through the gaps at university. The new scheme will bring together university, National Health Service (NHS) and mental health services to create regional partnerships that could include physical hubs that students can visit…

Rail strikes: ‘People who physically need to turn up for…

RUSH-HOUR commuters in the UK faced chaos on Tuesday (21) as railway workers began the network's biggest strike action in more than three decades, with a cost-of-living crisis threatening wider industrial action. Last-ditch talks to avert the strike broke down on Monday, meaning more than 50,000 members of rail union…

Shocking! Nearly 70% of ethnic minority NHS leaders experienced racism…

More than half of black and minority ethnic (BME) NHS leaders considered leaving the health service in the last three years because of their experience of racist treatment while performing their role as an NHS leader, according to an NHS ConfederationThe online survey, conducted between April and May this year,…

Unnecessary prescriptions are costing NHS £1bn a year, causing unwanted…

ENGLAND’s most senior doctor has said that doctors must stop prescribing 'a pill for every ill' as patients will develop side effects in the future, according to a report.  Professor Sir Stephen Powis added that unnecessary prescriptions are costing the NHS £1 billion a year, The Times reported. According to…

Long queue in diagnostic tests drops as NHS’ massive catch-up…

THE number of people on the waiting list for diagnostic tests has dropped and two-thirds fewer people are waiting for more than two years for elective care, new figures have shown, as the National Health Service (NHS) continues to make progress in the biggest catch-up in health service history. The…

‘Give people a vote on expanding the Senedd’

HAVING been elected as the first woman of colour to the Welsh parliament in May 2021, I know there has been immense pressure on the Labour government to see more diversity in the Senedd. Labour and Plaid Cymru are determined to squeeze more politicians into the Senedd, a contentious move…

Sadiq Khan unveils refreshed VAWG strategy, vows £18m in new…

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan on Wednesday (14) visited Waltham Forest where he unveiled a new plan that emphasises on a public health approach to end violence against women and girls. There, he met a beautician and a dry cleaner and visited a library to see the training and education being…

Inflation forces regular pay to fall at fastest rate in…

RECORD fuel and energy costs are dragging regular pay in the UK at the fastest rate in more than a decade, data has revealed.  According to the Office for National Statistics, pay excluding bonuses was down 2.2 per cent from a year earlier when adjusted for inflation between February and April.…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘We don’t have enough donors from Asian backgrounds, I…

Fewer than five per cent of blood donors who gave blood in the last year were from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Yet 1,000 people in England – mostly people from Asian backgrounds – suffer from a disease called thalassaemia that affects red blood cells, requiring regular blood transfusions…

Pandemic-time health and social care ‘heroes’ faced abuse, investigation finds

FRONTLINE low-paid health and care workers who were branded heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic suffered racism, harassment and bullying, Britain’s top equality body has uncovered. According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), *It may have underestimated the extent of the abuse because employers were not collecting relevant data.…

GP surgeries to provide specialist mental health support

THOUSANDS of new mental health experts will be on hand to support people in their local GP practice amid a record demand for services, the head of the NHS announced on Saturday (11). Fully trained experts from local NHS trusts will offer people with severe mental health problems such as…

Are Covid cases going up in the UK? This interactive…

England reported a jump in Covid-19 cases for the first time since March, as the virus appears to be bouncing back after a months-long lull.According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 797,500 people tested positive for the disease on June 2, accounting for 1.46 per cent of…

Furious MPs demand answers as government plans to burn £4bn…

BRITISH Parliamentarians are unhappy over the plan to burn personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and gowns worth £4 billion, according to a report. These were bought during the pandemic and will not be used by the NHS. Now, MPs are demanding answers over the financial and environmental cost…

UK healthcare staff call in sick to avoid car use…

Low-salaried health and care workers calling in sick as high fuel prices are eating into a large part of their earnings, according to Unison, the UK’s largest trade union.The average cost of filling the fuel tank of a typical family car crossed the £100 mark this week for the first…

Trainee GP fined for hospital parking after night shifts overran…

A trainee GP working for the NHS has been fined a total of £200 for driving out less than 10 minutes late after completing his night shifts on two occasions.Having been issued two parking tickets of £100 each for leaving the car park late after his 12.5 hour night shifts,…

Pharmacists and nurses at GP clinics will be allowed to…

PHARMACISTS and nurses in UK can issue sick notes starting from July 1 as part of a new law that wants to unclog the appointments crisis, a media report has said. With the change in law, patients will no longer need to see their family doctor and GPs will get…

Exclusive: Asians need to “Step Up” when it comes to…

His cancer came without notice, and for three months Keyur Patel – known as Kiwi – was planning his own funeral. Now, 10 years on, Kiwi is “grateful” that he can tell his story and live the life he thought would end prematurely. The Met police sergeant remembers vividly the…

Black and Asian nurses overlooked for promotion due to structural…

A new study has revealed that NHS nurses from minority ethnic backgrounds were overlooked for promotion due to structural racism, according to a report. It added that white nurses are twice as likely as black and Asian colleagues to be promoted in the NHS, the Guardian reported. A survey of almost…

For the first time, NHS recruits more doctors from outside…

International medical graduates (IMG) hired by the NHS outnumbered the doctors recruited from within the UK last year, calling into question the ethics of “poaching” medical professionals from developing countries.Many recruits were from countries like India and Pakistan which have been facing a severe shortage of doctors.According to General Medical…

Sajid Javid pledges ‘biggest shake-up’ in NHS leadership in 40…

British health secretary Sajid Javid has supported “the biggest shake-up of leadership in decades” in healthcare after a review recommended actions to improve equality and diversity in the sector.He said the country should accept “only the highest standards” in health and care as “culture and leadership can be the difference…

Boris Johnson told to cut taxes if he wants to…

There are growing calls for prime minister Boris Johnson to cut taxes to ease the cost of living burden after he managed to sail through a confidence vote.A reduction in levies amid historic inflation levels would help reunify his traditionally low-tax Conservative Party, according to his supporters.Health secretary Sajid Javid…

Longstanding kidney advocate and transplant recipient Kirit Modi given MBE

Kirit Modi, Honorary President for the National Kidney Federation (NKF) and the National Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Transplant Alliance (NBTA) was among those that received royal honours last week. The kidney advocate and transplant recipient was awarded an MBE as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for…

Do you have insomnia? Doctors will prescribe an app now…

AS MANY AS 800,000 people in England could benefit from a new digital app projected as an effective alternative to sleeping pills for insomnia patients, the national institute for health and care excellence (NICE) has said.  Now, NHS doctors can prescribe the Sleepio app, which uses artificial intelligence to provide…

Sir Salman Rushdie heads list of British Asians recognised in…

Author Sir Salman Rushdie and cricketer Moeen Ali are among a number of British Asians honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published on Wednesday (1). With doctors, politicians, educators, authors, community leaders and philanthropists among the 13.3 per cent of recipients coming from an ethnic minority background, this list showcases…

Bridgerton actor Ruby Barker discharged after hospitalisation due to mental…

Ruby Barker, best known for playing Marina Thompson in the hit Netflix series Bridgerton, said she has been discharged from the hospital following a mental health scare. The 25-year-old actor last week shared a video on Instagram saying that she was “taking a little break” after she was hospitalised due…

Pak govt dismisses report of monkeypox case in country: Report

The Pakistan government on Monday (30) shot down "incorrect" online reports that there was a Monkeypox case in the country, as it maintains high alert to monitor the viral zoonotic disease. According to an official of the Ministry of National Health Services, special instructions have been issued to all national…

Open letter from NHS, charity and community leaders to people…

We join together as NHS and charity leaders to encourage people with a weakened immune system to continue to book in or visit a walk-in centre for their COVID-19 vaccines. All individuals aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed are advised to receive a Spring booster dose of the…

‘Do I have rashes from Monkeypox?’: NHS 111 is being…

The UK’s non-emergency medical helpline NHS 111 is flooded with phone calls from anxious people who have rashes, as the number of confirmed monkeypox cases in England has crossed 100.Mateo Prochazka of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said people could get local sexual health services instead of resorting to…

Two new trustees – Divya Chadha and Amanda Farnsworth –…

Alzheimer’s Research UK has today announced that Biotech clinical development leader and former UK Vaccines Taskforce member Divya Chadha Manek OBE and former BBC executive Amanda Farnsworth have joined its Board of Trustees. In their voluntary roles they will provide strategic leadership, governance, and insight into the charity’s running, and…

Why Asians need culturally sensitive mental health support

The Mind mental health charity said mainstream services often fail to provide therapies that meet a person’s cultural or language needs and they are not referred to the right support. It comes after a study in May by the Mental Health Foundation found that people from a black, Asian or…

Exclusive: George Alagiah – “I’m lucky to be alive”

SOUTH ASIAN men and women owe it to their families to get tested for cancer. That is the stark message from Britain’s top south Asian newsreader, George Alagiah. The BBC journalist, who was born in Sri Lanka, has lived with bowel cancer for nine years, and he told Eastern Eye…

Sajid Javid announces 10-year plan to tackle dementia

HEALTH and social care secretary Sajid Javid has announced a 10-year plan to boost research into neurodegenerative diseases.Speaking at Alzheimer’s Society Conference 2022 on Tuesday (17), he said the plan will focus on how new medicines and emerging science and technology can be harnessed to improve outcomes for dementia patients…

Britain ready for Asian PM

THE vast majority of Britons say they are comfortable with having a south Asian as their prime minister. A survey by the think-tank, British Future, found that a third of the British public would see an Asian prime minister as a good thing for our country. At least eight in…

India and the Philippines supply the majority of nurses to…

IN 2021, nearly half of the new nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK have come from abroad, with India and the Philippines supplying the most, a media report said.  Last year, a record high of more than 23,000 nurses and midwives joined the workforce when the country…

Why Britain needs to reflect and bridge divides

THE Queen’s platinum Jubilee, marking the longest reign in history, is a chance to reflect on how Britain has changed over the last seven decades. A more diverse Britain is a society of more faiths but is felt to be a less religious place too. The somewhat disunited Kingdom is…

Immigration rules: Hundreds of overseas-born trainee GPs face deportation

THE leader of NHS GPs has written to the home secretary Priti Patel demanding to scrap “bureaucratic” hurdles as hundreds of overseas-born trainee GPs are at risk of deportation because of immigration rules, according to a report.  Prof Martin Marshall, the chair of the Royal College of GPs, pointed out…

Terror links: Dr Mukul Hazarika faces extradition to India

A GP in north-east England is facing extradition to India over alleged links to a terrorist group. Dr Mukul Hazarika is a manager at a practice in Billingham, on Teesside, but the Indian government has reportedly laid charges against him accusing him of running a banned unit. He appeared in…

‘Harrow gain proves power of British Indian support’

WHILE it was disappointing to see the Conservative party lose flagship councils in London and across the country, there was one particular council that bucked the trend and shone a ray of light for the Tories. Harrow – the hometown for both of us – was the only council across…

Pharmacies offer ‘extra’ services as funding falls

PHARMACISTS are being forced to offer extra services including botox and skincare in order to survive amid a drop-off in government funding. Chemists are turning to providing ear wax removal, lip fillers and travel vaccination clinics to “make ends meet”, and have urged more financial support as they deal with…

NHS rolls out arthritis drug Baricitinib to treat Covid

THE UK'S state-funded National Health Service (NHS) said it is rolling out the use of the arthritis drug Baricitinib after it has proven to save lives when given to the most seriously ill Covid patients in hospitals. A trial carried out through the NHS and the University of Oxford found…

Prince Charles praises pharmacy sector’s work during pandemic

PRINCE CHARLES has praised the “dedication and professionalism of pharmacy staff” at an event held in London to celebrate the work of community pharmacists during the Covid-19 pandemic.Some 200 pharmacists, pharmacy staff and other health service representatives were invited to attend a special reception hosted by His Royal Highness at…

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…

Javid warns hospitals against clinging to restrictions

BRITISH health secretary Sajid Javid has warned of action against hospitals which refuse to return to normal despite the government significantly lifting the pandemic restrictions.Last month, fresh guidelines were issued to the healthcare sector to enable hospitals to attend to patients on waiting lists - which crossed 6.2 million in…

Nearly three million people receive lifesaving NHS cancer checks

A record three million people have received vital NHS cancer tests from March 2021 to Feb 2022 compared to 2.4 million people referred before the pandemic, the latest data revealed.  Even at the peak of the Omicron wave, referrals for suspected cancer were at 116 per cent of pre-pandemic levels…

Being Covid-safe during Ramadan

APRIL is a time of many religious and cultural celebrations. As many of us come together to celebrate our different faiths, some have questions about how we can see our loved ones, without passing on coronavirus. Riyadul Karim, assistant director of primary care, Enfield, at NHS North Central London CCG,…

Why are barristers on ‘strike’?

