EXHAUSTED from a 12-hour night shift, nurse Sandy Hine dashes home to look after her grandchildren before starting her second job as a cleaner. The 56-year-old’s hectic life could not be further away from that of Bodyguard star Keeley Hawes, who this week said she was “exactly the same” and “identical” to a nurse. Today Sandy — who has worked on the front line of the NHS for 30 years — has branded the millionaire actress’s comments as “ridiculous” — saying: “Keeley’s world couldn’t be further removed from mine.” Hard-working Sandy, who has two kids and four grandchildren, added: “We’re on different planets. I work with patients who have cancer, people who are dying of cancer. It is emotionally draining. It wears you out. “With the greatest of respect, Keeley Hawes isn’t dealing with any of that. “To contrast the job of a nurse with a TV actress is … [Read more...] about Nurse takes down Keeley Hawes’ claim TV life is just like NHS worker’s struggles
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Cutting air pollution has been proven to lead to 'fast and dramatic' health benefits, according to scientists.Researchers said improving air quality where people live could reduce cases of heart and lung diseases by up to 40 per cent in just a few months.They studied the effects of past attempts to lower pollution and the unexpected benefits of closing factories or taking traffic off the roads.People's health can improve in as little as a week and laws to make the air cleaner save significant amounts of money on healthcare, the research found. Research found that when countries around the world have closed factories or roads, pollution has dropped and hospitalisations for lung and heart conditions went down (Pictured: People play basketball near polluting factories in Kamisu, Japan)'We knew there were benefits from pollution control, but the magnitude and relatively short time duration to accomplish them were impressive,' said Dr Dean Schraufnagel, a professor at the American Thoracic … [Read more...] about Cutting air pollution brings health benefits ‘within WEEKS’ with road and factory closures slashing rates of lung and heart diseases
The devastating impact of ten years of Tory cuts on communities across the country has been laid bare. A damning audit shows how thousands of children’s and youth centres, libraries, council-subsidised bus routes and public toilets have been shut since the Conservatives came to power. The Unison analysis, from freedom of information requests to 330 councils, reveals that 859 children’s centres and 940 youth centres have been closed since 2010. More than a fifth of public toilets, 835, have been shut, while council-subsidised bus routes have fallen by almost a third - a reduction of 1,224 services, many in isolated rural services. More than one in five libraries have either closed, been privatised or are now staffed by volunteers - a decrease of 738 council-run libraries. Unison boss Dave Prentis said public services had been “torn apart” by Tory austerity and warned it would continue if Boris Johnson wins power. He said the Tories could not be trusted to … [Read more...] about Damning figures show devastating impact of a decade of Tory cuts across UK
Sir Michael Fallon has dramatically broken his silence since resigning three weeks ago, warning he plans to speak out against defence cuts.The ex-Cabinet minister also appeared to criticise Chancellor Philip Hammond by claiming "muddling along, mere managerialism" was not enough and calling for a bigger, bolder vision after Brexit.The former defence secretary resigned on 1 November as a sexual harassment scandal rocked Westminster, admitting his behaviour towards women had "fallen short" in the past.Sir Michael's pledge to fight defence cuts came in a comeback speech on day two of the House of Commons debate on Wednesday's Budget, in which he made a Thatcherite plea for more privatisation.He began his Budget speech by declaring: "I hope to find an early opportunity to speak out on the right level of defence spending to meet the threats that our country faces and to do so more freely than the constraints of government allowed." Advertisement Sir Michael then issued a call for … [Read more...] about Sir Michael Fallon breaks silence with defence cuts warning
Many people in the UK think the quality of public services overall have been maintained or improved in the past five years despite government cuts, a poll for the BBC suggests.More of the 1,031 people surveyed feel bin collections, parks and libraries, schools and bus services have improved than those who think they are worse. But the responses indicate people think the quality of elderly care, hospitals, police and road maintenance is lower. Councils say funding remains a concern.The Local Government Association says overall the results are testament to the resilience of councils, but says that unless finances become sustainable, satisfaction levels will decline. It is five years since the bail-out of the banks marked a new era of austerity in Britain amid warnings that deep cuts to state spending would see the standard of public services plunge. But today's poll by ICM suggests six out of 10 people think service quality has been maintained or improved. With recycling for … [Read more...] about Public service cuts – did we notice?