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Doctors back British Indian medic’s call for Covishield vaccine safety…

A number of Indian medical experts on Monday supported calls from an eminent British Indian cardiologist for a full safety review into the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, administered in India as Covishield, over feared serious side effects such as heart attack and stroke. Dr Aseem Malhotra, a National…

Expert warns against peeing ‘just in case’ before leaving house…

Going to the bathroom 'just in case' before a long car ride or big walk is a common practice, but a pelvic floor specialist has warned that it may not be good for the bladder in the long run, despite providing peace of mind, the Mirror reports. The expert has…

Felt it was my dharma to take over as UK…

Rishi Sunak has spoken of his motivation behind taking on the top job at 10 Downing Street in the wake of intense political turmoil last year as his “dharma”. In a televised interview with ‘Talk TV’ host Piers Morgan at his Downing Street home to mark 100 days in the…

Sunak marks 100 days as PM with pledge to deliver…

Rishi Sunak marked his 100th day in office as the first non-white British Prime Minister on Thursday with a slick new video for social media pledging to deliver change, amidst multiple challenges, including spiralling inflation. The UK's first Indian-origin Prime Minister took charge at 10 Downing Street a day after…

21-year-old woman tragically dies after nose job goes horribly wrong

Rhinoplasty, often called a "nose job," is a surgical procedure to alter the shape of the nose by reshaping the bone or cartilage. It is one of the most frequently performed plastic surgeries. Tragically, a 21-year-old woman, Karen Julieth Cárdenas Uribe, recently passed away following a catastrophic nose job procedure.…

Speak out to bring offenders to justice, says London paramedic…

A paramedic who was sexually assaulted by a patient in London has spoken out about her ‘sickening’ experience and urged people to report offensive behaviours to seek justice.Ilford resident Naveed Ahmed, 35, who groped London Ambulance Service (LAS) paramedic Charlotte Miller and exposed himself was jailed for nine months in…

Health trends to try in 2023-Mita Mistry

THE wellbeing market is set to boom this year and it’s hardly surprising. The return of ‘normal life’ happened at such an immense speed in 2022 that it left many feeling quite exhausted. Last year, gym memberships soared, menopause became mainstream, and more people than ever ran marathons. A global…

M Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin receives positive first…

Night Shyamalan’s latest film Knock at the Cabin, which is based on the 2018 novel The Cabin at the End of the World, has received positive first reactions. The film screened on January 25 ahead of its theatrical release on February 3. Knock at the Cabin, which marks the talented…

Why making migrants feel welcome matters

DOWNING STREET had a make-over last week. There were hanging lanterns in the staircases alongside the portraits of former prime ministers. Cherry blossom and auspicious orchids decorated the reception rooms. Rishi Sunak was celebrating Lunar New Year, noting that the year of the rabbit’s traditional association with peace and prosperity…

‘We are stretched’ and A&E department is ‘on a knife…

Accident and emergency departments in UK hospitals are reeling under enormous pressure due to a shortage of beds and strikes by staff during the thick of flu season.A record 54,532 people waited for more than 12 hours once arriving at A&E in December, according to NHS England.The average wait for…

Leicester woman believes prompt treatment could have saved elderly father

A Leicester woman believes her ailing father would not have died if he had received prompt treatment during the Christmas-New Year period when the healthcare system came under pressure.Gurmukh Banwait, 75, complained of breathing difficulties on December 26 but there were delays in the ambulance service. On December 28, he…

Junior doctor Vaishnavi Kumar’s note blamed Birmingham hospital for her…

Junior doctor Vaishnavi Kumar who took her own life in June last year blamed Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), where she worked, for her extreme step, according to her suicide note.“I am sorry mum, I can blame the whole thing on the QEH,” she said in the note revealed by…

Mental health racial bias ‘still persists’ and on some key…

The joint committee on the draft mental health bill has said that mental health racial bias still persists and may even be getting worse. The report urged ministers to use legislation to address racial disparity which is prevalent in the mental health sector in England and Wales, The Guardian reported.…

Nurses in England stage new walk-out over pay

Nurses across England began two days of strikes over pay on Wednesday, threatening fresh disruption for patients in the creaking state-run health service, as new figures showed inflation still surging. The walkout comes after nurses held their union's first stoppage in more than a century last month, joining a wave…

Lord Rami Ranger hosts special dinner in support of Maidenhead…

Long-time Tory supporter Lord Rami Ranger CBE has hosted a special dinner in support of the Maidenhead Conservative association at the Carlton Club in London on January 11. Former prime minister Theresa May MP was the guest of honour and Indian high commissioner Vikram Doraiswami was the special guest at…

Indian actor Mamta Mohandas diagnosed with vitiligo – All you…

Malayalam actor Mamta Mohandas has revealed that she has been diagnosed with vitiligo, which is an autoimmune disorder that causes the skin to lose colour. Taking to her Instagram account, the actor of ‘Jana Gana Mana’ fame has posted selfies, along with the hashtags – autoimmune disease, vitiligo, ‘embrace the…

Young woman dreams of ‘full head of hair’ but in…

It is estimated that in the UK, trichotillomania, or TTM, affects around 350,000 people. and most of them are women. According to the NHS, TTM, also known as trich, is when a person cannot resist the urge to pull out their hair. They may reportedly pull out the hair on…

Racist nurse who called colleague ‘the black one’ to be…

An NHS nurse in Croydon who called colleague 'the black one' to be struck off from service for misconduct and racist behaviour, according to a report. Katrina Mclaughlin, who was a registered nurse with Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, was suspended with the intention of being struck off after the…

