Category Archives: Rachel Flowers

Health director warns on covid: ‘Let’s not ease off too quickly’

Boris Johnson and the Russian-funded Tories and sycophants in and around his cabinet might think that covid has been “dealt with”, but that seems to be far from the opinion of the people who really deserve the public’s trust: scientists … Continue reading

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Covid positive after first full Town Hall meeting for two years

WALTER CRONXITE, our fully masked and vaccinated political editor, reports on how many of the borough’s politicians went canvassing at the weekend despite having been warned that there had been a virus positive case at a meeting they attended on … Continue reading

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Croydon 2021: a tale of lockdowns, let-downs and meltdowns

DID WE HAVE NEWS FOR YOU: Croydon entered 2021 as a bankrupt borough, yet there was worse still to come. Inside Croydon has been there, reporting on every twist and turn of events around the cash-strapped council as it entered … Continue reading

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‘Magnificence of Croydon’: Town Hall video ignores the cuts

This video has been produced by Croydon Council to accompany a report from Croydon’s director of public health. In her first annual report since the covid-19 outbreak, Rachel Flowers praises Croydon residents, communities, schools and businesses for their continued strength … Continue reading

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Government rolls out 1m daily jabs against Omicron ‘tidal wave’

The government is calling in the army in an effort to double the number of covid booster jabs delivered to more than 1million per day between now and the New Year in a desperate effort to limit the spread and … Continue reading

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Time to mask up as covid positive cases are on the rise again

Rachel Flowers, the council’s director of public health, has issued an appeal to Croydon residents to adopt fully the latest rules on face mask-wearing in shops and on public transport, as the borough has seen cases of covid-19 increase again … Continue reading

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Schoolchildren’s half-term homework is to have their covid jab

Parents and carers can, for the first time, book a covid-19 vaccination for their 12-to-15-year-olds during the schools’ half-term this month using the national booking system. Starting tomorrow, October 23, parents and carers can book an appointment to take their … Continue reading

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Health chief says covid vaccination is ‘more vital than ever’

The council and public health bodies in Croydon are renewing their advice to residents across the borough, saying it is “more vital than ever” for people get vaccinated. There remains serious concerns about the relatively poor take-up of the vaccine … Continue reading

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Covid pop-up centres to open for ‘final lap’ of vaccinations

Croydon’s NHS is encouraging everyone in the borough to come forward for their life-saving covid vaccinations and join more than 320,000 residents who have already had the jab. The concerted drive for mass vaccination will see walk-in clinics established to … Continue reading

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‘Keep your distance’ as covid infection rates creep up again

Coronavirus infection rates in Croydon are on the rise again – and started to increase within a week of the government’s lockdown measures being eased. Despite the roll-out of the vaccination programme against the deadly virus – 90 per cent … Continue reading

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South African variant of covid-19 identified in New Addington

Additional covid-19 “surge testing” is being launched in New Addington and Fieldway from tomorrow, after Public Health England found evidence of a covid-19 case with the South African variant that cannot be linked back to international travel. The need for … Continue reading

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‘Extremely serious’: Croydon’s 600 new covid cases every day

The coronavirus situation in Croydon “is extremely serious”, according to an internal email sent by the council’s director of public health last night. The email from Rachel Flowers, sent to councillors and seen by Inside Croydon, explained that by 6pm … Continue reading

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Lockdown ends with positive covid cases still on the rise

Croydon woke up this morning no longer in covid lockdown, with some queues forming outside what are left of the shops on the high street, and with news that a vaccine for coronavirus has been licensed for use and will … Continue reading

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‘We anticipate our move to Tier 3’ councillor warns Croydon

Covid-19 testing centre in New Addington ‘is a health hazard’ claims one councillor Two more fatalities bring the coronavirus death toll in Croydon since March to 500 ‘We all have to do a bit more’ to keep our communities safe, … Continue reading

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Public Health director appeals for help over new covid rules

As Croydon’s coronavirus alert status was raised to “High” yesterday, Rachel Flowers, the council’s director of public health, wrote to the borough’s 70 councillors appealing for their help in getting the correct information to residents. In common with public health … Continue reading

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Government holding back covid data that could help save lives

As many prepare to race off to their local pub tomorrow as the coronavirus lockdown is eased, Croydon’s council leader admits he does not have the information needed to make a proper judgement over local infection rates. KEN LEE reports … Continue reading

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Council leaders are set to break lockdown laws for ‘photo ops’

Council leaders in Croydon and Sutton are actively encouraging the public to break the law by attending large gatherings – ignoring the advice of health experts and potentially putting people’s health, and lives, at risk. One councillor has appealed to … Continue reading

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Health chief warns: it’s too soon to end covid lockdown rules

Rachel Flowers, Croydon’s director of public health, has repeated her warning that now is the most dangerous time in the coronavirus pandemic, with increased risk of passing on the deadly infection as lockdown eases. Given the distressing images of business … Continue reading

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Health chief: ‘We are at the most dangerous time in a pandemic’

Rachel Flowers, Croydon’s director of public health, last night issued a stark warning to the council that ending the coronavirus lockdown prematurely would be “most dangerous”. Flowers was addressing a “virtual” meeting of the council cabinet, in which she and … Continue reading

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Health bodies urge residents to ensure they have MMR cover

Croydon Council has accelerated its local Measles and Rubella Action Plan, to minimise the risk of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) spreading by ensuring more residents are vaccinated against these highly contagious diseases which can have serious, potentially fatal complications. … Continue reading

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Sutton GPs denied vital information about secret killer PTHP

The postcode lottery in the health service is putting lives at risk here in south London, with an estimated 400 people in Sutton affected every year Everyone knows about bowel cancer and cervical cancer. They are common enough to be … Continue reading

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Croydon NHS say they’re ‘saving’ £20m by denying treatments

Our health correspondent, ALAN FINLAY, on the latest cuts by stealth being implements in the NHS in Croydon, and across the country Croydon NHS is saving £20million a year through what they call “demand management”. To most reasonable people, it … Continue reading

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‘We need to create a climate of kindness and understanding’

The council, together with the Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), are supporting Dementia Awareness Week, which begins today, by asking residents and their employees to sign-up to the Dementia Friends initiative at http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk. The week’s activities are organised by the … Continue reading

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NHS milk-snatchers are opening the way for more GP cuts

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Earlier this year, a mother wrote of the hardships and difficulties of bringing up babies with allergies which made them dependent on being fed formula milk which is being withdrawn by the NHS in Croydon to save a … Continue reading

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Council hires ex-Newham staffer as public health director

Despite the massive drive for staff redundancies and a recruitment freeze at Fisher’s Folly, news has arrived of another top-tier council appointment, and it is another former employee of Newham Council being recruited by Croydon on a near-six-figure salary. Joining … Continue reading

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