BARRISTERS who do criminal legal aid work in court were designated “front-line workers” during Covid lockdown periods. Like doctors and nurses who helped to ensure the NHS continued to function, legal aid lawyers ensured our justice system continued to function. These are not the “fat cat” lawyers of the civil…

India deal is ‘first step as UK eyes speedier growth’

I HAVE been present in India with every UK prime minister since 2005 – from Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron to Theresa May. Being in India last week with Boris Johnson and with Indian business leaders was a crucial visit. It was the first UK prime ministerial visit…

UK patient was Covid positive for record 505 days, say…

BRITISH researchers believe they have documented the longest-known Covid-19 infection, in a patient who tested positive for a total of 505 days before their death. The previous record for persistent infection -- rather than repeated bouts of Covid -- is thought to be 335 days, the team from King's College…

‘Mental ill health may have been factor’ in nurse killing…

A HOSPITAL nurse killed herself and her two-year-old daughter with drugs that she stole from her workplace, an inquest heard last week. Shiwangi Bagoan, 25, and Ziana Bagoan, two, were found dead at their home in Hounslow, west London, in December 14, 2020. They were found by Ziana’s grandmother, Jassumati…

Call for evidence opens for 10-year mental health plan

THE UK on Tuesday (12) started a call for evidence to form a new 10-year mental health plan to level up mental health across the country and put mental and physical health on an equal footing. People with lived experience of mental health conditions and those who support people with…

Covid: Thousands in UK receive new antiviral treatment at home

THE NHS has started providing a new antiviral treatment against Covid for high-risk patients at home that improves symptoms “within hours”, the health service said in a statement.  Known as Paxlovid, has been given to more than 6,000 patients already – with over 1,400 patients benefitting in the last seven…

NHS removes GP who stole more than £1m

A GP who stole more than £1 million from NHS fund to fund his online gambling addiction has been struck off, according to a report.  Dr Rumi Chhapia, 45, has stolen £1.13 million from a surgery group claiming he was 'hacked', reported the MailOnline. In November 2021, he was jailed…

NHS starts vaccinating children aged 5 to 11

THE NHS has started vaccinating five million children aged 5 to 11 as part of the next phase of its immunisation drive.  Hundreds of sites will be providing vaccinations with more sites coming online throughout the week, the health service informed on Monday (4). According to the statement, vaccines will…

Have spring booster jab this Ramadan, urge GPs

LEADING Muslim doctors have urged those eligible to have a spring booster jab this Ramadan as it does not break the daylight hours fast, NHS said in a statement.  Resident TV doctor Dr Nighat Arif, a GP in Buckinghamshire, and Dr Farzana Hussain, a senior GP in East London and…

NHS: Nearly 900 patients with type 1 diabetes benefit from…

AS MANY AS 875 patients with type 1 diabetes in England have been given an ‘artificial pancreas’ by the NHS as part of the first nationwide test into the effectiveness of this technology, according to a statement.  The hybrid closed-loop system (HCL) – also known as an ‘artificial pancreas’ –…

NHS to give flash glucose monitors to all type 1…

NHS on Thursday (31) said that it will provide flash glucose monitors to everyone living with type 1 diabetes to check their glucose levels more easily and regularly. The wearable gadgets, the size of a £2 coin, have a sensor that easily sits on the arm, allowing patients to check…

Exclusive: Asians must get tested for cancer

Getting screened and tested early for cancer is a personal battle, Sajid Javid revealed. Speaking to Eastern Eye, the health secretary, disclosed how his late father was diagnosed too late for the illness. “My father died from cancer, but he died from, firstly, lung cancer, then it spread everywhere,” Javid…

UK to continue free Covid tests for healthcare workers, vulnerable

BRITAIN said that healthcare workers, social care staff and the most vulnerable will still get Covid-19 tests without any charge when it ends free testing for the general public next month. When he announced all coronavirus restrictions would be scrapped in February, prime minister Boris Johnson said free tests would…

MP Dawn Butler reveals how “a mammogram saved her life”

LABOUR MP for Brent Central "Dawn Butler" recently had a mastectomy at Royal London Hospital after being diagnosed with breast cancer, reports said. Butler is now taking time off work to recover from surgery. However, the MP said she wants to raise awareness about breast cancer and has urged women…

UK Covid cases ‘record high’ with 4.2m infected last week

CORONAVIRUS levels reached all-time highs in Scotland and Wales and are nearing record levels in England, with around 4.2 million people infected across the UK last week, official figures showed Friday (25).The steep rise in infections is due to Omicron BA.2, a more transmissible variant of Omicron, said the Office…

Asian leaders warn of growing pressure on healthcare and the…

AN INFLUENTIAL doctors’ leader has raised concerns about the pressure GPs are likely to face as the imminent cost of living crisis bites, while a leading business figure said higher taxes will stifle economic recovery as he also urged ministers to continue free lateral flow tests beyond March. Dr Chaand…

Lord Dholakia questions government’s levelling-up agenda

LORD DHOLAKIA has questioned the government's commitment to levelling up and equal opportunities for ethnic minorities in the Parliament.  According to him, the actions set out by the government's levelling-up plan do not go nearly far enough to create a more inclusive society. While responding to the minister for work…

COVID-19 health disparities within ethnic communities

The release of the government’s response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was warmly welcomed by doctors and medical professionals across the country like myself. I was delighted to see the government finally getting to grips on addressing health disparities within ethnic minority communities. The report titled “Inclusive…

England to roll out fourth Covid shot: NHS

ENGLAND will begin rolling out its fourth coronavirus vaccine shot this week, the National Health Service (NHS) announced Sunday (20), with millions of the country's most vulnerable people being offered jabs.The latest booster shot will be made available to care home residents, people aged over 75 and the immunosuppressed.Around five…

British Medical Association commemorates pandemic heroes

A SCULPTURE in memory of the healthcare workers who lost their lives during the pandemic was unveiled at the British Medical Association (BMA) headquarters in central London on Wednesday (16) ahead of the two-year anniversary of lockdown next week. At least 50 doctors, most of them from black, Asian and…

Rise in Covid hospital admissions was ‘expected’, says Javid

UK health secretary has said that an increase in Covid infections following the easing of coronavirus restrictions was ‘expected’.  Sajid Javid told Sky News that there is no “cause for concern” despite the number of people in hospital with Covid climbing back above 10,000. Daily Covid cases in the UK have…

NHS launches Commonwealth project to increase organ donation

THE NHS Blood and Transplant has launched a new project bringing together Commonwealth nations to share expertise in organ donation and transplantation to increase ethical organ donation and transplantation.  The 'Tribute to Life' project, launched on Commonwealth Day on Monday (14) by health secretary Sajid Javid, is the culmination of…

New film ‘life – saving conversations’ features South Asian women…

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), with the support of NHS England and NHS Improvement, has launched a major new national campaign, to increase the number of those eligible attending their cervical screening in England. The new Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Saves Lives campaign urges…

As National Careers Week commences, the ‘We are the NHS’…

National Careers Week (NCW) celebrates career guidance for young people across the country, helping them to explore different career paths that match their interests. NCW provides a focus for careers guidance at an important stage in the academic calendar to ensure students get an insight into the future of work.…

GG2 Power List shows rise of Asian female high-fliers

WOMEN are very much on the move – rising to roles not previously seen before and smashing glass ceilings in the process. The GG2 Power List was unveiled on Tuesday (8) evening at Eastern Eye publisher AMG’s high-profile and glittering GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards, where the role of highflying women…

Doctor sacked after he ordered a junior to strip naked…

AN employment tribunal has heard that a senior NHS consultant was sacked after he ordered a junior doctor to strip naked in front of him in a hotel room as punishment, reported MailOnline.  Edwin Chandraharan was sacked from St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in south London in February…

Study: Covid may reverse decades of progress on gender equality

A NEW study has revealed that Covid might reverse decades of progress made towards gender equality as women have been hit much harder socially and economically than men, according to a media report.  Published in the Lancet, the research by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University…

Research shows stark disparities in cancer rates between ethnic groups

NEW research has revealed stark disparities in cancer rates between different ethnic groups in the UK, reported the Guardian. According to the study published in the British Journal of Cancer, black people are twice as likely to get prostate cancer while white people have double the chance of getting skin…

No compulsory vaccination for health staff in England

NHS and social care workers in England will no longer have to have a Covid jab as a condition of employment from later this month, the government said. The UK government announced on January 31 that it intended to revoke the regulations that made vaccination compulsory, subject to the results…

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s son dies at 26

TECH giant Microsoft announced on Tuesday (1) that its chief executive officer Satya Nadella's son, Zain Nadella, who was born with cerebral palsy, has died. He was 26."Very sadly, Satya's son Zain Nadella has passed away. The Nadellas are taking time to grieve privately as a family," a Microsoft spokesperson…

Sajid Javid launches England’s rare diseases action plan

HEALTH secretary Sajid Javid on Monday (28) launched England’s first rare diseases action plan which aims to speed up diagnoses and care.The initiative will allow the healthcare workforce to support patients better by leveraging the UK’s technology, Javid said.There are more than 7,000 rare diseases, affecting an estimated 3.5 million…

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t stop Covid tests

Business and doctors’ leaders have criticised the government’s decision to stop free lateral flow tests in April. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced the decision in his “living with Covid” statement to parliament on Monday (21). He told MPs that all Covid restrictions would end in England on Thursday (24)…

Report: Ethnic differences in Covid mortality change over time

THE excess covid-19 mortality among most ethnic minority groups in the UK has fallen over time compared with the White British group, according to a report in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).  During the start of the pandemic, mortality was highest in the black African group but in subsequent waves,…

Fresh approach to tackling persistent vaccine hesitancy

THE spectacular successes of the vaccination and booster rollouts have gone a very long way in pushing omicron into retreat, allowing us to relax the ‘Plan B’ Covid restrictions imposed before Christmas. Yet, there are five million or so people in this country – many from our ethnic minority communities…

Young innovator’s device ‘can breathe new life into muscles’

AN AWARD-WINNING young innovator said the experience of watching his mother on a ventilator in his childhood, as well as the difficulties faced by patients during the Covid-19 pandemic, inspired him to develop his product. Oxford-based Mihir Sheth, 28, developed RespiTrain, a device that keeps a patient’s muscles working when…

Sacked receptionist wins £25,000 in compensation

A sacked receptionist in a London law firm has won almost £25,000 in compensation as she won her discrimination claim against her bosses, reported MailOnline. Kiran Nasreen's pregnancy and health conditions were 'inconvenient' to her former bosses as they said she 'was no longer needed' after working at the firm for…

New campaign encourages South Asians experiencing mental health problems to…

A new NHS campaign is encouraging people struggling with their mental health to seek confidential help from NHS talking therapies. Research shows that nearly half of South Asians put off seeking professional help and the NHS is encouraging them to make use of a range of free services available for anxiety,…

Taskforce to address disparities in maternity care for minority groups

UK has formed a new maternity disparities taskforce to address disparities in maternity care for women from ethnic minority communities and those living in deprived areas, an official statement said.  Minister for patient safety and primary care Maria Caulfield has established the taskforce which will be co-chaired by chief midwifery officer…

Hinduja Global wins UK Health Security Agency contract

HINDUJA GLOBAL SOLUTIONS (HGS) said its UK arm has bagged a contract worth Rs 21 billion (£210 million) to provide critical customer support to British citizens for two years.HGS UK Ltd bagged the contract from UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), which is responsible for NHS Test and Trace.The contract will…

British health chiefs urge Johnson not be to be ‘gung-ho’…

ENGLISH medical leaders on Friday (18) urged Boris Johnson not to be too "gung-ho" with the nation's health when he moves to end all pandemic restrictions with his plan to live with Covid-19 next week. Having scrapped virtually all Covid-19 restrictions in England already, Johnson on Monday (21) will set…