‘Overworked’ junior doctor says he has no time to eat…

A junior doctor in Birmingham has said that he sometimes 'doesn't have time to eat' during demanding 13-hour shifts as thousands of doctors plan going on strike over pay and conditions. Dr Shivam Sharma is one among many who is willing to vote in favour of industrial action saying this…

‘Alcohol goes to your brain within five minutes’: Neurosurgeon warns…

According to data from the NHS, 1 in 3 drivers who are killed in road traffic accidents is over the legal alcohol limit. Also, each year, there are reportedly 280 fatalities due to drink driving. After losing his 18-year-old son to drink driving, a US-based neurosurgeon Dr Brian Hoeflinger has…

More Black, Asian heritage donors needed to help patients seeking…

A new report published on Thursday (12) by NHS Blood and Transplant has shown that there is a significant requirement for more organ donors of Black and Asian heritage to help the growing number of patients seeking life-saving transplants. NHS Blood and Transplant is a joint England and Wales Special…

Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak admitted on Wednesday he had used private healthcare in the past, breaking weeks of silence over whether he had any experience of Britain's state-run National Health Service which is in a state of crisis. With thousands of nurses and ambulance workers on strike over pay,…

UK ambulance strikes are terrifying for patients: Sunak

The current round of strikes among British ambulance workers is terrifying for patients in need of urgent care, prime minister Rishi Sunak said, while trade unions have blamed the government for not stepping in sooner to resolve the pay dispute. "What's terrifying is that right now, people not knowing whether…

Tale of two speeches

TWO years is a long time in politics, but only a short time in government. That challenge of political pace-making presented different dilemmas to Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer, as the prime minister and Labour leader, respectively, gave keynote speeches last week to kickstart the penultimate year of this…

Actor Jameela Jamil suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) – All…

British actor Jameela Jamil recently revealed that she suffers from a rare genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). According to the Ehlers-Danlos website, EDS is a group of 13 “heritable connective tissue disorders” caused by genetic changes that affect connective tissue. Taking to her Instagram page, Jameela shared a video…

Sunak backs ‘radical’ action to resolve healthcare crisis

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Saturday called for "bold and radical" action to reform the crisis-hit state healthcare system as he held emergency talks with health leaders. After years of underfinancing, the NHS state-funded health service is struggling to meet the demand for emergency medical care during a particularly…

Sunak to meet health service leaders as the crisis drags…

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will on Saturday meet leaders of England's health service, as it faces one of its toughest-ever winters as flu and COVID-19 spread amid strike action by frontline staff who say high inflation has eroded their salaries. Ambulances have been queuing outside hospitals, facing long waits to…

New study lauds digital apps’ potential to tackle health inequalities

A new analysis of National Health Service (NHS) data has revealed a lack of coordination which is limiting insight into how online healthcare services and apps are used by ethnicity and to tackle health inequalities. A new report published on Friday (6) by the NHS Race and Health Observatory reviews…

Adele reveals she suffers with ‘bad sciatica’ – Here’s all…

English singer Adele has revealed that she is suffering from a debilitating back condition called sciatica. The 34-year-old award-winning singer who was seen limping across the stage at a New Year’s Eve concert, told her fans, “I have a wobble these days because I have really bad sciatica.” According to…

‘Studying Britain’s past will help shape its future’

CHRISTMAS DAY was the first time that a king’s speech has been televised to the nation. King Charles’s Christmas message took care to acknowledge the economic anxieties many people are facing, praised the contribution of public services and the civic spirit shared across faiths in modern Britain. This tradition began…

Calorie counting ‘complete nonsense’ and pointless?

A top dietician has warned that calorie counting does not help with weight loss and is in fact ‘complete nonsense.’ Calorie counting refers to keeping account of the number of calories you eat. It is a method to maintain your weight. Professor Tim Spector, a nutrition expert reportedly claims that…

Shocking! Record number of ‘foreign objects’ found in UK patients…

New NHS figures reveal a record number of 'foreign objects' including scalpel blades, swabs, gauze, drill bits, and other surgical tools, were left in patients during surgeries conducted in 2021/22. According to an analysis last year, surgeons supposedly fished out these objects from inside patients. Blunders that involve items that…

‘Who will it be tomorrow?’, asks daughter whose father died…

A 58-year-old Birmingham man died after waiting for three hours for an ambulance on Christmas Eve. His daughter, Minnie Rahman, took to Twitter to describe the tragedy and said that he died with his presents still unwrapped only ten feet away. After no beds could be found in the Midlands,…

What is Dexa scan, the new Indian cricket team’s selection…

Ahead of the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to increase the focus on players’ fitness and has thus, reintroduced the Yo-Yo test and Dexa scans as criteria for the selection of the Indian national team. India is set to…

These are the 20 most painful health conditions, according to…

There are many illnesses and ailments that can leave us feeling debilitated and interfere with the way we go about our daily lives. In fact, we all feel different kinds of physical pain in our lives from time to time. However, certain conditions can cause severe pain which can affect…

Pandemic amplified heart-linked deaths

Patients’ inability to get preventive drugs during the pandemic has contributed to the surge in excess deaths since the spring, experts believe.Sir Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, warned ministers that several middle-aged people are dying of heart conditions because they did not get blood pressure medicines during…

Windrush 75th anniversary sees huge support from British society: ‘Like…

The 75th anniversary of the arrival of HMT Empire Windrush in the UK, which marked a key moment in the country's history of migration, is a "Diamond Jubilee for modern, diverse Britain", according to campaigners. Voices from across British society – from sport and culture to politics, faith and business…

