Leyton’s Families get a Healthy Start!

Launching Healthy Start with MPs Caroline Flint and Harry Cohen

I made a trip up to the Houses of Parliament last week, to hook up with my local MP for Leyton and Wanstead Harry Cohen (pictured above right), as we joined Government Health Minister Caroline Flint (pictured above centre) in unveiling a new government programme called “Healthy Start”.

Healthy Start, which replaces the Welfare Food Scheme, has been set up to encourage healthy eating amongst Britian’s low income families, who are more likely to suffer health problems than families on higher incomes Continue reading “Leyton’s Families get a Healthy Start!”

I Love Whipps Cross – Your Hospital Needs You!

Labour Party Members fight for Whipps Cross

Your Local Hospital Needs You!

Waltham Forest’s Labour party members were out in force all over the borough at the weekend, campaigning to keep the services of our local hospital, Whipps Cross, local.

I was born in Whipps Cross hospital. I feel extremely strongly that the financial problems it is currently facing should not mean that local people lose much needed services.

Waltham Forest is not a rich borough and many people do not own a car. If we are forced to travel miles to receive essential treatment, local health inequalities – already some of the worst in the country – are just going to get worse.

The Waltham Forest Labour Party is appealing to Patricia Hewitt to do what is right and deliver the health provision that our local people need.

Whipps Cross should remain a full general hospital! Continue reading “I Love Whipps Cross – Your Hospital Needs You!”

Noor Ul Islam Mosque’s Healthy Hearts Campaign

With Cllr Faiz Yunis, Sr Sandy Guptha and Mosque Head Yusuf

On Sunday, Forest ward Councillor Faiz Yunis (pictured above first left) and I attended a seminar at our local mosque, the Noor Ul Islam Trust, to discuss health issues affecting our South Asian community.

Coronary Heart Disease is a serious illness affecting thousands of South Asian people around the world. Indeed, many health experts believe the current situation is fast becoming an epidemic Continue reading “Noor Ul Islam Mosque’s Healthy Hearts Campaign”