Sajid Javid visits North West and West Midlands healthcare services

UK health secretary Sajid Javid has thanked NHS staff across the North West and West Midlands for their tireless efforts to provide care during the pandemic during his visit to the region.  Javid as part of his ‘Road to Recovery’ tour across England on Wednesday (16) visited Deeplish Community Centre,…

Covid: £23m to help “community champions” tackle vaccine hesitancy

By Kemi Badenoch THE spectacular successes of the vaccination and booster rollouts have gone a very long way in pushing omicron into retreat, allowing us to relax the ‘Plan B’ Covid restrictions imposed before Christmas. Yet, there are five million or so people in this country – many from our…

Report reveals racial health inequality in NHS

THERE are "overwhelming" minority ethnic health inequalities in the NHS, experts have said adding radical action is required to tackle the problem. The study for the first time has revealed the true scale as well as "vast and "widespread" inequality in every aspect of healthcare it reviewed. According to the…

One death from Lassa fever in Britain

ONE person has died in Britain from Lassa fever, health authorities said, as they announced the first three cases of the disease in the country since 2009. The patient died on Friday (11) at a hospital in Bedfordshire, north of London. All three people infected were from the same family…

NHS Pledges More Support For Victims And Survivors Of Sexual…

Victims and survivors of sexual and domestic abuse are being encouraged to come forward for NHS help and care, as part of a major campaign backed by a £20m boost to specialist services. Two new clinical lead roles for domestic violence and sexual assault are also being created, alongside dedicated…

Quarter of UK employers cite long Covid as driving absences:…

A quarter of British employers have cited long Covid as the main cause of long-term sickness absences, a survey by a professional body found on Tuesday (8), adding that it raised questions over how workers with the condition were being supported in their jobs. British prime minister Boris Johnson is…

When you think you need A&E, contact NHS 111 online…

The NHS is encouraging the public to use NHS 111 online to get urgent medical advice quickly – in addition to existing services – ahead of what England’s top doctor has said will be a ‘winter like no other’. With more people predicted to suffer from flu this year and…

Defending diversity in the Tory party

ALLEGATIONS of Islamophobia within the Conservative party have been deeply damaging. They go against the fundamental social fabric of what the party stands for – to promote equality of opportunity to all for a better life, regardless of colour, background or creed. Such allegations must quite rightly be investigated. There…

Five companies fined over price surge for NHS nausea pill

BRITAIN'S competition watchdog on Thursday (3) fined five drugs firms and private equity groups more than £35 million for impeding competition in the supply of some anti-nausea pills to the NHS. The firms, which include Alliance Pharma and private-equity group Cinven, paid a competitor to cancel the launch of a…

Ethnic minority doctors face racism in NHS, says survey

AT LEAST 75 per cent of ethnic minority doctors experienced racism more than once in the last two years, with 17.4 per cent saying they regularly faced racism at work, according to a survey by the British Medical Association (BMA). Doctors told the BBC there was an "us versus them"…

NHS race observatory welcomes plan to revoke mandatory jabs for…

BRITAIN plans to revoke its decision to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for health workers in England after warnings that an already-stretched service could face serious staff shortages. The NHS race and health observatory, which raised concerns last year that any mandatory Covid vaccination policy could be potentially discriminatory, welcomed the…

Mandatory Covid jabs for NHS staff in England under review

NHS workers and staff who work on the frontline in England have been asked to get fully vaccinated by April 1 or will be redeployed or dismissed. However, on Monday (31) the ministers will be meeting to decide whether or not to scrap mandatory Covid jabs for NHS workers in…

Racism and bullying ‘still happening’ at Nottingham hospitals

A woman working for Nottingham University Hospitals Trust has spoken out about her experience of racism, bullying and harassment at the organisation – and told directors that it is “still happening”. Onyinye Enwezor told the trust’s board she felt she was discriminated against when applying for a more senior role…

Britain to offer Covid vaccinations to vulnerable children aged 5-11

BRITAIN will this week begin offering vaccinations to children aged between five and 11 who are most at risk from coronavirus, the state-run National Health Service (NHS) said on Sunday (30). Britain has been slower than some other countries in offering the shots to 5-11-year-olds, and is not planning to…

Funding boost to tackle health inequalities among BAME communities

SEVEN projects have received a share of £100,000 funding as part of government’s commitment to tackle health inequalities and promote living kidney donation among black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. The Living Kidney Transplant Scheme has been launched as part of NHS Blood and Transplant’s ongoing commitment to address the…

London hospitals workers to strike over ‘BAME staff pay’

HUNDREDS of workers at three East London hospitals will strike for two weeks over a pay dispute with their employers. Staff at the Royal London Hospital, St Bartholmew’s Hospital and Whipps Cross Hospital plan to take action from Monday, January 31 as they try to push Barts Health NHS Trust…

UK to drop Covid test for vaccinated travellers from Feb…

FULLY vaccinated travellers arriving in Britain will no longer have to take a Covid-19 test, transport secretary Grant Shapps said on Monday (24), as the government sets out plans to move beyond restrictions and live with the virus. Currently, vaccinated people arriving in Britain are required to take a lateral…

Pharmacist brothers offer ‘Jabs with Kebabs’ to encourage Covid vaccine…

A pair of pharmacist brothers, who also own a popular restaurant in Kent, have started an innovative initiative ‘Jabs with Kebabs’ to encourage their community in England to come forward and take the Covid-19 vaccines. Rav and Raj Chopra, who own V’s Punjabi Grill, an Indian restaurant in Gravesend, established…

Asian men seek ‘culturally sensitive’ accessible therapy

Mental health stigma in community leads to delay in diagnosis, say experts ASIAN men suffering from mental health issues have said they would like to see more Asian therapists and counsellors so they “can empathise with their problems”. There is a stigma around mental health among south Asians and this…

Johnson prepares to let the UK live with the virus

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has signalled to his backbenchers that he is prepared to let the UK live with the virus, the Guardian reported.  All Covid restrictions in England could end in March as Johnson looking at ending mandatory self-isolation for positive Covid cases, the report added, quoting a senior…

Councillors question bullying and racism culture at Nottingham hospitals

COUNCILLORS questioned the HR director at Nottingham’s hospitals after a culture of bullying and racism was unearthed during a major inspection of the trust. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) – which includes the Queen’s Medical Centre and City Hospital – were handed a ‘requires improvement’ rating last year. Health…

Health benefits of weight loss, south Asians focus group

THE Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) this January launched a new Better Health campaign revealing six major health benefits of losing excess weight and encourage south Asian adults to live a healthier lifestyle. It is estimated that over 56 per cent of south Asian adults in the UK…

Funding boost to vaccinate vulnerable communities

BACKED by £22.5 million of government funding, volunteers will reach out to councils with low vaccine uptake and get hard-to-reach communities jabbed. Community Vaccine Champions from Bradford to Brighton will be tapping into their local networks and encouraging people in their community to come forward and get vaccinated. The funding…

Eating Disorders: What To Look Out For And Why They’re…

Eating disorders are a group of mental health disorders that affect a person’s relationship to food and their body image. They are increasingly common, especially among youth and teens, and can lead to serious side effects and consequences if not treated effectively. Eating disorders can have a negative impact on…

Cost of living crisis: Sunak tries to quell growing Conservative…

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak will try to quell growing Conservative unrest over the cost of living as delegations of MPs press him to cancel a planned tax rise and ditch VAT on energy bills in exchange for savings on tackling the pandemic, the Guardian reported.  Sunak is committed to national…

Britain puts private health firms on high alert as Omicron…

BRITAIN on Monday (10) put the biggest private health companies on high alert to deliver crucial treatments such as cancer surgery should Omicron overwhelm National Health Service hospitals in England. The United Kingdom's death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic stands at 150,154, the world's seventh worst official Covid toll after…

World passes 300 million Covid cases as Omicron breaks records

The total number of Covid-19 cases registered worldwide passed 300 million on Friday, with the Omicron variant's rapid spread setting new infection records in dozens of countries over the last week. In the past seven days, 34 countries have recorded their highest number of weekly cases since the start of…

Sadiq Khan forced to defend London council tax hike

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has been forced to defend plans to impose his biggest hike in council tax bills since assuming office, reported Evening Standard. This includes £20 a year for the next three years to help ease the financial crisis at Transport for London – though the first year’s…

Britain calls in military to help NHS Covid staffing crunch

BRITAIN'S Ministry of Defence on Friday (7) said that it had begun the deployment of the military to support hospitals experiencing staff shortages and extreme pressures due to record Covid-19 cases in the country. The government said that 200 Armed Forces personnel had been made available to support the National…

Johnson slams anti-vaxxers’ ‘mumbo jumbo’

British prime minister Boris Johnson on Thursday hit out at anti-vaccine campaigners' "mumbo jumbo" and "nonsense" in his toughest attack yet on those opposed to Covid-19 jabs. "I want to say to the anti-vax campaigners, the people who are putting this mumbo jumbo on social media: they are completely wrong,"…

Britain reports record Covid-19 prevalence as Omicron surges

BRITAIN on Wednesday (5) reported record Covid-19 prevalence for the last week of 2021, with one in 15 people in England infected, as prime minister Boris Johnson said cases were increasing at the fastest rate ever. The increasing number of cases has put huge strains on public services such as…

Staffing crisis may derail attempts to solve hospital backlog, say…

ATTEMPTS to deal with record waiting lists for hospital treatment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are at risk of being derailed by a staffing crisis, which is being exacerbated by the Omicron wave, a lawmaker report said on Thursday (6). Hospitals are facing extreme pressure as they try to catch…

UK eases curbs for travel into England

THE UK government announced changes on Wednesday (5) to Covid travel rules for England, scrapping the need for visitors to have pre-departure tests and quarantine on arrival until they have tested negative. The new arrangements under which arrivals will be able to take a lateral flow in the first two…

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…

Starmer clashes with Sadiq Khan’s drugs policy

LABOUR PARTY leader Keir Starmer clashed with London mayor Sadiq Khan's drugs policy on Tuesday (4) as he distanced himself from a scheme to decriminalise cannabis use in parts of the capital, reported the MailOnline.  Starmer insisted he was against softening the law after it was revealed a proposed pilot…

Better Health campaign puts focus on weight loss

OVER three in five adults (63 per cent of adult population) are at an increased risk of serious diseases including Covid as a result of being overweight. A new Better Health campaign was launched on Tuesday (4) to help people prevent risks of developing serious illness and help reduce the…

NHS trusts declare “critical incidents” amid Covid staff crisis

MANY NHS trusts across England have declared “critical incidents” amid soaring staff absences caused by Covid-19, The Guardian reported.  More than half a dozen trusts have issued alerts over “internal critical incidents” in recent days, as concerns mount that some may be unable to deliver vital care to patients, the…

Johnson says hospitals face ‘considerable pressure’

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday (3) said that the UK's state-run hospitals will face "considerable pressure" in the coming weeks due to the steep rise in virus infections. Speaking during a visit to a vaccine centre, Johnson said "the pressure on our NHS hospitals is going to be…

English children to wear masks in classrooms

CHILDREN in secondary schools in England will be told to wear face coverings when they return after the Christmas holiday next week to tackle a surge in cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday (2). "We want to maximise the number of children…

Omicron hospitalisation risk around one third of Delta, UK analysis…

THE risk of hospitalisation with the Omicron variant of coronavirus is about one-third that of the Delta variant, according to British analysis of more than a million cases of both types in recent weeks. Britain is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases driven by the highly-transmissible Omicron variant, with record…

England hospital staff absences double as virus surges

HOSPITAL staff absences due to Covid have more than doubled in a month in England as the virus surge puts strain on beds, according to data published Friday (31). The number of hospital staff ill or self-isolating due to the virus rose from 11,375 on November 29 to 24,362 on…

New Year honours: Kamlesh Khunti, Sara Khan and Nitin Ganatra…

By Nylah Salam Human rights campaigner and counter-terrorism commissioner Sara Khan, paediatric cardiology professor Shakeel Ahmed Qureshi, Leicester academic professor Kamlesh Khunti and actor Nitin Ganatra are among several British Asians who have been recognised in the New Year Honour’s List published tonight (31). Khan has been recognised with a…

Prioritise Covid tests for NHS workers, says Javid as UK…

UK health secretary Sajid Javid has urged to ensure priority for NHS workers for Covid tests or risk a “devastating” impact on patient care, The Guardian reported.  Javid conceded to MPs that the supply of lateral flow kits would have to be “constrained” over the next fortnight in light of rocketing…