Breakthrough NHS treatment transforms the life of Sanah Shaikh, who…

For a woman from Manchester, her Sickle Cell condition was so painful that she once thought it might end her life, but a new revolutionary NHS treatment gave her a new hope and she now feels "as if she has wings". Sanah Shaikh is one of the first patients in…

NHS App hits more than 30m sign-ups, including 7m fresh…

More patients in millions across England are benefitting from easier access to their health records and medical services through the NHS (National Health Service) App, as sign-ups went past 30 million -- including seven million new ones in the year that just went by. The app, which launched four years…

Oops! Doncaster hospital mistakenly texts patients they have cancer instead…

A hospital in South Yorkshire accidentally texted patients mass "aggressive lung cancer" messages instead of extending them their intended "Merry Christmas" greetings, CBS News reported. The text messages were sent to the patients at Askern Medical Center in South Yorkshire, Doncaster on December 23. Patients were also asked to fill…

UK’s problems won’t go away in 2023, warns Sunak in…

Rishi Sunak struck a cautious note with his first New Year message as British Prime Minister on Saturday (31) as he warned that the UK’s problems won’t go away in 2023, at the end of an “tough” 12 months. The 42-year-old Indian-origin leader, who took charge as the UK’s Prime…

New Year honours: Professor Partha Dasgupta leads British Asian recognition…

A Cambridge professor who is a leading global figure in the economics of the natural environment, Professor Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta; COP-26 president Alok Sharma and drinks company Diageo’s CEO Ivan Menezes are among prominent Asians who have been recognised in the New Year Honour’s List published late last Friday…

Osteoporosis: Best foods for women to prevent weakening of bones

The NHS informs that osteoporosis is a health condition that makes bones weak, which makes them fragile and more likely to break. Osteoporosis is usually diagnosed after 50 years of age when one suffers back pain, poster change or fractures. However, years before such symptoms appear, it can affect your…

Molnupiravir doesn’t reduce Covid-19 hospitalisation/deaths in vaccinated people at high…

Researchers from the University of Oxford on December 22 released findings from a clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of the antiviral treatment molnupiravir against Covid-19 – the first treatment tested in the ongoing PANORAMIC (Platform Adaptive trial of NOvel antiviRals for eArly treatMent of COVID-19 In the Community) trial. In…

British soldier, who survived multiple gunshots in Ukraine war and…

A British army veteran from Bristol has been nicknamed Rambo by colleagues after he survived multiple shrapnel wounds in battle with Russian troops in Ukraine. Shareef Amin, 40, a former soldier in Britain's 1st Battalion 'The Rifles', suffered injuries to every limb but said that he is ready to do…

NHS wants interview panels to explain the selection of white…

NHS bosses want interview panels to prepare a report explaining why they hired a white person over someone from an ethnic minority background, according to a report. Staff at the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust in north London are told to prepare reports justifying why the successful candidate was 'suitable’…

Social workers being deployed at Scottish hospitals to ease pressure

Social care workers are being deployed to crowded hospitals in Scotland to cope with pressure during the Christmas season. Shortages of hospital beds have resulted in long queues of patients at hospitals and the cold weather during December and early January could compound the situation with surges in Covid-19 and…

Sunak ‘disappointed’ by disruption caused by strikes

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Friday he was disappointed about disruption caused by strikes by unions representing workers in sectors including rail, health and border staff. "I'm really sad and disappointed about the disruption that has been caused to so many people's lives, particularly at Christmas time," Sunak…

NHS nurse, kids’ death cause revealed: Indian man accused of…

Saju Chelavalel, accused of murdering his wife, a National Health Service (NHS) nurse and her two children under seven, reportedly choked them to death, The Sun reported. The accused has appeared in court. Chelavalel has been charged with the killings of Anju Ashok, 35, and the two kids -- Jeeva Saju,…

England reports 94 deaths due to scarlet fever so far…

England reported 94 deaths, including those of 21 children, from scarlet fever and invasive strep A infections so far this season the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said on Thursday. The British government last week said it was enacting protocols to ease shortages of penicillin medicines used to treat strep…

EXCLUSIVE: “Tackle mental health Tsunami”

THE bosses of 20 mental health organisation have written an open letter to the prime minister to step in and stop suicides which are being caused by the cost-of-living crisis. The message, seen by Eastern Eye, warns Rishi Sunak that “people living in the most deprived 10 per cent of…

Gravesend couple who fears their son could die if he…

A Gravesend couple is suing a GP whose negligence they believe has left their son with a now-irreversible heart complication. Azlan Chowdhury, 10, who loves football, could die if he goes for a kickabout due to Kawasaki disease which was not diagnosed in time when he was six months old,…

Use common sense as ambulance workers strike, says Health Secretary…

Britain's health minister Steve Barclay on Wednesday said people should use their common sense as the healthcare system will be under pressure as ambulance workers strike on Wednesday. "I think just use their common sense the system will be under very significant pressure," he told BBC News. "I think people…

Preet Gill MP seeks public inquiry into patient safety at…

Birmingham Edgbaston’s MP Preet Gill has urged the health secretary to hold a public inquiry into the alleged “toxic culture” at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) that has had an “alarming impact” on staff and patient care. In a letter to Steve Barclay, Gill said she was “inundated” by messages from…

Salisbury plastic surgeon had 106 child abuse images on phone,…

An experienced plastic surgeon stored dozens of serious category child abuse images in his phone, a court heard.Mansoor Khan, 53, has been facing three charges of making indecent images of children following an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA).He was arrested and suspended from Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust in…

