Tag Archives: Covid-19

Voluntary sector’s bleak future as Mayor axes all funding

Croydon Voluntary Action, the council-funded umbrella organisation that coordinates the activities of much of the “third sector” in the borough, says it wants to “re-set” its relationship with the Town Hall as Mayor Jason Perry prepares to axe all funding … Continue reading

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Health report finds poverty and deprivation key in inequalities

Rachel Flowers, Croydon’s director of public health, has highlighted local health inequalities and made raft of recommendations to “narrow the gap” to improve residents’ health at every life stage. Flowers’ report is the first for three years that has not … Continue reading

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Two years on, the need for covid booster jabs remains strong

Two years since the NHS delivered the world’s first covid jab in Croydon, kick-starting the most successful vaccination programme ever, health leaders are calling for Londoners who are eligible to get their booster dose ahead of Christmas. The NHS in … Continue reading

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NHS urges fans to take a shot for England at the World Cup

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Groups gathering together in pubs and bars to watch matches in the football World Cup could increase the risk of spreading flu and covid warns Dr CHRIS STREATHER, the medical director for the NHS in London, pictured right … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan among 1m Londoners to have covid booster jab

More than 1million Londoners have now received an autumn covid-19 booster jab. The NHS in London has made the announcement while it continues to encourage eligible residents of the capital to take up the offer of free vaccination to boost … Continue reading

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Centrale’s vaccination centre leads way for autumn covid jabs

The covid-19 vaccination centre inside the Centrale shopping centre in Croydon has begun the roll-out of autumn booster jabs, for now being offered to those over 65 years old. The severely immunosuppressed and frontline health and care workers, carers and … Continue reading

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NHS and Age UK urge over-50s to get jabbed for covid and flu

National charity Age UK is encouraging older Londoners to make sure that they are fully jabbed against flu and covid-19 viruses this winter. Alongside NHS London, Age UK London wants to ensure all over-50s participate in the free autumn vaccination … Continue reading

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Mayday and Purley hospitals to get extra operating theatres

Mayday and Purley Hospitals are both to get an additional operating theatre, to help with efforts to reduce the backlog of operations that have built up during the covid pandemic, part of a £1.5billion government scheme for 50 surgical “hubs” … Continue reading

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NHS doctors appeal for public to get jabbed to slow covid rise

Medical experts and NHS officials have confirmed that there has been a post-Jubilee surge of covid infections, with “super-spreader” events such as Royal Ascot and the Glastonbury Festival likely to see the upwards trend of positive tests continuing. NHS London … Continue reading

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NHS and charity urge public to get second covid booster jab

NHS London and Age UK are working together to promote the covid-19 spring booster vaccine for those most at risk, including the over-75s, older care home residents and those who are immunosuppressed aged 12 and over. So far more than … Continue reading

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Council cuts mean homeless are losing lorry loads of food

This week it was announced that Croydon Nightwatch, the homelessness charity, has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Here, Nightwatch chair JAD ADAMS looks back on the organisation’s work over the two years of covid and suggests there’s much … Continue reading

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London’s top doctor issues health reminder ahead of Jubilee

London’s NHS medical director has issued a reminder to the capital’s residents to be prepared with all their medication needs ahead of the four-day Jubilee bank holiday weekend. Dr Chris Streather recommends Londoners get ahead of their healthcare needs early, … Continue reading

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Negrini’s £437,000 pay-off: who is going to pay it back?

Council chiefs, auditors and lawyers are exploring the recovery of the golden handshake paid to the former chief exec, which has caused public outrage since Inside Croydon first revealed the amount. By STEVEN DOWNES The trade magazine for local councils … Continue reading

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Covid claims life of 20,000th Londoner since start of pandemic

The latest data from the NHS shows that 20,000 Londoners have died within 28 days of a positive covid-19 test since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. In Croydon alone, 1,030 people have died from covid within the … Continue reading

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Even the Town Hall meetings don’t work at bankrupt council

In the time-honoured words of EJ Thribb, ‘And so farewell then…’. As many as 35 of the borough’s 70 councillors who were elected in 2018 won’t be Town Hall regulars after the May 5 elections. Political Editor WALTER CONXITE bids … Continue reading

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BRIT School stages charity premiere from the covid Frontline

The BRIT School has partnered with Croydon Health Services NHS Trust to support its dedicated charity by staging a world premiere of an original new play about the impact of covid-19. On April 27 and 28 around two dozen Year … Continue reading

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Charity call to restore free covid tests for care home visits

Two-thirds of Londoners oppose the scrapping of free covid tests for visitors to care homes, a survey conducted on behalf of Alzheimer’s Society has found. More than a thousand people have written to their MPs to echo calls from Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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NHS now begins roll-out of covid jabs for 5-to-11-year-olds

Nearly 1million under-11s in London are being offered covid-19 vaccines from this week. Parents and carers of children aged from five to 11 are able to book a jab for their children from today, as the biggest and most successful … Continue reading

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Covid cases surging, as virus claims 1,200th Croydon victim

Just weeks since party-goer Boris Johnson tried to con the nation (again) by making out that covid was somehow “over”, and started removing all government restrictions on mask-wearing and dropping the need for people to self-isolate if testing positive, and … Continue reading

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Street dancer shows its hip to be jabbed to help your family

A street dancer from Croydon said his fear of needles prevented him from coming forward to get his first covid-19 jab. Shandy South, 54, who has worked across the world as a hip hop dancer, said he got his first … Continue reading

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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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Hospital ancillary staff in strike ballot over G4S covid pay

Porters and cleaners at Mayday Hospital are to be balloted by their union, the GMB, over whether to take strike action over pay rates and access to sick pay. The workers, who are employed by outsourcing giants G4S, voted overwhelmingly … 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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Council’s covid offer for businesses: £177 FSB membership fee

Businesses in the borough can now benefit from a free one-year membership with the Federation of Small Businesses. The memberships will provide local firms with access to resources and advice on topics such as law, finance and staffing, networking opportunities, … Continue reading

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What a waste! Tory billions could pay to freeze your Council Tax

The Conservative government is punishing the people of Croydon by refusing to write off any of the council’s debts – but they are happy to write off £13billion from their own cock-ups in Whitehall. By ANDREW FISHER Croydon Council has … Continue reading

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