As virus surges, England builds temporary hospitals

England is building temporary hospitals to deal with a potential overspill of inpatients as surging virus cases put the country's health service on a "war footing", officials said Thursday. Fuelled by the highly contagious Omicron variant, daily cases have ballooned, standing at more than 183,000 on Wednesday. NHS England said…

England builds temporary hospitals to tackle potential overspill of inpatients

ENGLAND is building temporary hospitals to deal with a potential overspill of inpatients as surging virus cases put the country's health service on a "war footing", officials said Thursday (30). Fuelled by the highly contagious Omicron variant, daily cases have ballooned, standing at more than 183,000 on Wednesday (29). NHS…

UK seeks to mitigate workforce disruption from Omicron

THE BRITISH government has asked public sector managers to test their contingency plans against a worst-case scenario of 25 per cent staff absence as part of efforts to minimise disruption from the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. With daily infection numbers at a record high and people…

No new Covid curbs for England this year

ENGLAND will not get any new Covid-19 restrictions before the end of 2021, health minister Sajid Javid said on Monday (27), as the government awaits more evidence on whether the health service can cope with high infection rates. Prime minister Boris Johnson continues to resist new measures, which would be…

UK ministers risking emergence of new Covid variants, says Labour…

THE Labour party has claimed that ministers are risking the emergence of other Covid variants like Omicron by thwarting a bid by poorer countries to manufacture their own vaccines, The Guardian reported.  According to the opposition party, the government has “actively blocked countries in Africa and across the developing world from…

Johnson to examine hospital data before imposing additional Covid measures

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson will examine crucial hospital data on Monday (27) before making any new announcement on Covid measures, media reports said.  The Guardian reported that Johnson would “take stock” after being encouraged by improving data on Friday (24), a sign that No 10 is leaning away from…

Indian restaurant’s recipe for success despite Covid hurdles

Dishoom boss's pride at feeding millions of children and NHS staff during pandemic IT IS probable that the hospitality trade will be grateful this Christmas and New Year for the chancellor’s £1 billion fund. According to global consultants Alix-Partners, one in 10 restaurants has been forced to shut permanently during…

UK relaxes visa rules for foreign care workers

FOREIGN social care workers, including those from India, will soon be eligible for a UK Health and Care Visa for 12 months as part of temporary measures to meet shortages in the sector. The government said on Friday (24) that thousands of additional care workers could be recruited, following temporary…

UK says Omicron cases at much lower risk of hospital…

THERE is a lower risk of hospitalisation for people with the Omicron coronavirus variant compared to Delta, but the higher transmissibility of Omicron could still lead to significant numbers needing hospital treatment, the UK government said. Analysis of preliminary data by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) showed an individual…

AstraZeneca vaccine booster works against Omicron, Oxford study finds

A three-dose course of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine is effective against the rapidly-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant, the pharmaceutical company said on Thursday (23), citing data from an Oxford University lab study. Findings from the study, yet to be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, match those from rivals Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna…

UK approves Covid jab for under-12s as new daily cases…

BRITISH regulators on Wednesday (22) approved Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for use in children aged five to 11, as the country reported more than 100,000 new daily cases for the first time as Omicron surged. The developments came after the government said it was cutting the isolation period required for positive…

Nia Shah, 9, wins organ donation Diwali arts competition

NINE-YEAR-OLD Nia Shah has won a national arts competition – ‘Bringing Light Into Life’ – which was organised during Diwali celebrations to raise awareness about organ donation. The innovative contest was held by The Jain and Hindu Organ Donation Steering Group (JHOD), the UK, in partnership with NHS Blood and…

UK secures millions more antivirals to tackle Omicron

IN order to tackle Omicron variant of coronavirus, the UK government has secured millions more antivirals for NHS patients by signing two new contracts. The significant new deals have been accelerated following the emergence of the Omicron variant to protect vulnerable people over the coming months. The move would help…

AstraZeneca, Oxford aim to produce Omicron-targeted vaccine

ASTRAZENECA PLC said on Tuesday (21) it is working with Oxford University to produce a vaccine for the Omicron coronavirus variant, joining other vaccine-makers who are looking to develop the variant-specific vaccine. "Together with Oxford University, we have taken preliminary steps in producing an Omicron variant vaccine, in case it…

UK economy grew more slowly than thought before Omicron hit

BRITAIN'S economy grew more slowly than previously thought in the July-September period, before the Omicron variant of the coronavirus posed a further threat to the recovery later in the year, official data showed on Wednesday (22). Gross domestic product in the world's fifth-biggest economy increased by 1.1 per cent in…

EXCLUSIVE: As Omicron surge continues doctors’ leaders warn…NHS ON BRINK…

Senior Tories urge PM not to “exacerbate and aggravate” pandemic fallout One in 10 health workers could be forced to stop working because of Covid come the New Year, according to the chair of the British Medical Association (BMA). The warning comes as senior Conservatives urged the prime minister to…

UK reduces Covid self-isolation to 7 days for most in…

THE BRITISH government said that from Wednesday (22), it was reducing the Covid-19 self-isolation period to seven days from 10 days for people in England who get a negative result on a lateral flow test two days in a row. With the Omicron variant spreading rapidly in Britain and record…

Johnson says ‘we’re looking at all kinds of things’ to…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson said on Monday (20) he was looking at all kinds of measures to keep the Omicron coronavirus variant under control as the situation was extremely difficult, cautioning that further restrictions might be needed. Britain has reported record levels of Covid-19 cases over the past week,…

Virtual sessions line up to encourage Londoners to get jabbed

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has taken a lead in getting more people to vaccination centres as Omicron cases rise rapidly in the capital and the rest of the UK. As part of the city administration’s drive to tackle vaccine hesitancy, the mayor unveiled a series of virtual events to encourage…

Sunak resists new Covid restrictions before Christmas

BRITAIN'S finance secretary Rishi Sunak is one of 10 cabinet ministers who are resisting the introduction of new restrictions before Christmas to curb the spread of the Omicron variant by casting doubts on the accuracy of official modelling, the Times reported. The UK government's chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance told…

More funding, vaccine ambassadors to boost vaccine uptake

AN additional £22.5million in funding and an army of vaccine ambassadors have been deployed across the UK to encourage vaccine uptake in the run-up to Christmas and the New year, a statement said.  The department for levelling up, housing and communities' community vaccines champion scheme will target 60 local authorities…

Mayors address climate migration challenge

LONDON and Dhaka may be separated by distance and different time zones but the people of the two cities share a common bond over spicy food and cricket. The city of London is home to more than 200,000 Bangladeshi-origin community, settled mainly in the East End, making significant contribution to…

Co-founder of UK’s Gurdwara Aid Gurdeep Singh dies at 59

A PROMINENT community hero is being mourned after he passed away last week. Gurdeep Singh was the co-founder of Gurdwara Aid, an independent Sikh service set up to help gurdwaras, and Sikh and non-Sikh charities in the UK. Through Gurdwara Aid, he played a key role in supporting Sikh places…

Bradford GP behind Covid test firms with many unhappy customers

A leading Bradford GP is behind two private Covid test companies that are racking up large numbers of complaints, according to a report in The Guardian.  Expert Doctors and Covid Travel Clinics appear to be leaving a trail of unhappy customers who say PCR tests they ordered and paid for…

UK government and faith leaders join forces to support booster…

THE UK government and faith leaders have united in the national effort to see the people get Covid-19 doses in the wake of a surge in Omicron cases. The drive is being supported by religious leaders, including members of the Prime Minister’s Places of Worship Taskforce, the Archbishop of Canterbury,…

Funding the future of pharmacy

Investment urged to keep sector 'about people, not just pills' A BIRTHDAY is not just an opportunity to look back, but also to think about the future. The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) is marking its centenary this year. So much has been achieved over the past 100 years by our…

Respect mask-wearing rules in pharmacies, urges NPA

FOLLOWING reports that many customers and patients are not wearing masks on pharmacy premises, National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has urged the public to respect mask-wearing rules. A recent survey of independent pharmacists conducted by the NPA revealed that in some pharmacies, less than half of patients are wearing masks. Urging…

25 million Britons get booster shots as virus continues to…

BRITAIN has administered booster shots to more than one-third of its population amid surging cases of new infections. The health department said “a record” 745,000 people received a third jab in the UK on Thursday (16) alone, taking the total to more than 25 million. Health secretary Sajid Javid said…

EXCLUSIVE: Alarm as Asians shun booster jabs

Revealed: Fewer than one in four has had third vaccination Health experts are urging south Asians to get their booster jab after Eastern Eye revealed that fewer than one in four has taken a third vaccine. Analysis by this newspaper suggests that as of 5 December, only 22.6 per cent…

England’s chief medical officer urges to scale back Christmas plans

ENGLAND's chief medical officer warned people not to mix with others unless they have to in the run-up to Christmas after Britain recorded its most daily coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. With a new highly transmissible Omicron variant of the virus surging across Britain, a further 78,610…

NHS cannot deliver extra Covid-19 rapid tests to pharmacies

THE NHS has told pharmacies that it cannot increase the number of Covid-19 rapid tests it delivers each day, The Telegraph reported.  Infections from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have risen in the UK with the number of new cases reaching 59,610 on Tuesday (14), the highest figure since…

Leicester surgeon uses wartime technique to save man’s injured hand

SURGEONS used a war-time skin-grafting technique to save the hand of a car crash victim by attaching it to his abdomen for several weeks. Martin Shaw from Leicester suffered severe injuries to his right hand and forearm in a horrible accident on September 9. To save his badly injured hand,…

Eton scholar Jasamrit Rahala targets more TV success

ETON scholar, who reached the knockout finals of Channel 4’s Countdown, now targets more TV success, reported The Guardian.  Jasamrit Rahala, 17, from Slough, identified as a maths prodigy aged nine, now targets University Challenge and Mastermind. He was the youngest finalist on Child Genius aged 10 and competed in…

Omicron variant: Britain reports first death globally

AT LEAST one person has died in the UK after contracting the Omicron coronavirus variant, prime minister Boris Johnson said. The death on Monday (13) is the first publicly confirmed death globally from the swiftly spreading strain. Since the first Omicron cases were detected on Nov. 27 in Britain, Johnson…

Daily rapid testing for Covid contacts from this week

PEOPLE who are fully jabbed and identified as a contact of someone with Covid-19, whether Omicron or not, will have to take an NHS rapid lateral flow test for the next seven days from Tuesday (14). The move comes in order to slow the spread of the Omicron variant in…

NHS observatory to study impact of long Covid in minorities

THE NHS race and health observatory started a three-year study to investigate the long-term impact of Covid on NHS workers across the UK from ethnic backgrounds.  The new 'Reach-Out’ research will be led by the University of Leicester in collaboration with UCL, University of Nottingham, national stakeholders and front-line healthcare…

Community pharmacy sector ‘really is at breaking point’

PHARMACIES across the country are shutting for good due to staff shortages and a lack of investment, industry leaders have warned. More than 200 chemists closed last year with many more slashing their hours, leaving it harder for patients to access medicines. In England during 2020-21 there were 11,600 community…

Sadiq Khan: BAME is a term of strength

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has said he prefers to keep the term BAME to represent people of colour in the UK. Khan said the abbreviation - which stands for black, Asian and minority ethnic – is used as a term of "strength rather than weakness". Khan told Eastern Eye on…

Britain to start clinical trial for antiviral Covid-19 treatments

RESEARCHERS from the University of Oxford on Wednesday (8) started recruiting for a clinical trial to test novel antiviral Covid-19 treatments for early use in the illness by people in the community and those who are at higher risk of complications. Partnering with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), colleagues…

EXCLUSIVE: As the Omicron variant spreads, front line doctors warn…

A senior emergency doctor has warned that NHS staff are dealing with the worst health crisis in 20 years. They are under so much pressure more health workers than ever are quitting front line medicine for other hospital jobs. Dr Joydeep Grover, a consultant who has worked in emergency medicine…

Painting a picture of love, loss and family memories

MATTHEW KRISHANU DISCUSSES HIS WORK AND USING ART TO MAKE SENSE OF LIFE TALENTED painter Matthew Krishanu has become an important voice in British art, and whether it has been solo exhibitions or as part of a larger group shows, he has delivered eye-catching works that have created thought-provoking moments.…