Health alert! Here’s why you shouldn’t spend more than 10…

According to a recent survey in the UK, it was found that on average, in a week, Brits spend three and a half hours sitting on the toilet. Nowadays, many people spend a lot of time sitting in the toilet, as this place tends to provide some kind of refuge…

Sunak ‘as angry as anyone else’ about migrant crisis and…

Prime minister Rishi Sunak has said he is “determined” to tackle the migrant crisis which is eating into the UK’s taxpayers’ money.As the number of migrants and asylum seekers illegally crossing the English Channel in small boats has already reached record levels, the government’s policy to deport them to Rwanda…

Husband charged with triple murder of NHS nurse, 2 kids…

The male suspect being questioned by UK police in connection with the murder of an Indian nurse and her two children has been charged with three counts of murder and will appear in court on Monday (19). Saju Chelavalel, 52, known locally as the husband of the deceased nurse Anju…

Male suspect being questioned over NHS nurse, kids murders in…

A 52-year-old man arrested on suspicion of the triple murders of an Indian nurse and her two young children discovered with serious injuries at their home in Kettering is continued to be questioned, the police said on Saturday (17). Northamptonshire Police named the victims on Friday as 35-year-old Anju Asok…

Drinking diet coke can increase risk of anxiety – Study

Anxiety is “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure,” informs The American Psychological Association. People may feel anxious due to several different things. According to the NHS, this could include phobias, the current cost of living, or conditions such as OCD…

‘Racial Bias’ hits Asian mothers

URGENT action needs to be taken to tackle racial health inequalities in maternity care, the NHS’s policy lead on race equality has told Eastern Eye, after a damning report found that the majority of interventions over the last 40 years did not include a specific focus on race, ethnicity or…

NHS won’t survive unless we start making fundamental reform: Sajid…

Former health secretary Sajid Javid has called for an “honest debate” on funding the NHS to make the health organisation sustainable for the future.He did not specify how it should be funded but suggested the UK should emulate Germany and France which run hybrid health systems.In Germany, employees pay seven…

Anorexia and bulimia: Everything about the eating disorders that tormented…

During a recent episode of The Checkup With Dr David Agus on Paramount+ the 84-year-old, actor and activist Jane Fonda spoke about her struggle with both the eating disorders anorexia and bulimia which she supposedly battled during her teens. According to health experts, an eating disorder is defined as a…

Issa brothers planning dental practice facility in Blackburn

Blackburn’s Issa brothers are planning to build a dental practice in the northern English town with a local councillor calling it a step “in the right direction”, a media report said.The building is expected to come up on a site where St Peter’s church once stood in the south-western outskirts…

UK nurses stage unprecedented walkout

UK nurses on Thursday staged an unprecedented one-day strike as a "last resort" in their fight for better wages and working conditions, despite warnings it could put patients at risk. Up to 100,000 members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are stopping work…

South Asians urged to get life saving GP checks as…

An NHS campaign backed by South Asian healthcare professionals is encouraging people with potential cancer symptoms to come forward for life saving checks. Despite abdominal and urological cancers making up nearly half of all cancer diagnoses in England, as well as two in five cancer deaths, new data reveals that…

Retiring chair says racism still runs through Derbyshire NHS

Derbyshire’s Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust chairman Prem Singh who is leaving office on Thursday has said bullying and racism still run through the state-funded organisation.His retirement caps his 47-year-long health service, having started as a nurse in 1975 around the time he relocated to the UK from Malaysia…

Protect yourself from Covid-19 & flu this winter with the…

As the weather gets colder, more of us naturally take to gather indoors, especially as the festive celebrations get underway. However, the reality is that with Covid-19 and flu around, the most vulnerable amongst us, including those with long-term health conditions, are still at risk of getting seriously ill from…

Winter vagina: What is it and should you be worried?

Now with the temperature dropping, you may now have to worry about a seasonal genital concern. A midwife has warned that the change in temperature can supposedly be problematic for your private parts and can cause a 'winter vagina' which can be bad news for your sex life. Mary Burke,…

Abolition of non-dom status won’t drive people away from UK:…

Abolition of non-domicile tax status would not drive people away from Britain, shadow health secretary Wes Streeting said, citing ‘a case in point in Downing Street’.Prime minister Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty agreed to pay taxes in the UK on her worldwide income after her non-dom status became the subject…

Preet Kaur Gill MP seeks independent review into claims of…

Preet Kaur Gill MP has sought an independent inquiry into the allegations of historic toxicity and bullying at University Hospitals Birmingham.She said reviews already announced by the NHS Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care Board (ICB) would not go far enough.The MP Birmingham Edgbaston MP and shadow cabinet minister for international…

Teenage girls should be taught about ‘fertility’

It has been noted that generally, by the time women in the UK have their first child they are over the age of 30 – this is up from 26.4 years in the mid-1070s. According to experts, women are most fertile in their twenties and fertility tends to decline after…

New study finds gaps in ethnicity research in maternal care

The NHS Race and Health Observatory has been calling for the development of a central data repository to map improvements around reducing poor outcomes in maternal and neonatal healthcare for Black, Asian and ethnic minority women. And now, a new research carried out by the independent health organisation, the University of…

Colourful portrait of a community’s Endurance

SHANTI PANCHAL ON HIS ART JOURNEY AND NEW PUBLIC WORK Venture into Brixton tube station in London and you will see a stunning piece of art by Shanti Panchal. The magnificent mural titled Endurance is a beautiful reproduction of a large-scale water colour artwork about the power of community, represented…

