Healthy fast food initiative to tackle youth obesity

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A healthy fast food initiative aimed at getting young people to improve their diets has been launched in a bid to tackle obesity in low-income areas.

Four mobile fast food units selling a range of healthy burgers, chicken and wraps have set up near schools in four east and north London boroughs in the hope students will take to the food on offer.

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Hackney GP launches campaign to protect GP funding in deprived areas

East London GPs marched through Tower Hamlets in protest over changes to their funding

East London GPs marched through Tower Hamlets in protest over changes to their funding

A Hackney GP has called on patients to back her online campaign to protect funding for GP surgeries in deprived areas or risk losing them to private companies.

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Demoralised Royal London NHS staff plea over staff shortages

Pic: THKONP: NHS staff in Tower Hamlets revealed their concerns over staff shortages

Pic: THKONP: NHS staff in Tower Hamlets reveal their concerns over staff shortages

Demoralised staff at east London’s new £1bn hospital have issued a cry for help as they struggle with increasing workloads and staff shortages as overworked colleagues call in sick or quit their jobs.

Doctors, nurses and their assistants at the Royal London Hospital, in Whitechapel, say PFI repayments combined with government cuts are crippling the Trust forcing it to reduce staff numbers, cut services and compromise care.

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Thousands March Against Hospital Cuts, Closures & the BBC

Thousands marched against government cuts & closures to London's hospitals

Thousands marched against government cuts & closures to London’s hospitals

Thousands of campaigners calling on the government to put a halt to the creeping privatisation of the NHS marched through London on Saturday (18th May) bringing local campaign groups together for the first time.

However, the numbers were a far cry from the reported 20,000 that marched through Lewisham in January ago against plans to close and sell off parts of Lewisham Hospital to help bail out two South London hospitals on the brink of bankruptcy due to PFI.

While local campaigns to save Lewisham, Whittington and Ealing hospitals have proved popular, speakers at the rally outside Downing Street called for a move towards a national campaign to challenge the government behind the cuts and closures.

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Tower Hamlets NHS campaigners launch fightback against privatisation and fragmentation

Cllr Rachel Saunders, Tower Hamlets health spokeswoman, addresses residents concerned about the future of the NHS.

Cllr Rachel Saunders, Labour’s health spokeswoman, addresses residents concerned about the future of the NHS.

CAMPAIGNERS in Tower Hamlets painted a gloomy picture of the national health service as they launched their campaign to protect the borough’s health service from the government’s cuts and reorganisation plans last night (Wednesday).

With Barts Health, which includes the Royal London, Whipps Cross and Newham hospitals, laden with the biggest PFI repayment plan in the country – to be repaid over 42 years – and the fragmentation and privatisation of its services, residents and health professionals fear potential closures and a decline in healthcare provision.

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Woman found not guilty of brothel keeping says law puts women at risk

A WOMAN found not guilty of running a brothel after the prosecution offered no evidence has called for the law to be changed to legitimise safe working environments for prostitutes.

Sheila Farmer worked from a flat with three others in Bromley, Kent, before police raided it in August, 2010, after complaints from neighbours and was subsequently arrested for brothel-keeping with a colleague.

After a long and stressful 17 months she was found not guilty at Croydon Crown Court on Wednesday and can think about getting on with her life.

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