BBC bans BAME as report reveals term “not fit for…

THE BBC is set to drop the "BAME" acronym after a report has revealed the term is "not fit for the purpose", reported The Telegraph. The report added that the term could “cause serious insult” by treating ethnic minorities as a single group. Along with ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5,…

New health inequalities report urges to do survival analysis among…

A new report on Covid-19 health inequalities in the UK has urged the government to measure the survival analysis among minorities over time and to oversee youth vaccine uptake. The report published last week was prepared by equalities minister Kemi Badenoch, with support from the Cabinet Office Race Disparity Unit…

UK announces £440,000 to encourage organ, blood donations

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) has announced £440,000 in funding to encourage black, Asian and minority ethnic communities to donate organs and blood. The scheme also aims to address an urgent need for more black blood donors to treat disorders like sickle cell. It is part of the UK government’s initiative to…

Doctors urge black and south Asians in UK to get…

Black and south Asian people in the UK urged to get jabs to cut higher Covid death rates DOCTORS have urged unvaccinated black and south Asian people to get their Covid jabs as new data revealed that hospitalisations and deaths are higher in those groups, reported The Guardian. Infections were…

Care industry looks to India to cut shortage

'No jab, no job' policy adds to mounting care worker vacancies WORKERS from India are needed to help tackle the UK’s care home staffing crisis, according to industry leaders. They have appealed to the government to put care workers on the list of shortage occupations to fill more than 112,000…

Racism was used as a shield for deviant medical practice,…

A surgeon at an NHS trust told an employment tribunal in Manchester that he had been called a “traitor to his community” by other ethnic minority staff, after he raised concerns about the dangerous practice of another doctor in another NHS hospital, The Times reported. Shyam Kumar, who complained about…

Winners applauded for their hard work and enterprise

What the success stories of Asian Business Awards winners have in common Business of the Year Award: Bestway Group One of Britain’s most successful companies, Bestway was founded by Sir Anwar Pervez and his school friends. The group today operates the UK’s second largest wholesale chain and the Well Pharmacy…

NHS-backed research urges to scrap the term “BAME”

A NEW research backed by the NHS has urged to scrap the term “BAME” as it “erases identities”, The Telegraph reported. The NHS Race and Health Observatory launched a four-week consultation with the public in July on how best to collectively refer to people from black, Asian and minority ethnic…

UK launches £5m grant to support suicide prevention charities

UK has launched a £5 million grant to help suicide prevention charities supporting high risk groups, including children and young people and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, a statement said. During the pandemic, the voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector saw an increase in the number of individuals…

Study: NHS system for assessing who must pay for service…

A study has pointed out that the system for assessing who should pay for NHS services “incentivises racial profiling”, The Guardian reported. The study by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has said that overstretched NHS staff sometimes racially profiled patients in order to determine who was not “ordinarily resident”…

UK to probe ‘racial bias’ in medical devices

BRITAIN'S health secretary announced on Sunday (21) that he has launched an independent review to examine if "systematic bias" exists in the development of medical devices after Covid-19 brought the issue "to the fore". Sajid Javid said he would also work with his counterpart in the United States, Xavier Becerra,…

Booking for booster jabs to start on Monday

THE government has urged people to get Covid-19 booster vaccines ahead of Christmas as the National Booking service will open on Monday (22) to people aged 40-49 for their booster jab, and people aged 16-17 for their second jab, a statement said. People can book by calling 119 or get…

UK to add booster doses to Covid vaccine pass for…

TRAVELLERS who have had a booster jab, or a third top-up dose, of a Covid-19 vaccine will now be able to show their fully updated vaccine status through the National Health Service (NHS) Covid Pass, the UK government announced on Friday (19). Those having taken their booster or third dose…

Hinduja family top Asian Rich List 2021

BRITISH ASIAN businesses increased their wealth and rose to unprecedented challenges during the pandemic – as the latest Asian Rich List exclusively reveals. The annual, glossy publication shows the total estimated wealth of the 101 profiled in this year’s list – the first since the global pandemic took hold in…

Bina Patel, 56, mother-of-two, died after waiting an hour for…

A British Indian mother-of-two had died last month after waiting 'almost an hour' for an ambulance to arrive, reported The Daily Mail. Bina Patel, 56, from Ashton-under-Lyne, in Tameside, Greater Manchester already had 'no pulse' by the time paramedics got to her home, said her son Ashkay. According to the…

EVERY DAY 11 ASIANS DIE FROM COVID

Sadiq Khan: Bring back police enforcement on mask wearing More south Asians will catch and die from Covid during the traditional winter health crisis unless the government toughens its stance on vaccinations and mask wearing in public places. That is the warning from the British Medical Association, the London mayor,…

Covid: 5,000 NHS staff could lose their jobs if not…

NEARLY 5,000 NHS staff in East London could lose their jobs if they do not get the coronavirus vaccine. The government announced on November 9 that all frontline NHS staff would be required to get both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, or risk losing their jobs. Barts Health NHS trust,…

Doctor claims he was unfairly dismissed for exposing patient safety…

A top radiologist claims he was unfairly dismissed after exposing racism and concerns about patient safety. Dr Naveen Bhatt was sacked for gross misconduct after allegedly being abusive towards a colleague and “weaponising” an NHS system for reporting safety incidents to criticise co-workers in the Avon Breast Screening Unit. His…

Johnson, Priti visit Neasden temple to celebrate Diwali

PRIME minister Boris Johnson and home secretary Priti Patel visited the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, north London, on Sunday (7) to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. The leaders, who were welcomed with traditional Indian garlands at the Neasden temple, also paid tribute to volunteers who helped…

Portsmouth GP jailed for stealing £1.1m from NHS to fund…

A senior GP was jailed for three years and four months after stealing £1.1million of NHS money to fund his addiction to online gambling. Dr Rumi Chhapia, 45, from Southsea, stole the funds from a company that oversaw a group of GP practices in Portsmouth. The money was taken from…

Britain allows early booking of booster shots to speed up…

BRITAIN'S health ministry on Saturday (6) said it would open up bookings for booster shots a month before people were eligible to receive the shots to help speed up the rollout ahead of the challenging winter months. Prime minister Boris Johnson is relying on booster doses as a major plank…

Britain approves Merck’s Covid-19 pill in world first

BRITAIN on Thursday (4) became the first country in the world to approve a potentially game-changing Covid-19 antiviral pill jointly developed by US-based Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, in a boost to the fight against the pandemic. Britain's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) recommended the drug,…

South Asians at higher risk of death from Covid, Oxford…

SCIENTISTS at the University of Oxford have identified a gene that may double the risk of lung failure and death from Covid-19, and could explain why people of south Asian origin have a higher risk of severe disease. The LZTFL1 gene changes the way the lungs respond to viral infection,…

UK MPs celebrate Diwali in parliament

ASIAN MPs and peers came together to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, at an event in parliament on Monday (1). MPs Navendu Mishra (Labour, Stockport), Shailesh Vara (Conservative, North West Cambridgeshire) and Virendra Sharma (Labour, Ealing Southall) hosted a reception for about 100…

Covid-19 jabs offered to 12-15-year-olds at 800 schools

THE health secretary said more than 800 secondary schools in England will be visited by health teams from Monday (31) to offer Covid-19 vaccine to children aged 12 to 15. Sajid Javid said the vaccines "will help keep children in the classroom". According to the NHS, more than 600,000 children…

UK to provide cheaper and easier access to therapies under…

THE UK has set up a new menopause taskforce to help women to get cheaper and easier access to Hormone Replacement Therapies (HRT) to relieve symptoms of menopause.  The action was taken following commitments made in Parliament at the second reading of Carolyn Harris MPs’ private members’ bill. The taskforce…

E-cigarettes could be available on NHS in world first

ENGLAND could soon become world’s first country to prescribe e-cigarettes as a medical product to help people stop smoking tobacco products. With health secretary Sajid Javid welcoming the latest step towards the licensing process for manufacturers, e-cigarettes could be prescribed on the NHS. Javid said: “This country continues to be…

Diwali celebrations in Britain will ‘light the lamps of love…

HINDU, Jain and Sikh families across the UK are preparing to celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, which falls on November 4 this year. London and Leicester kicked off celebrations last weekend, as people gathered in the capital last Saturday (23) for Diwali on the Square, with a light display,…

Sajid Javid: How AI can help provide better health outcomes…

EVEN though my family didn’t celebrate it, I learned a lot about Diwali growing up and saw how much it means to people. From the kids bringing halwa and jalebi to the playground, to the decorations at Dr Gandhi’s clinic on Bristol’s Stapleton Road, it was always a point of…

New app to help people eat better and exercise more

A new app to help people make positive changes to their diet and physical activity will launch next year, the UK government has announced. From January 2022, a pilot scheme will see users wear wrist-worn devices that can generate personalised health recommendations, such as increasing their step count, eating more…

UK plans £6 billion package to boost health service capacity

BRITISH finance secretary Rishi Sunak's budget this week will include an extra £5.9 billion ($8.1 billion) of spending for the health service over the next few years to drive down waiting lists, the finance ministry said on Sunday (24). The sum comes on top of an £8 billion package announced…

When medicine met music in lockdown

DJ Bodalia explains why he started #NHSessions THERE have been many inspiring stories throughout the pandemic that have offered glimmers of hope, and one of the most unique revolves around a DJing doctor. Kishan Bodalia gained a following after launching #NHSessions, which saw him perform DJ sets from his kitchen…

Nearly five million young adults still unvaccinated in UK, report…

OF NEARLY 7,400 people admitted to hospital in England in recent weeks, about 2,500 had yet to receive a single dose and a further 400 had been given only their first, The Times reported citing official figures. Around five million people aged over 16 in the UK are still unvaccinated,…

Britain starts cheaper lateral flow test for passengers from non-red…

THE UK on Sunday (24) started a cheaper lateral flow test instead of a PCR for fully vaccinated passengers arriving from countries not on the red list. Passengers and most under 18s can use the test on or before day 2 of their arrival in England, a statement said.  Bookings…

Health inequalities affecting BAME communities in Calderdale

SOME work-in-progress to address health inequalities affecting BAME communities in Calderdale is starting to have an impact, health partners heard. Director of Transformation and Partnerships at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Anna Basford, said since April 2020 evidence had emerged about the disproportionate impact the Covid-19 pandemic was having…

Javid: UK to use AI to tackle racial inequalities in…

UK health secretary Sajid Javid has given the green light to use Artificial intelligence (AI) to tackle racial inequalities in the NHS, reported The Guardian. Under the new plan, millions of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) Britons are expected to get benefit from revolutionary computer techniques designed to transform care…

NHS faces ‘growing winter pressures’

THE NHS is close to the edge of being overwhelmed in many parts of Britain and pressure is only going to increase as winter approaches, the head of a healthcare system body said on Wednesday (20). Britain reported 223 deaths from Covid-19 on Tuesday (19), the highest daily figure since…

Children fuel UK’s Covid rise after slow vaccine start

THE spread of Covid-19 among children in England is fuelling a recent rise in cases nationally and causing concern among some scientists that vaccines are being rolled out in schools too slowly, risking the welfare of children and adults alike. Covid-19 cases in Britain as a whole are much higher…

Dr Nagpaul slams UK government’s ‘league tables’ for GPs

The BMA Council chair said to force GPs to provide more face-to-face appointments is “harassment, discrimination, (and) victimisation.” The government has announced a new £250 million support package for general practice, which would include league tables showing how many in-person consultations the GPs held. Reports suggest the worst-performing practices will…

Role of culture in dealing with Covid-related illness

A FEW days ago, I spoke to a colleague in India about the situation there related to the pandemic, and her observation was that the situation was “pretty well back to normal”. As the festivals of Dussehra and Diwali are round the corner, there appeared to be a general sense…

Johnson all praise for Wockhardt’s ‘hard work’

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday (19) singled out Mumbai-headquartered pharmaceutical and biotech company Wockhardt for praise among companies behind the country’s successful Covid-19 vaccine rollout. During his speech at the Global Investment Summit at London Science Museum, Johnson said Wockhardt’s Wales-based bottling plant was instrumental in ensuring 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…