More than 10,000 people in UK given defective knee implants

More than 10,000 patients have been given a faulty knee replacement, thereby doubling the risk of joint failure, the Telegraph reveals. In October, the manufacturer of the implant which has been in use since 2003, reportedly withdrew it from the market. Apparently, the UK health regulator the Medicines and Healthcare…

UK universities to woo Indian students with ‘bring your family’…

Britain’s universities have tied up with consultancy organisations which recruit Indian students with an offer that they can bring their families to the UK, a media report said. The universities pay commissions to the agents who market “graduate visas” and help potential Indian students get visas for their dependents, according…

Here is all you need to know about the Strep…

Six school children in the UK have died this winter after contracting Strep A as the outbreak of this life-threatening disease continues to spread across Britain. The Strep A bacteria can be life-threatening and lead to scarlet fever, which was widespread in the Victorian era, the Daily Mail informs. While…

Shun dairy products if you have acne, warns Dermatologist

According to the NHS, acne is a common skin condition that can affect most people at some point. Though it is commonly linked to hormonal changes levels during puberty, it can start at any age. And although acne cannot be cured, it can be controlled and managed with proper treatment.…

UK government could bring in military to ease strike action,…

The British government is looking at bringing in the military to help keep public services running if key workers, including in the state-run NHS, take strike action, the chairman of the governing Conservative Party said on Sunday (4). Britain is already grappling with industrial action in a range of sectors,…

Funding worth £700k to address organ shortage, blood & stem…

As part of the UK government and NHS's commitment to tackle health inequalities for those in need of life-saving transplants or regular blood transfusions, funding worth £700,000 to address the shortage of organ, blood, and stem cell donors from Black, Asian and mixed ethnic backgrounds has been announced. In a…

Buckinghamshire child dies from Strep A infection as toll in…

A primary school child in Buckinghamshire died of Strep A as the total number of fatalities from the bacterial infection in the UK has gone up to four.Muhammad Ibrahim Ali, 4, died on November 14, following a cardiac arrest, his family confirmed, saying “nothing will replace” the loss.Ali’s grieving mother…

St John Ambulance trustee Mohan Mansigani honoured at Buckingham Palace

Finance trustee at St John Ambulance, Mohan Mansigani, has received his Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from HRH The Princess Royal – the charity’s Commandant-in-Chief (Youth) – during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, November 30. St John Ambulance is England’s leading first…

Rotherham: Hospital promises independent investigation into death of boy, 5;…

An independent investigation will be conducted into the death of a five-year-old boy who could not be admitted to a South Yorkshire hospital apparently because of the shortages of “beds and doctors”.Yusuf Mahmud Nazir who had suffered a throat infection was taken to Rotherham Hospital but the staff expressed their…

EXCLUSIVE: “Ticking time of disparities”

Civic leaders, MPs, experts and senior doctors have warned that the UK is sitting on a “ticking time bomb of disparities” among south Asian and black communities. They told Eastern Eye that the 2021 census figures, released on Tuesday (29 November) should raise concerns among government. They urged ministers to…

Do you use paper clips or toothpicks to remove ear…

A survey comprising 1, 400 people conducted by the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) has found that two-thirds of those suffering from ear wax were told that the removal of ear wax services was no longer available on the NHS. Therefore, as many GPs are no longer offering…

Mistakes at the UK COVID testing lab may have led…

England's government agency responsible for responding to public health emergencies said mistakes at a testing laboratory led to misreporting of tens of thousands of positive COVID-19 cases as negative and may have resulted in the deaths of about 20 people. Britain has one of the highest coronavirus death tolls in…

Alzheimer’s Society hails ‘game-changing’ results for lecanemab drug

Alzheimer's Society and professor Sir John Hardy on Wednesday (30) hailed 'game-changing' results for Alzheimer's drug lecanemab which can slow cognitive decline in patients. Preliminary data from a trial of lecanemab was released in September and found it slowed cognitive decline by 27 per cent across an 18-month period. The…

Dr Ranj Singh slams British Curry Awards for ‘racist joke’

NHS doctor and TV presenter Ranj Singh took exception to a 'racist' joke at the British Curry Awards delivered by a 'white guest presenter'. He quoted the host as saying on Monday night: “Why has India never won the World Cup? Because every time they get a corner, they build…

Diphtheria infections rise in Britain: All you need to know…

According to health officials, compared to a single case of diphtheria in 2020, there have now been 50 confirmed cases of the disease discovered in migrants in the UK since the start of 2022. The 50 cases of this disease this year is a significant increase from last year, as…

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh UK observes Parliament week

The Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) UK has hosted activities in 44 shakhas (branches) across the country as part of the UK Parliament week observations for the sixth year, a statement said. UK Parliament week, which takes place in November, targets to involve the entire young population, including members of the…

Multilingual street champions to give advice on winter vaccination

Multilingual street champions will be present in the streets of London over the next few weeks to give free advice and information about Covid-19 and flu vaccinations, a statement said. The NHS, Department of Health and Social Care and UK Health Security Agency are working with local communities to share…

Hot water bottles can cause second and third-degree burns, experts…

With the temperatures dropping and heating bills increasing this winter, in the UK, many people may rely on the hot water bottle to keep warm. However, a doctor has issued an urgent warning regarding injuries that can be caused due to this warming appliance. Though hot water bottles are an…

‘Can’t pull a bed out of the air’: Family claims…

A five-year-old boy who died of new pneumonia on Monday could have been saved if a South Yorkshire hospital positively responded to the pleas for his treatment, his family said. Yusuf Mahmud Nazir, who went back home after Rotherham General Hospital said it had no doctors or beds to treat…

