There can be no more vivid example of how dilapidated and dysfunctional the National Health Service is becoming than the news that postmen are to be deployed as makeshift care workers. Royal Mail Health, the branch of the postal service set up to deliver prescription medicine to homes during lockdown , is proposing that its letter carriers act as 'community look-outs'. As well as bringing the post, they will look in on elderly and vulnerable customers, like roaming health visitors and social workers. Is this what social care in the UK has become? It's disgraceful that we should even think of demoting community health to this level, making it a by-product of the postal service. The very idea reveals how badly care services have collapsed. If we have to rely on untrained postal workers to look after our frail and elderly, we have allowed the system to deteriorate to the point where it is no longer fit for purpose. Every hospital doctor knows, of course, that posties … [Read more...] about DR MAX PEMBERTON: Patients need to see GPs, not their postmen
Go on, treat yourself. How often do we say that to ourselves when we're feeling a bit down or dreary? The idea that we can boost our mood or reward ourselves when we're having a difficult time by buying things is, of course, a fallacy. But it's become so accepted that people are even prepared to get into debt to experience the briefest sense of euphoria that comes with a splurge. Naturally, companies know this and are quick to step in and encourage those who might be wavering by offering the opportunity to delay or spread out payments. The past few years have seen an explosion of such firms, especially when it comes to shopping online. But concerns have been raised that, amid the cost of living crisis, people are being tempted to buy things on credit that they can ill afford. One in three shoppers using 'buy now, pay later' services are in 'unmanageable debt', with the average borrower now paying off 4.8 purchases at once, up from 2.6 in February, according to research by … [Read more...] about DR MAX PEMBERTON: Trust me, your retail therapy makes you feel worse
Love is an inexplicable thing, isn’t it? It’s almost impossible to explain it to someone who’s never experienced it. What’s all the more mysterious is the way it changes over time. The feeling of love that, say, a teenager has — that first, giddy, all-consuming feeling that is almost an ache — is quite different to the deep, entwined feeling of love that a couple who have been together for 50 years feels. And the types of love people experience are so varied. Is the love a parent has for their child the same as the love someone has for a pet? Can we lump the feelings of love between friends with the feelings of love between family members? When we talk about love, we are really describing a lot of very complex emotions. Love can be wonderful but also painful, confusing and upsetting. Can we simply explain all this by brain chemistry? Can it really be reduced to a series of hormones surging around in our heads? Dr Anna Machin argues that advances in neuroscience mean … [Read more...] about DR MAX PEMBERTON: Love is a drug… but not one we can prescribe
Kirstie Allsopp admits she doesn't like 'mean' reputation This article contains affiliate links, we may receive a commission on any sales we generate from it. Learn more Sign up for FREE for the latest news from the world of showbiz SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Kirstie Allsopp has defended herself once again after remarks she made about young people getting on the housing ladder sparked outrage. She responded to a Twitter user who poked fun at the debacle, as well as the recent incident in which Kirstie swallowed her airpod. Related articles Rafael Nadal's sweary rant after question about his wife Xisca Perello Christian Horner admits 'problem' at home with Geri Halliwell Earlier this … [Read more...] about Kirstie Allsopp reignites row over young people buying homes after swallowing airpod
Ben Mitchell ( Max Bowden ) bravely decides to tell Callum Highway ( Tony Clay ) about his rape in EastEnders, but the conversation sadly doesn’t go to plan. During the aftermath, Ben was unable to tell Callum that Lewis (Aidan O’Callaghan) attacked him, which meant his husband, friends and family all believed he had been unfaithful. Now Kathy ( Gillian Taylforth ) and Jay (Jamie Borthwick) know what happened, they’ve been able to support Ben and soon, Kathy puts forward the idea of him telling Callum everything. After bumping into Kheerat (Jaz Deol), who offers some advice, Ben decides to contact Callum and asks to meet up. When Callum receives the message, he updates Stuart (Ricky Champ), who tells his brother he shouldn’t give Ben the time of day. Callum ignores his brother’s wishes and goes to find Ben. However, further spoilers allow us to confirm an incident will occur at the pub and later, Callum will snap at Ben and storm off. But what’s … [Read more...] about EastEnders spoilers: Ben is destroyed as Callum disowns him forever?
Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu credited the ‘halo’ for keeping him alive following his harrowing first-corner crash at Sunday’s British Grand Prix . Here we take a closer look at the Formula One’s cockpit protection device. What is the ‘halo’? A three-pronged titanium safety device which sits above the driver’s head. It is covered with carbon fibre and weighs seven kilograms. Recommended Over £130m handed to housing providers named and shamed by regulator The halo’s job is to absorb a huge impact and to protect the driver from severe head trauma. Remarkably, it can take the weight of a London double decker bus. When was it introduced? The FIA accelerated its safety programme following the deaths of Henry Surtees in a Formula Two race in 2009 and Justin Wilson at an IndyCar event in 2015. Both drivers were killed after being struck on the head by debris from other cars. The halo was first trialled in F1 in 2016 before it became mandatory … [Read more...] about What is the ‘halo’ safety device that saved Zhou Guanyu at British Grand Prix?
Day Seven at Wimbledon saw mixed results for British hopefuls as Heather Watson crashed out while Cameron Norrie surged into the next round. It proved to be a bridge too far for superstar Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, as he was defeated by Jannik Sinner. Related articles Djokovic draws screams, Alcaraz trip warning, 'Fedal' reunite Kyrgios fined again for Wimbledon meltdown but Tsitsipas' fee harsher Norrie will play in the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time in his career after he won in straight sets against American Tommy Paul. Norrie was in control from start to finish as he secured a 6-4 7-5 6-4 win to book his place in the last eight. Sinner, meanwhile, defeated Alcaraz in a thrilling 6-1 6-4 6-7 (8-10) 6-3 win, while another young star in Frances Tiafoe was also sent home. The American was unceremoniously dumped out of Wimbledon after a thrilling contest against David Goffin, who emerged victorious after the 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 5-7 6-4 7-5 clash. … [Read more...] about Wimbledon order of play on Day 8: When do Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios play?
An incredible fans’ view of Zhou Guanyu’s horrifying British Grand Prix smash has emerged on social media. The Chinese driver was involved in one of the most spectacular shunts in recent F1 history at Silverstone. Following a rapid getaway, Zhou was tagged by the slow-starting Mercedes of George Russell and immediately flipped upside-down. His Alfa Romeo then skated off the circuit and across the gravel trap at high speed. Just before he reached the tyre wall, the car dug in and flipped over, slamming bottom first into the security fence, just metres from shocked fans as marshals and photographers dived for cover. Footage of the crash was filmed by fans in the stand nearby and demonstrated how lucky he was to escape serious injury. Zhou was trapped in his car for several minutes, prompting fears he was seriously injured or worse. But thankfully, he was extracted from the car conscious and taken to the medical centre to be assessed. He was soon declared fit and well and was … [Read more...] about Fan footage just yards away from shocking upside-down British GP crash emerges
Israel Adesanya conceded he had an "off-night" after being taken the distance by Jared Cannonier in a tepid UFC 276 main event in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday NZT). 'The Last Stylebender' largely dominated American Cannonier (15-6) with kicks and occasional punches on his way to a wide unanimous decision as he defended his middleweight title for a fifth time. But the nature of his cautious performance – having promised to put on a "show" and stop his 38-year-old opponent – prompted loud boos inside the sold-out T-Mobile Arena. READ MORE: Israel Adesanya tops Jared Cannonier to defend UFC title Everything you need to know about UFC 276 in Las Vegas Carlos Ulberg claims a commanding win at UFC Vegas 57 Adesanya now has just one stoppage victory in five middleweight fights since 2019. At the post-fight press conference, the 32-year-old admitted he wasn't at his best, but said the fact that he still won easily showed his greatness. "I've said this before in the … [Read more...] about Israel Adesanya admits having ‘off-night’ after defending UFC crown against Jared Cannonier
Meghan Markle needs to ‘hand title back’ says India Willoughby Sign up for FREE royal alerts SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info This Morning returned with hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, who invited India and Nick Ferrari onto the This Morning View segment. One of the topics being discussed was how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had paid back the cost of the renovations for Frogmore Cottage where they lived when based in the UK. They also touched on whether Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could move into politics with India suggesting the former Suits star could eye pup a presidential role to take revenge on the UK. Related articles Nicola Sturgeon claims 'COVID my priority' despite new indy bid … [Read more...] about India Willoughby claims ‘Meghan Markle will want revenge’ and eye up presidential role