NHS urges Asians and ethnic minorities to learn CPR skills

AN NHS leader on ethnic health inequalities has urged people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills ahead of Restart a Heart Day on Saturday (16). Dr Habib Naqvi, the director in charge of the NHS Race and Health Observatory, has called for…

Lateral flow tests for fully vaccinated international arrivals

FULLY vaccinated passengers from 24 October, mostly under-18s, arriving in England from countries not on the red list can now take the cheaper lateral flow test instead of a PCR test. They can book for the test from 22 October, on or before day two of their arrival in the…

New vaccination centre opens at Jalaram community centre with Patels…

PATELS CHEMIST, part of the Morningside Pharmacy group, has started a high-volume NHS Covid-19 vaccination facility at the Jalaram Community Centre in Leicester. The new vaccination site opened on Tuesday (12), having an administering capacity of up to 3,000 vaccinations a week, will serve the local community in Leicester, especially…

‘Donate blood and save lives’

STAFF SERGEANT SOHAIL ASHRAF of the British Army has called on the Asian community to consider donating blood. According to him, the donation could “save someone’s life in their hour of need”. The most recent data from the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) shows that fewer than five per cent…

Teenagers should take Covid jab, Javid and Zawahi urge parents…

SAJID JAVID and Nadhim Zawahi have urged reluctant teenagers to ignore fake news and go and get the Covid-19 jab. Javid, the health secretary and Zawahi, the education secretary are writing to the parents and saying the vaccines are safe, seeking to boost uptake among the teenagers. All parents of…

Migrant-dependent NHS battles staffing crisis

Britain's National Health Service (NHS), which provides free healthcare funded from general taxation and welfare contributions, is one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan employers. But the NHS -- which listed 211 nationalities in England alone in 2020 -- faces chronic staff shortages. By 2029, the state-run service in…

Nik Kotecha named in top 50 most ambitious business leaders…

Dr NIK KOTECHA, chairman of Morningside Pharmaceuticals, has been named in the LDC’s Top 50 Ambitious Business Leaders for 2021 list. The list, which is supported by The Times, recognises and celebrates inspiring leaders from among the UK’s most successful and fast-growing businesses. Now in its fourth year, the 2021…

Migrant-dependent UK healthcare battles staffing crisis

BRITAIN'S National Health Service (NHS), which provides free healthcare funded from general taxation and welfare contributions, is one of the world's largest and most cosmopolitan employers. But the NHS - which listed 211 nationalities in England alone in 2020 - faces chronic staff shortages. By 2029, the state-run service in…

New video campaign urges to take flu vaccine and Covid-19…

A new video campaign was launched on Friday (8) to encourage those eligible to get a free flu vaccine and Covid-19 booster jab ahead of winter. The new film sees media medics Dr Amir Khan, Dr Dawn Harper and Dr Karan Ranj explain why it is more important than ever…

New mental health campaign in England focuses on adults, South…

A new mental health campaign has been launched in England to improve the mental health of adults and South Asians. The Every Mind Matters (EMM) initiative started after half of all adults and almost two-thirds of South Asians have said that the pandemic had negatively impacted their mental health, a statement…

EXCLUSIVE: “Please get vaccinated,” says Javid

Figures reveal four in 10 British-Pakistanis still unprotected The health secretary, Sajid Javid, has told Eastern Eye that he is “very concerned” that three in 10 south Asians remained unprotected against Covid. During a meeting of specially invited non-white press and broadcasters, Javid revealed that among British-Pakistanis the take up…

Why investing in children’s mental health is important

THE statistical rise in children and young people’s mental health problems is staggering. According to a Royal College of Psychiatrists study, since the pandemic began 18 months ago, the number of children and young people developing mental health issues has risen by 134 per cent compared to last year. Nearly…

South Asians least likely to recognise cancer symptoms, research finds

SOUTH ASIANS are less likely to recognise cancer symptoms which could prevent them from seeking lifesaving help from their GP, new research has found. NHS analysis showed the awareness of a range of potential cancer symptoms was in each case lower among South Asians than for the general public. For…

NHS waiting lists test mental health of non-Covid patients

PATIENTS waiting for vital NHS health checks are experiencing mental health issues due to the stress over postponed tests and surgeries, an Asian health campaigner has warned. Following the coronavirus pandemic and the overwhelming strain on the country’s healthcare resources, the NHS has had to postpone many key assessments tests…

Key role for community pharmacy

Experts tell annual conference sector must scale up its integration process PHARMACIES will need to scale up integration and innovation processes in order to meet the growing demand from patients, guests and panellists said at the sixth annual Pharmacy Business Conference held online last Tuesday (21) and Thursday (23). Spread…

The ultimate guide to the best educational toys for babies

If there’s one thing that’s for certain, it’s that parents want the best for their children. But did you know that play is a vital part of a child’s development? Play helps children release pent up energy, solve problems and expand their mind and motor development. According to the NHS,…

New anti-viral nasal spray cuts the chance of catching Covid

AN anti-viral nasal spray developed by British scientists dramatically cuts the chance of catching Covid. The inventors of the spray say that two pumps in each nostril gives protection for up to eight hours. The spray, called the pHOXWELL, the inventors believe can give protection to vulnerable patients in hospitals…

GP defrauds more than £1million of NHS funds in less…

IN a 'significant' abuse of trust, a GP has embezzled more than £1million in less than two months. After cheating and defrauding a healthcare group of such a huge amount of money, Dr Rumi Chhapia now faces a jail sentence. Reports suggest that the 45-year-old from from Southsea, Hampshire, took…

Love Island star Priya Gopaldas urge youngsters to get Covid-19…

A new film with Love Island contestant and medical student Priya Gopaldas and TV doctor Dr Emeka Okorocha encourage uptake of the life-saving Covid-19 vaccine in youngsters. The pair take questions from students and underline that Covid-19 jabs are the best way of preventing serious illness. The latest statistics show…

‘Details are important in assisted dying bill debate’

THIS week, a public consultation on a proposed law to legalise assisted dying in Scotland will be launched in the Scottish parliament. As presented, the law would allow terminally ill people to access medication to end their own lives. Two doctors would be required to confirm that all safeguards were…

UK orders crackdown on overprescribing medicines

The UK government has ordered a crackdown on overprescribing of medicines following a review that revealed 10 per cent of the prescribed items in primary care are inappropriate for patients. Led by chief pharmaceutical officer for England, Dr Keith Ridge CBE, the study found that overprescribing may disproportionately affect black,…

‘Pandemic stress impacting children’s mental health’

EXPERTS have warned of the decline of children’s mental health following the Covid-19 pandemic, with one parent revealing his six-year-old child is struggling with anxiety and stress. Prabir Rahman* said his young son has been struggling since the pandemic struck last year. “My son has had episodes recently where he…

RCM’s new guide warns on discrimination against pregnant migrant women

THE new guidance from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has stated that maternity care for migrant women must not be refused or delayed by immigration status or ability to pay. Published with support from Public Health England on Monday (20) for midwives, maternity support workers and other maternity staff,…

NHS App achieves milestone with over 16 million users

NHS APP has currently become the most downloaded free app in England with now over 16 million users. Over 12 million new users since NHS Covid Pass was added on 17 May, after joint work by NHSX and NHS Digital. Moreover, 265,000 people have registered their organ donation decision for…

BAPS launches educational video to observe Organ Donation Week

ON the occasion of Organ Donation Week that kicked off on Monday (20), BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha has launched a new educational video about organ donation and the importance of having a conversation with the family about one’s wish to donate organs. Organ Donation Week is an annual campaign held in…

Indian quadruplets keen to make a difference in the NHS

A FAMILY of British Indian quadruplets have described why they think the UK is the best place to achieve their dreams. The Framlingham, Suffolk-based quadruplets – Aneetta, Anjel, Aleena and Aneesha – told Eastern Eye they are proud of working in the NHS, where they are following their mother’s footsteps.…

Oracle to invest £150m in Oxford Nanopore

OXFORD Nanopore’s London float efforts received a boost as software major Oracle will invest £150m in the British biotech unicorn. Oracle will become a cornerstone investor when the genome sequencing company issues shares in its initial public offering (IPO) later this year. The partnership enables the Covid testing kit developer…

NHS staff receive first Covid booster jabs

THE booster doses have been rolled out in England and with the first shot been given to an NHS staff. The booster jab will be given to the over 50s, health and care workers and younger adults with certain health conditions. Those eligible should receive a booster at least six…

New guidelines urge bosses to offer free yoga classes to…

NEW guidelines on the mental health of workers have urged bosses to engage staff in small talk and offer them free yoga or meditation classes, reported The Daily Mail. According to a draft document from the Public Health England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, action is…

Priya Gopaldas: How to break barriers and smash stereotypes

TRAINEE DOCTOR DISCUSSES HER LOVE ISLAND JOURNEY, DATING AND FUTURE PLANS THE recently concluded series of Love Island will be remembered by many for the whirlwind entrance of Priya Gopaldas. The trainee doctor tore up the rulebooks usually associated with the massively popular reality TV show and became one of…

No vaccine passports, Johnson to set out winter Covid-19 plan

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson will set out on Tuesday (14) his plans to manage the Covid-19 pandemic in the winter months, announcing a decision to scrap the introduction of vaccine passports and steps to end some emergency powers. Johnson, under fire from some in his governing Conservative Party for…

One in three BAME staff in NHS mental health services…

A NEW survey has revealed that one in three (32.7 per cent) black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) workers in NHS mental health trusts have experienced abuse, reported The Guardian. For BAME workers across the NHS, the rate is more than one in four (28.9 per cent. According to an…

Mandatory Covid, flu jabs for health staff being considered in…

THE government is seeking plans for frontline staff in healthcare settings in England, who may be required to have Covid-19 and flu vaccines to protect patients from infection, serious illness or death. A six-week consultation was launched on Thursday (9), looking at whether requirements should apply for health and wider…

MPs back Johnson’s tax hike plan

MPs backed UK prime minister Boris Johnson's plan to raise taxes in a parliamentary vote on Wednesday (8), clearing the way to direct more funds into the country's creaking health and social care system. Johnson angered some members of the ruling Conservatives by breaking election promises not to increase taxes,…

Ambulance delay caused Prof Chand’s death, claims son

PROF KAILASH CHAND OBE, 73, would have "almost certainly survived" if an ambulance had arrived earlier, his son has claimed. The former leader of the British Medical Association, died after suffering a cardiac arrest in July. Prof Chand, who lived in Didsbury, after his death, was paid rich tributes by…

British Indian doctor conducts first virtual brain practice operation using…

A British Indian surgeon has conducted the first practice operation on virtual brains using an artificial intelligence (AI) system, The Times reported. Professor Tufail Patankar at Leeds Teaching Hospitals has carried out the surgery using the AI system designed to make brain surgery safer for patients, less stressful for surgeons…

Johnson breaks tax pledge to fund new care for elderly

BREAKING an election pledge not to raise taxes, British prime minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday (7) announced hefty new funding to fix a social care crisis and a pandemic surge in hospital waiting lists. The government said the tax hike brings Britain into line with France, Germany and Japan, which…

Lockdown weight gain put people at risk of type 2…

PEOPLE having put weight during the lockdowns are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and those seeking weight-loss help has also seen a rise than before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a NHS study has found. According to the research, people asking for weight-loss help are on…

Johnson to hike taxes to pay for social care

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson will address lawmakers on Tuesday (7) on his plans to fix Britain's social care system, with many in his own party furious that he wants to pay for it by hiking taxes in a clear breach of his election pledges. After splurging on the Covid-19 pandemic,…

Johnson to announce NHS boost before cabinet reshuffle

THERE are chances of a cabinet reshuffle as Boris Johnson is expected to hand £34 billion to the NHS as part of a reform of health and social care. According to a report by The Sunday Times, the first ministreal reshuffle by the prime minister in more than 18 months…

This Paryushan, Jain youngsters bring message of organ donation

PARYUSHAN Mahaparva is here and to commemorate the Jain festival of reflection and seeking forgiveness, seven youngsters from the community are promoting the cause of organ donation. They are encouraging Jains in the UK to talk about organ donation during Paryushan, which started on September 3 and will continue till…

NHS calling for volunteers to help south Asian community vaccinated

NHS VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS is reaching out to the south Asian community, calling for more steward volunteers to support Britain's Covid-19 vaccination drive at the local inoculation sites.    There is a growing need for steward volunteers and the NHS is calling for help to get the community vaccinated.   Getting…