‘Tired and fed up’: UK nurses driven to join other…

"We're tired. We're fed up. We need a pay rise now to make a living," said Ameera, a senior nurse in a London hospital who is going on strike. Dates for the nursing's first strike in 106 years were announced on Friday, as union leaders and health workers blamed overwork,…

Getting your winter vaccines in pregnancy is just as important…

Pregnant women are eligible for both free flu and Covid-19 booster vaccine this winter. Pregnancy can be an exciting, yet vulnerable time for any woman, but Covid-19 fears and isolation have added an extra strain. It feels like it is all behind us now, but viruses like Covid-19 and flu…

Indians overtake Chinese as largest group of foreign students in…

Indian students have for the first time overtaken Chinese as the largest group of foreign students studying in the UK with a massive 273 per cent hike in visas granted over the past few years, according to the country’s official immigration statistics released on Thursday (24). The UK Home Office…

Five Victorian diseases that are making a comeback

According to data obtained from the NHS, Victorian-era diseases are making a comeback, reports the Mirror. The ‘Victorian’ or ‘Dickensian’ diseases that are remarkedly on the rise include scarlet fever and malnutrition. Over the past few months, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has reportedly revealed that scarlet fever and…

This London Chef aims to feed 5,000 nurses and raise…

With the cost of living crisis forcing the NHS nurses to visit food banks and take strike action, one young chef Niaz Caan, from London’s Brick Lane has taken it upon himself to bring a nutritious hot meal to weary hospital staff members this winter and to also appeal to…

UK’s alcohol problem leading to increased strain on relationships

In the UK, the misuse of alcohol is estimated to cost the NHS £3.6 billion a year. Also, crime related to alcohol in England and Wales was estimated to cost society about £11.4 billion a year. At present, a report has suggested that an increasing number of relationships are breaking…

Asian-origin family claims NHS’ racial stereotyping caused senior member’s death:…

A grieving family has alleged that racial stereotyping by a hospital in London led to the death of one of its senior members, whose Hepatitis C remained undiagnosed for decades, Channel 4 News reported. Sultana Chowdhury, who had moved to the UK from Bangladesh in the late 1980s, was allegedly…

Speculation about Kim Kardashian’s weight loss leads to soaring demand…

In February, the National Institute for Health, and Care Excellence (NICE) approved a weekly jab for obese patients with weight-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, or for those at high risk of a heart attack, as losing weight can help protect against these health issues. However, when in May,…

Everything you need to know about Raynaud’s disease which affects…

Around 10 million people in the UK live with Raynaud’s disease, a condition which is often triggered by cold weather and icy temperatures. However, over three-quarters of people in England have never heard of this disease, which is more common in females, and especially among young women and teenagers, the…

Chris Hemsworth reveals he’s at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s…

According to the NHS, the cause of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is not fully understood, but a few things are thought to increase an individual’s risk of developing the condition. Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth recently revealed that he is at a high risk of developing Alzheimer's, The Sun informs. The 39-year-old…

West London man died of cancerous kidney transplant, inquest hears

A west London man died within a year of a kidney transplant as the doctors had not realised the organ the patient had received had been cancerous, an inquest heard. Parminder Sidhu, 49, who was working as a DHL airside loader, underwent the transplant at Hammersmith Hospital in April 2021.…

Doctor claims 30 seconds of morning sun reduces cancer risk…

Dr Mohammad Muneeb Khan, an NHS doctor and consultant clinical oncologist at Queen's Centre for Oncology and Haematology has claimed that spending 30 seconds every day in the early morning sun could cut the risk of getting cancer. According to the doctor who is based in Yorkshire, spending just 30…

Taking paracetamol could come with a dangerous side effect –…

The first medication people reach for to alleviate headaches, pains or fever is paracetamol or acetaminophen. However, scientists have now warned people who take paracetamol over a strange and dangerous side effect. A study has found that those who take the drug, which is the UK’s most trusted painkiller are…

NHS medic set to become first UK surgeon to perform…

Some 21 months after becoming paralysed waist-down and having undergone multiple spinal operations, an NHS surgeon is creating history on Thursday. Mohammed Belal is set to become the first doctor in the UK to conduct surgery after being paralysed. The neuro-urology surgeon, who suffered spinal injuries when he was hit…

Ambika Mod among 33 talents across film, TV, and game…

BAFTA Breakthrough recently unveiled its creatives for the year 2022. This Is Going To Hurt star Ambika Mod is among the 33 talents across film, TV, and game who have been selected for the 2022 edition of Bafta Breakthrough. Mod, who was also chosen as a 2022 Screen Star of…

How much is your family spending for healthcare?

One way of saving money on essential medicines and medical supplies is to take advantage of online deals and discounts such as this Lloyds Pharmacy discount code, so that you can stay within your budget. How much does the average family spend? Recent statistics show that the healthcare costs have increased over the past…

What is anaemia as Olivia Attwood forced to quit I’m…

English television personality Olivia Attwood has revealed that she dropped out of the British survival reality show in a jungle environment - I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! after a couple of days of shooting due to being “dangerously anaemic,” the Independent, reports. The condition was spotted during a…

Having slightly unripe bananas every day can reduce risk of…

A recent study claims that slightly unripe bananas can help to reduce the risk of cancer in people with a family history of the disease. Many Britons enjoy this potassium-rich fruit as part of a healthy breakfast, as a snack or simply to get a boost of energy during the…

