Category Archives: Health

Town Hall increases ‘irrational’ spending on medical tests

Croydon Council spent nearly £17,000 in the past year on medical assessments of often vulnerable people which were carried out by a private health firm without even speaking to them, let alone examining them. The assessments, by a company called … 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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GPs open on VE Day holiday in bid to keep people healthy

The majority of local GP surgeries will be open for appointments this Friday, the VE Day Bank Holiday, May 8, as the NHS encourages the public to ensure that they don’t delay in seeking medical help. The NHS has recorded … Continue reading

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Croydon teachers issue warning over re-opening of schools

Our education correspondent, GENE BRODIE, on a dire warning from the vast majority of the borough’s teachers over placing wealth before health Teachers in the borough have written to the council to warn that they oppose any plans for a … Continue reading

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Covid death rates linked to poverty and high-density housing

Official death rate figures from the ONS show that over-intensification of housing has played a part in helping the spread of coronavirus, as Croydon’s NHS chief warns against ‘inequalities’. BARRATT HOLMES, our housing correspondent, reports Croydon has suffered a far … Continue reading

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Army goes on attack at the Fairfield Halls against coronavirus

Croydon is to get a covid-19 testing centre – for three days, anyway. The government announced this morning that a temporary, drive-in testing centre, staffed by the Army, is being set up in the car park behind the Fairfield Halls. … Continue reading

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Wider pavements and slower cars: King makes road changes

The council has announced a range of measures on the streets in West Croydon and Woodside to assist social distancing for pedestrians, improve road conditions for cycling, while suspending parking bays and announcing the intention of enforcing speed restrictions on … Continue reading

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ONS: London suffers its worst death toll for more than 40 years

London has suffered its highest number of registered deaths in a single week for more than 40 years, according to data released today by the Office for National Statistics. The death toll is even worse than the first weeks of … Continue reading

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Schools and undertakers come to council’s rescue over PPE

School children, dentists and undertakers have come to the council’s rescue by providing vital PPE for frontline staff and care workers, after the Town Hall failed to order in or stockpile sufficient equipment ahead of the covid-19 lockdown. The council … Continue reading

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Scientists find deadly links between covid-19 and air pollution

Particles carried in the air are ‘micro-aeroplanes’ and coronavirus is their ‘passenger’, according to researchers in Italy Bad news for those living in Croydon, Sutton and surrounding boroughs in the “south London incinerator belt”, who have been trying to avoid … Continue reading

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