‘Ignorance isn’t an excuse’, NHS blog post on racism tells…

A blog post on the NHS Leadership Academy website has provided anti-racism tips, and advised white staff to read about white privilege, The Telegraph reported. The post suggested reading an article on white privilege by the US activist Peggy McIntosh, followed by a discussion of “whiteness” in author Robin DiAngelo’s…

Oxford Nanopore set for London IPO

BRITISH life sciences unicorn Oxford Nanopore is set to go public in the coming weeks. Co-founded by Gordon Sanghera, the company is working with Bank of America, Citi and JP Morgan to launch an initial public offering (IPO) and list its shares on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), media reports…

Skipping Sikh to run his first marathon at 74 for…

RAJINDER SINGH aka the ‘Skipping Sikh’ is all set to run his first marathon next month at the age of 74 to raise money for charity. The Sikh pensioner, who moved to England alone in 1971, to join his uncle, will run the 26.2-mile London Marathon on 3 October to…

NHS seeks £10bn annual boost to cover Covid costs, tackle…

A joint initiative of two organisations that represent the 213 NHS care trusts have informed ministers that the NHS needs a £10bn annually to cover the costs of Covid-19 and tackle the huge treatment backlog, The Guardian reported. The NHS Confederation and NHS Providers have said that without this extra…

Britain to give third Covid-19 jab to immunosuppressed

BRITAIN will give severely immunosuppressed people a third dose of Covid-19 vaccine to increase their chances of generating a better immune response, although officials stressed the offer was separate from any broader booster vaccine programme. With the move, Britain follows the United States, which last month authorised a third dose…

Women, minority surgeons likely to be passed over for promotion,…

A NEW study has revealed that women and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds in the surgical profession were more likely to be passed over for promotion or quit altogether, reported The Telegraph. Analysis of more than 3,000 junior surgeons in the NHS in England found that…

Mossbourne Federation helps many pupils to secure places in medicine…

THE Mossbourne Federation in Hackney has helped as many pupils on to medicine courses as some leading private schools in London, reported The Times. Seven out of the ten teenagers that applied at the Federation have won places. According to the report, it matches the performance of independent schools including…

Organ transplants in UK ‘fell by a third during pandemic’

ORGAN transplants in the UK fell by almost a third last year, a study published in The Lancet says. The Covid-19 pandemic forced many transplants getting delayed or cancelled because the procedures carry a high level of risk of infection. Also patients having undergone organ transplant need time in hospital…

‘Consent and clarity’ vital in NHS data sharing plan

A CONTROVERSIAL NHS data sharing plan has been backed by leading doctors and experts, but they have called for transparency over what is being gathered and for what purpose. The new system will collect information on a patient’s physical, mental and sexual health held by GP surgeries in England over…

Medics hailed for using social media to offer health advice

TOP doctors and pharmacists have been praised for using quirky TikTok videos in order to pass on vital health advice to Asian communities. The medics have gained large followings on the video-sharing app for posting musical footage about issues including the importance of the Covid-19 vaccine, sleep tips and diet…

Editor’s comment: Virus protection

THE NHS has launched a video campaign featuring three young sufferers of long Covid to encourage others to get vaccinated. The three people, all aged between 23 and 31, have shared the debilitating impact that the condition has had on their lives. One participant admitted that he had delayed getting…

UK says no decision yet on Covid-19 vaccine for 12…

BRITAIN'S Health Department said it has not made any decision on Covid-19 vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds after the Telegraph reported the National Health Service (NHS) planned vaccinations from the first week children return to school in September. "No decisions have been made on vaccinating 12-15 year olds…

Council joins and supports Root Out Racism movement

CALDERDALE Council is supporting the Root Out Racism movement being launched by healthcare and violence reduction partnerships. The council is one of nearly 500 organisations to join Root Out Racism movement being launched by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit. To…

UK orders more jabs amid rising Covid numbers; 4,000+ cases…

BRITAIN on Monday (23) announced it will take delivery of another 35 million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine in the second half of next year to "future-proof" its jabs rollout. Meanwhile, deaths from Covid-19 and daily infection numbers are again on the rise, says official data, as reports suggest…

Leeds City Council take ‘Root Out Racism’ pledge

HEALTHCARE leaders and politicians in Leeds believe a new anti-racism pledge is an acknowledgement that we still live in a “structurally racist” society, and that more needs to be done to remove barriers preventing black and minority ethnic (BAME) people from reaching positions of power. The Root Out Racism pledge,…

Private PCR Covid test firms let down travellers entering UK

TRAVELLERS are forced to fall back on the NHS as private providers are accused of failing to deliver kits and test results, also not refunding customers. A Covid-19 testing company, RT Diagnostics, co-owned by a former Labour justice minister and a Labour councillor has been accused of failing the travellers,…

Javid announces crackdown on over-charging COVID travel test firms

More than 80 private COVID-19 travel testing companies are being issued a two-strike warning from Monday that they could be removed from the official government-approved list for misleading prices if they fail to rectify discrepancies. UK health secretary Sajid Javid said his department conducted a “rapid review” of the pricing…

NHS data share scheme on hold as millions opt out

THE UK government's plan to launch the General Practice Data for Planning and Research scheme in September has now been put on hold after huge backlash. As reported by The Observer, more than a million people opted out of the NHS data-sharing triggered by dissent against government plans to make…

Young Covid sufferers urge peer to get vaccinated in powerful…

SEVERAL young Britons have shared stories of the debilitating effects of long Covid in a new video released by the UK's National Health Services (NHS) on Monday (23), urging everyone to get their Covid jabs- amid a sharp rise in hospitalisation among young unvaccinated Britons.   Featuring several young Britons…

Government cracks down on Covid testing firms over misleading prices

CALLING on the “cowboy behaviour” of private testing companies, the UK government on Monday (23) announced that more than 80 Covid travel test providers listed on the government's website will now be issued two-strike warnings over misleading prices. As per the Department of health and social care (DHSC),  82 Covid…

UK rolls out new antibody test programme for COVID positives

The UK government on Sunday (22) announced the rollout of a new nationwide antibody surveillance programme, which will make free home antibody tests available for up to 8,000 COVID-positive people a day. The UK Health Security Agency will offer these finger-prick tests to help improve the understanding of immunity against…

UK-Asian medics discover breakthrough treatment to cure lung damage in…

COVID-19 survivors with severe lung damage, also called ‘fibrotic’ lung scarring, might be cured by a new breakthrough made by Dr Ashish Patel and Dr Bijan Modarai, vascular surgeons at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS hospital, stated reports on Sunday (22).   Under the new process, a bag of blood…

UK to offer Covid-19 antibody tests to Britons soon as…

BRITAIN is set to offer Covid-19 antibody testing to the general public in the coming week for the first time, state media reports today (22)  as a top expert has claimed that Covid anytime may "come roaring back" as long as it is not wiped completely from every part of…

Industry leaders write to home secretary Patel to ease immigration…

RANJIT SINGH BOPARAN, a British-Asian businessman, is among other industry leaders who has written a letter to the home secretary, Priti Patel, asking for the government to relax immigration rules to ease staff crunch post Brexit. Boparan, the billionaire founder of 2 Sisters Food Group, Filet Mignon said recently that…

Javid hopeful of experts go ahead for UK’s booster shots…

THE mass rollout of Covid-19 booster vaccines in Britain to residents over 50 this autumn could be shelved, with government scientists considering limiting third doses only to the most vulnerable, The Telegraph reported on Thursday (19). Britain's National Health Service (NHS) had drawn up plans to roll out a booster…

Editor’s Comment: Discussing diabetes

NEW research has warned of a worrying increase in the number of young people who have type 2 diabetes in the UK. Analysis by NHS Digital showed an estimated some 1,560 people aged 18 or under have the condition. The disease is known to be more severe in young people.…

‘Ethnic minority kidney transplant patients waiting for organs’

THERE is an urgent shortage of organs for kidney transplants among patients from Black, Asian, mixed-race and minority ethnic communities, says NHS Blood and Transplant today (19) in a new report, which also states that organ donation still remains a challenge in BAME communities. The body has announced a further…

Waiting list for NHS tests increased by 22 times in…

THERE was a 22 times increase this year in the number of people waiting more than three months for NHS tests when compared to 2019 mainly due to the backlog created by the pandemic, The Guardian reported. Almost 124,000 patients are waiting more than three months for NHS tests including…

EXCLUSIVE: Investigate GMC rulings against Asian doctors

“Colonial attitudes” leading to “disciplinary dice loaded against minority medics” The chair of the British Medical Association is demanding an independent investigation into the way south Asian and black doctors are being disciplined. Freedom of information figures obtained by Eastern Eye reveal that over the past 10 years, the General…

‘Young Asians must minimise risk factors related to diabetes’

YOUNG people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to be of Asian origin, new data revealed last Thursday (12). According to NHS Digital analysis, 122,780 children and young adults under the age of 40 are living with the disease in the UK. The condition affects 1,560 people aged 18…

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…

Self-isolation not needed for double-jabbed Britons

PEOPLE in England and Northern Ireland who have had two Covid vaccine doses need not have to isolate if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive. They no more have to quarantine for 10 days, but have been advised to take PCR test, which is also not…

Tory donor’s Covid-19 testing firms among companies under fire over…

TWO Covid-19 testing companies- one owned by a Tory donor and another by his son- are under scanner over complaints of exorbitant charges and poor service including giving late results, losing the sample and refusing refunds, a report said on Sunday (15).   1Rapid Clinics- a government-approved Covid-19 testing company-…

UK Universities open own vaccination centres to make campuses safer

TO BOOST uptake among students, UK Universities are setting up their own vaccination centres as they want to make campuses as safe as possible for the autumn term, The Guardian reported. As millions of students arriving in September, some universities are already warning freshers to get fully vaccinated, the report…

Javid sets Covid-19 vaccine target for 16 and 17-year-olds

ALL 16 and 17-year-olds in England will be offered their first Covid-19 vaccine dose by August 23, according to a target set by British health secretary Sajid Javid. Javid said on Sunday (15) that offering young people the vaccine by that date will allow the teenagers in that age bracket…

NHS Covid test price slashed for international arrivals

THE UK government has slashed the charges of NHS coronavirus tests for international arrivals to the country. Test and Trace tests have been cut from £88 to £68 for people arriving from green-listed countries and for those coming from amber-listed countries who are fully vaccinated. Besides, the price of two…

More than 1,500 children in England have type 2 diabetes,…

THE latest data has revealed that as many as 1,560 children in England aged 18 or under have type 2 diabetes which has historically only been diagnosed in people over the age of 40, The Guardian reported. Following the release of 2019-20 data, Diabetes UK charity has urged the government…

End of self-isolation for ‘pinged’ double-jabbed adults from Aug 16

FROM Monday (16), people who are double jabbed or aged under 18 will no longer be legally required to self-isolate even if they are identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case, the department of health and social care said on Thursday (12). Under the new rules people…

Councillors plan new scheme to boost Slough’s worst vaccinated area

CONCERNED councillors plan to develop a new scheme in a bid to boost Slough’s worst vaccinated area. Despite over half of the borough’s population being fully vaccinated, the town has one of the lowest uptakes in Berkshire. This concern was raised by councillor Rob Anderson (Lab: Britwell and Northborough), lead…

Jab rollout for UK under-18s moving cautiously, expert says

BRITAIN is taking a cautious approach as it decides how many under-18s should receive the Covid-19 vaccine. A scientist says there is a "delicate balance" between benefits and risks when it comes to inoculating the under-18s. As of now 75 per cent of UK adults have had both the shots,…

Exclusive: Artificial pancreas trial hailed as ‘new era for healthcare’

AN artificial pancreas trial currently running in the UK will help the healthcare sector leap to a new digital era, the NHS national speciality adviser for diabetes has said. As many as 1,000 NHS patients with type 1 diabetes are taking part in a study where their blood sugar levels…

More than three quarters of UK adults now double-jabbed against…

MORE than three quarters of adults in the UK have now received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, latest data shows. Moreover, according to the data 60,000 deaths and 66,900 hospitalisations have been prevented by the vaccines. A total of 86,780,455 doses have been administered in the UK, with 47,091,889…