500,000 UK workers leave workforce due to long-term sickness

According to an analysis published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of people who are “economically inactive” and have left the workforce due to long-term sickness has risen by almost half a million and is around 2.5 million this summer. In 2019, this number was around 2.0…

British Asians suffer largest fall in planned hospital care during…

British Asians experienced a much larger fall than other groups in planned hospital care during the pandemic, new analysis has revealed, highlighting how the health emergency worsened racial disparities. While age- and sex-standardised procedure rates fell by 44 per cent in the white group, the drop in elective procedure rates…

Trendy vitamin IV drips may be dangerous – doctors warn

Doctors have warned that trendy vitamin IV drips do not work and may be dangerous. In the past few years, celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Chrissy Teigen have all posted on social media, pictures of themselves undergoing the therapy – triggering an increase in its popularity with clinics…

Ten million stories of migration to Britain

Ten million people who were born abroad live in Britain today. The Office of National Statistics tells the story of the ten million in numbers. Foreign-born residents rose from 7.5 million, 13.4% of the population, to 16.8%, almost one in six. Just over a third, 3.6 million, came from the…

EXCLUSIVE: MPs urge ministers stop demonising immigrants

The government must embrace immigrants who take risks setting up businesses, create jobs, and contribute billions of pounds to Britain’s economy. That is the call from MPs and business leaders who have spoken to Eastern Eye. They have told this newspaper that the home secretary, Suella Braverman, should be ashamed…

Over 300 doctors attend BAPIO annual conference & awards dinner…

More than 300 doctors representing diverse specialties took part in the annual conference and gala awards dinner of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) UK was held at the City Hall in Cardiff, Wales, between Friday (4) and Sunday (6). BAPIO represents Indian-origin doctors working in the…

A third of people at risk of depression and anxiety…

Depression and anxiety affect one in five adults in the UK. Doctors often prescribe exercise as a treatment for those suffering from depression. Now, a study has suggested that a third of people at risk of mental health issues can avoid it with regular exercise. A study involving more than…

Nadia Sharif: Shocking treatment by hospital, teenager ‘dragged down a…

The family of Nadia Sharif, 17 who took her own life at West Lane Hospital in 2019 amidst a slew of mental health failures has called for changes so that patients at the hospital are not treated like "locked-up animals". An investigation into the deaths of Nadia, and two other…

UK researchers cure man who had Covid for 411 days

British researchers announced Friday they have cured a man who was continually infected with Covid for 411 days by analysing the genetic code of his particular virus to find the right treatment. Persistent Covid infection - which is different to long Covid or repeated bouts of the disease - occurs…

EXCLUSIVE: Starmer tells Asians: “Thank you for making Britain better”

LABOUR does not take the British south Asian vote for granted, party leader Sir Keir Starmer told Eastern Eye. He also revealed his determination to work as “grown up” partners with the communities and his ambition to be the next prime minister. In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview prior to…

NHS body launches internal review trust after staff members get…

A row has broken out over a Diwali message that was sent on the morning of the festival on October 24 to the employees of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) and the trust has launched an internal review of the matter. The controversial email, which made reference to the…

NHS doctor encourages others to get vaccinated with video message

Having received her own flu and COVID-19 booster doses at her local pharmacy this week, Dr Nikki Kanani, Medical Director for Primary Care at NHS England, and deputy lead for the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programmme, has recorded a video message encouraging others to get vaccinated without delay. The doctor states,…

Picture warnings on sugary drinks can help curb child obesity…

Amid an obesity crisis in the UK and the US, experts have suggested that slapping cigarette-style warnings on sugary drinks may be able to help tackle child obesity. In the UK, every four in 10 children are either overweight or obese. Also, more than half of the adults fall into…

Are your protein bars making you fat?

We often think of protein bars as healthy snacks, but did you know that they could be making you fat? A study has discovered that those people who ate a protein bar daily were more likely to put on weight in a week’s time compared to those who did not…

Want to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease? Reduce salt…

One of the biggest causes of high blood pressure is the consumption of salt, experts warn. This in turn increases cardiovascular disease. Having high blood pressure (BP) which is also called hypertension means your heart needs to work much harder to pump blood to the rest of the body. Approximately…

What does your tongue reveal about your health?

A GP has revealed that any changes inside your mouth can be indicative of some deadly diseases. From mouth ulcers to a geographic tongue, NHS GP, Dr Rachel Ward of Woodlands Medical Centre in Didcot explains what the inside of your mouth really means for your health. Also, be aware…

Rishi Sunak, the Diwali PM who answered his country’s call

Rishi Sunak is already a marmite prime minister, writes Barnie Choudhury. Feted by his MP colleagues but rejected by the Conservative grass roots just six weeks ago (September 5). They accuse Sunak of causing Johnson’s downfall, rather than accept that it was the fault of his once next-door Downing Street…

Baldness linked to increase risk of heart disease

According to the NHS, Cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects around seven million people in the UK. It is also one of the main causes of death in the nation. Some of the common signs of a person’s risk for CVD include high levels of stress, high blood pressure, and diabetes. However,…

Sunak says he has been elected to fix ‘mistakes’ made…

Rishi Sunak made his first speech as Britain's prime minister on Tuesday (25), acknowledging the mistakes of his predecessor Liz Truss while vowing to fix the economy, lead with integrity and fulfil the promises of the Conservative Party's 2019 manifesto. Below are the highlights from Sunak's speech: ON THE ECONOMY…

New NHS campaign urges South Asians to consider nursing as…

The NHS has launched a new campaign to encourage South Asian community to consider nursing as a career, the health service said in a statement. The ‘We Are The NHS’ campaign by NHS England, now in its fifth year, has been revamped to champion the extraordinary work of South Asian…

Art on the Underground to present mural by Shanti Panchal…

Art on the Underground presents ‘Endurance’, a new large-scale public commission at Brixton Underground Station by Indian-born artist Shanti Panchal, launching November 10 and will be on view for a year. The work at Brixton will be Panchal’s first public artwork since his 1993 tiled mural for the London Borough…

Six in 10 South Asians worry about week ahead, says…

New research released this week reveals almost 6 in 10 South Asians regularly experience anxiety (57%). Despite Sunday being the traditional day of rest and recreation for most, as the weekend draws to a close, many begin to worry about the week ahead with lack of sleep (57%), juggling family…

Shocking! Exposure to air pollution linked to rise in obesity…

There are many causes of obesity including the regular consumption of processed and fast food, trans fatty acids, and sugar, combined with large portion sizes and decreased physical activity. But a new University of Michigan study suggests that air pollution too may affect weight, body mass index, waist circumference, and…

How to avoid the dreaded ‘twindemic’ of Flu and Covid-19…

Experts warn that this winter could be the first time we see the effects of a so-called ‘twindemic’, with people catching both Covid and flu at the same time, increasing their risk of serious illness. Don't worry, Dr Harpreet Sood and Dr Madhvi Joshi provide vital tips... GPs Harpreet Sood…

Indians largest group that overstays UK visas? Lord Karan Bilimoria…

British-Indian businessman Karan Bilimoria has disagreed with UK home secretary Suella Braverman that Indians are the "largest group of people who overstay" their visas in the UK. Speaking with Economic Times Online over phone, Lord Bilimoria, a crossbench peer in the House of Lords, said he was surprised because the…

BBC’s George Alagiah takes break from work as cancer spreads…

The renowned reader of BBC News at Six, George Alagiah has declared that he will be taking time off from presenting after scans discovered that his bowel cancer has spread further. The 66-year-old newsreader was first diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer back in 2014. He later revealed that the…

Volunteers needed in England to support COVID-19 vaccination

NHS Volunteer Responders are calling for people in England to step forward and volunteer. There is a high demand for volunteer support at local sites to help deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme as 26 million people will be invited to come forward for the booster jab. We need people from…

What is Norovirus, one of the most common stomach bugs…

Covid cases in the UK are still on the rise across the nation but Brits also have to be highly alert about another type of highly infectious viral illness called norovirus. Also referred to as “the winter vomiting bug,” though it can affect people all year round, norovirus is one…

NHS declares ‘amber alert’ due to shortage of blood supplies

British health officials on Wednesday (12) warned that non-urgent hospital operations could be cancelled due to a shortage in blood stocks, calling for more supplies. The warning came as NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), which collects blood and other tissues, issued its first "amber alert" warning. "Asking hospitals to limit…

Sadiq Khan urges Londoners to take Covid, flu vaccines to…

London mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday (11) urged eligible Londoners to get their Covid booster and flu vaccine to reduce the threat of a ‘twindemic’ this winter. He received both vaccines at a pharmacy in Tooting on Tuesday morning after being invited due to his severe asthma, a statement said.…

What is dyspraxia, a neurological condition that affects Harry Potter…

Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter actor, Florence, and the Machine frontwoman Florence Welch, and model Cara Delevingne have been struggling with dyspraxia, a condition that impacts coordination skills, the Mirror reports. Though the causes of dyspraxia are not known, according to the NHS premature babies have a higher risk of developing…

Docs slammed cold weather plan after Brits advised to consult…

NHS England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), and the Met Office’s joint cold weather plan for England which was updated this week have advised Britons to 'speak to your GP before starting any exercise this winter'. A section in the plan entitled ‘main public health messages’ states that individuals…

UK nurses begin biggest strike ballot in more than 100…

More than 300,000 members of Britain's largest nursing union will begin voting on Thursday over a strike to demand a pay rise that keeps up with soaring inflation, the biggest ballot in its 106-year history. The Royal College of Nursing said it had been forced into the move after years…

Keir Starmer vows to combat ‘Hinduphobia’ as Labour loathes hate…

In its first direct reference to the term "Hinduphobia", the UK's opposition Labour Party committed itself to fight against hate crimes of all kinds following communal clashes in Leicester and Birmingham in the wake of an India-Pakistan cricket match in August. Addressing one of Europe's largest 'Navratri' celebrations in London…

What is sickle cell disease? What are its symptoms and…

Approximately 15,000 people in the UK are reportedly affected with sickle cell disease. This disease is particularly common among people with an African or Caribbean heritage and is part of a group of diseases caused by red blood cell disorders. Red blood cells contain haemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen.…

GP reveals 3 breast cancer blind spots most women miss

Around one in seven women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime and in the US, this figure is one in eight. Also, there are around 56,000 cases of the illness each year in the UK. That's why it's key that if you spot anything…

Bird flu: What happens if you consume an infected chicken?

With the virus being detected across 155 sites so far, and 47.5m birds being culled since last autumn, the UK continues to be affected by one of the worst avian flu outbreaks in its history. According to the National Farmers' Union (NFU), avian flu H5N1 has been confirmed in captive…

First ever drug for alopecia hair loss disorder which affects…

The first-ever drug for alopecia hair loss gets the green signal as the NHS considers funding it. Alopecia, which is a hair loss condition affects roughly 40% of women, and 30% of men at some point in their lives. Hollywood star Jada Pinkett Smith and 100,000 Britons are also affected…

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…