Abusive behaviour towards NHS staff increased during Covid, reveals survey

A NEW survey has revealed that more than a third of NHS doctors have recently experienced verbal abuse including threats, The Guardian reported. Treatment delays and changes to the health service during Covid have increased abusive behaviour towards staff, it added. The British Medical Association (BMA) survey said that half…

NHS waiting lists could rise in England next year, report…

THERE could be up to 14 million people on NHS waiting lists in England by next autumn, a new analysis has suggested. It said as of now some five million are waiting for routine operations and procedures. However, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) say there is also a hidden…

GMB’s Dr Amir Khan contacts police over increasing online abuse…

NHS doctor Amir Khan, who regularly appears on ITV's Good Morning Britain and Lorraine, has revealed that he has sought police help after he was bombarded with a series of vile messages and death threats online, said recent reports.   Khan recently revealed that he has been receiving abusive messages…

UK’s medical and dentistry courses to have extra places

THERE will now be extra places on medical and dentistry courses in the UK universities as the cap has been adjusted to allow intake of 9,000 students for the 2021 courses. Backed by up to £10m in government support for the teaching of high-cost courses - medical and dentistry schools…

Retail workers seek tougher laws against verbal abuse and assault

Survey shows violent incidents in shops increased during the pandemic TOUGHER laws are needed to tackle rising levels of abuse and violence against shop workers, according to business owners and retail chiefs. Around 85.5 per cent of employees surveyed said they suffered verbal abuse in 2020, with 56.8 per cent…

Nightlife industry comes forward to support Covid vaccination

TO encourage more people to get their Covid jabs, leading figures of the nightlife industry – including venues Ministry of Sound and Heaven – have joined the vaccination drive. The industry will share vaccine messaging online and at their venues, along with Heaven hosting a vaccine event this Sunday (8),…

Asian origin nursing student rumored to be next ‘Islander’

A STUDENT nurse of Asian origin, who worked 12-hour shifts in the Covid-19 ward until a few months ago, may soon be the next "Islander" in the ITV show Love Island, recent media reports have claimed.   Priya Gopaldas, 23, is rumoured to be the upcoming contestant in the reality…

Asian minority pregnant women most vaccine-hesitant as cases swell in…

PREGNANT women in Black and Asian minority communities are most hesitant towards the Covid vaccine, claimed a medic, as hospitals across Birmingham continue to swell with Covid-contracted unvaccinated pregnant women with many requiring intensive care and premature emergency surgeries. Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust is now considering offering…

UK’s health service to measure race discrimination within primary care

ENGLAND's National Health Service (NHS) is set to measure race equality within the GP workforce, claimed a media report on Wednesday (4), after its recent report’s findings that pointed out rampant racism and bias against ethnic minority medics exist in the system at various levels from career progression and pay…

India moves to amber list as UK eases travel restrictions

INDIA has been moved from red list to amber list, as per UK government announcement made on early hours of Thursday (5). The move will be effective from Sunday (8).   The move implies that fully-vaccinated Britons and children upto the age of 18 need not quarantine or take the…

BAME staff at hospitals told to use ‘Western work names’

HOSPITAL line managers told Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff to go by “Western names” while on duty because their own are too hard to pronounce, a shocking inspection has revealed. Workers at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Trust (UHBW), which runs the BRI, Bristol Children’s Hospital and…

Dr Kailash Chand: A selfless life of service

IT WAS with a heavy heart that Eastern Eye reported the death last Monday (26) of Dr Kailash Chand, a friend and supporter of this newspaper for many years. This week, some of those who knew Dr Chand have paid tribute to him in a special memorial feature. Dr Chaand…

No NHS Covid pass for many UK citizens vaccinated overseas

THE double-jab status of some UK citizens vaccinated overseas was not recognised by the NHS though ministers had promised that the system would be changed to enable them to do so by July-end, reported The Guardian. Earlier, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi had reassured MPs that the government was working quickly…

UK to offer Covid vaccines for 16 and 17-year-olds soon

ABOUT 1.4 million teenagers, aged 16 and 17, in England will soon be offered Covid-19 vaccines, as per media reports on Wednesday (4), which claimed that Joint  Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will update the advice “imminently”.   It is not yet known when the jabs will start though…

Better accommodate women who experienced miscarriage, urge campaigners

CAMPAIGNERS have urged the government to completely overhaul medical services to better accommodate those who have experienced miscarriage, according to a report in The Guardian. They alleged that too many women do not receive support for anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after pregnancy loss, the report added. According to…

UK launches £7.5m trial to tackle low Covid vaccine take-up…

PREGNANT women are more likely to become seriously ill from Covid-19 and should get themselves vaccinated, department of health and social care said today (3) while announcing the launch of England’s largest clinical trial  to figure out the best interval time between the two doses of Covid-19 for pregnant women.…

Fewer Britons to get ‘pinged’ as government updates NHS Covid…

FEWER people will now get “pinged” after coming in close contact with a positive case as changes have been made in the NHS app, Department of Health and Social Care announced today (2). The announcement comes amid the widespread “pingdemic” as hundreds of thousands of Britons were told to self-isolate…

Covid booster shots for 32 million Britons to begin next…

BRITAIN is set to offer Covid vaccine booster dose to more than 32 million Britons from early next month, as per a report on Sunday (1).   The Covid booster dose campaign is expected to start as soon as Sept 6 to ensure that the rollout is completed by early…

Covid vaccine passport will not be mandatory for university students,…

COVID vaccine will not be mandatory for university students in England, Department for Education (DfE) said on Saturday (31), smashing rumors which stated that Covid vaccine passport may soon be made compulsory for students in England to attend lectures or stay in halls of residence.   As per a statement…

Fast food and taxi perks to lure young Britons to…

CHEAP taxi rides and discounts from the biggest food takeaway companies will be offered soon to unvaccinated young Britons in an attempt by prime minister Boris Johnson to boost the relatively low Covid-19 vaccine take-up among 18-30s.   Talks are on with Uber, Deliveroo and Pizza Pilgrims for offering incentives…

Amit Roy: Sajid ‘cowering’ from Tory right?

SAJID JAVID has written his “isolation diary” in the Spectator, expressing satisfaction that after more than a year in the political wilderness, he is back in the cabinet as health secretary. Matt Hancock’s misfortune brought Sajid good luck. He reveals, “my mum was delighted – like many Asian mothers she…

Oximeters less accurate for people from Asian and minority ethnic…

OXIMETERS can overestimate the amount of oxygen in black and minority ethnic people, NHS England and NHS Race and Health Observatory said on Sunday (1).    Official NHS guidance has been changed for the use of blood oxygen monitors after it was found that they may not be as accurate…

Johnson in trouble over introducing Covid vaccine passport ‘by stealth’

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has been accused of bringing in Covid vaccine passport “by stealth”, due to which he might be facing a hard time ahead, including a mini-rebellion from more than 50 Tory MPs, claimed media reports on Friday (30), adding that Liberal Democrats have called for scrapping…

Acknowledge your ‘unearned white privilege’, NHS to medics

DOCTORS and nurses in England’s National Health Service (NHS) are being trained on aspects of structural racism and white privilege, a recent media report claimed.   Medics in Northern Care Alliance, which covers two trusts and nearly 20,000 staff, have recently been offered guidance on “white privilege, structural racism and…

Shielding failed to prevent infection in most high-risk groups, Scottish…

A Scottish study has revealed that people advised to shield in the first wave of the pandemic were five times more likely to die from Covid-19 than those considered at low risk from the disease, the Guardian reported. The study, led by the University of Glasgow, has found that shielding…

UK lifts quarantine for fully-vaccinated travellers from US and EU

DOUBLE-vaccinated travellers from the US and European Union can now avoid quarantine when arriving in England from amber list countries, as per a government announcement recently made today (28).   The policy change was agreed at a top-level ministerial Covid meeting on Wednesday (28) afternoon, and will apply from 4…

Power List salute to Covid heroes

Rishi Sunak tops annual ranking of most influential Asians in the UK PANDEMIC heroes who went above and beyond their call of duty have been honoured in a special edition of the GG2 Power List, which ranks the 101 most influential Asians in Britain. Thirty Asian doctors, nurses and researchers…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Get your jab,’ says vaccine minister Zahawi

Over half south Asians still unprotected The vaccine minister, Nadim Zahawi, is urging south Asians not to waste the chance of getting a Covid vaccination. He also backed family doctors who are demanding patients continue to wear masks in surgeries, even though restrictions were lifted last week (19). In an…

‘People from ethnic minority doubles in top public roles in…

REPRESENTATION of minority ethnic communities in prominent public roles in Britain has more than doubled in the past four years, a report released on Monday (26) said, adding that the biggest increase in numbers is recorded in Asian men.   As per data collated by Operation Black Vote (OBV), there…

Dr Kailash Chand lived a ‘life of service to his…

AN award-winning former Tameside GP and leading NHS campaigner, Dr Kailash Chand OBE, has passed away at the age of 73. His son Dr Aseem Malhotra said on Twitter his father had suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday evening (26). Dr Chand was one of the most influential Asian doctors…

UK expands isolation-exempted sectors list to tackle staff shortage in…

UK government on Monday (26) expanded the list of "critical" sectors falling under daily testing pilot scheme so that its "named" double-jabbed workers can avoid self-isolation even when “pinged” by the NHS Covid app. To support the expansion of the scheme, some 1,200 new sites are being added to 800 already…

Former Tameside doctor and NHS campaigner Dr Kailash Chand dies…

AN award-winning former Tameside GP and leading NHS campaigner, Dr Kailash Chand OBE, has passed away at the age of 73. His son Dr Aseem Malhotra tweeted to say that his father had suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday evening (26). https://twitter.com/DrAseemMalhotra/status/1419734928133079041 Dr Chand was one of the most influential…

Johnson tweets about London floods as heavy rains hit capital

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has thanked emergency services and volunteers for helping families and businesses as torrential downpour and thunderstorms continue to cause scenes of chaos across London. Media reported heavy flooding, disruption of services in a couple of hospitals as well as in the capital’s rail services on…

RPS teams up with NHS to support colleagues abroad during…

THE Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and NHS England have joined forces to work with pharmacy colleagues internationally in countries such as India - supporting them in the fight against Covid. RPS and the NHS have been working closely with the UK government, including through the British High Commission in India,…

UK this week (July 19-24): Six highlights you should be…

WHILE the world kicked off Olympics in Tokyo, Britain saw an eventful and unusually hot week. Freedom was in the air as the country ended all the lockdown restrictions on July 19.   Here are some highlights of this week- July 19 to 24:   India opens medal tally  …

‘Pingdemic’ to cause weeks of disruption in food supply and…

ENGLAND is facing weeks of disruption in bin collection, transport and food supply due to acute staff shortage  caused by ‘pingdemic’, claimed media reports, days after the UK government announced a system to let more key workers in some selected sectors to take daily tests rather than isolate for 10-days.…

MPs urge caution as data reveals steep decline in proportion…

AN analysis of NHS test and trace data has revealed a steep decline in the proportion of positive tests being analysed for variants among people arriving from red list countries. Following the report, a cross-party group of MPs has warned that the government is “opening the floodgates” to new versions…

London mayor Sadiq Khan urges Johnson to change isolation rules

MAYOR of London Sadiq Khan has urged UK prime minister Boris Johnson to end self-isolation for contacts of Covid cases if they are fully vaccinated to save the country's economy from 'pingdemic', stated media reports.   The mayor reportedly has written to Johnson  on Friday (23) asking for a change…

Scientists back Covid boosters as study reveals ‘substantial’ fall in…

RESEARCHERS have backed proposals for Covid boosters in the autumn as UK studies revealed that protective antibodies can wane substantially within weeks of second vaccine shots, reported the Guardian. Scientists said that if the decline of antibodies persist the effectiveness of the vaccines may diminish. The UCL Virus Watch study…

Labour holds on to crucial council seat in Wirral byelection…

LABOUR has held onto an important council seat in a byelection triggered by a resignation last month. In early June, Labour’s Sarah Spoor resigned her seat on Wirral Council, saying she was struggling to balance council duties with her family life and job. This left a vacant seat in the…

South Asian NHS leaders raise more than £46,000 for India…

A NETWORK of South Asian National Health Service (NHS) leaders has taken initiative as a voluntary staff network to raise more than £46,000 (with gift aid) to support India’s healthcare response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The South Asian NHS leaders’ group – APNA NHS (Our NHS) – was deeply touched…