Charity calls for more support to deaf people

As part of Deaf Awareness Week, the RNID charity, which supports people with hearing difficulties, is calling for more support for people who are deaf or have hearing loss. The campaign aims to increase public awareness in the workp;ace and daily lfe about the nature of deafness and the communities, cultures, languages, and sign languages of deaf people. Sheffield Live! reporter Bailor Jalloh spoke to Teri Devine, director for inclusion at RNID.

Report highlights racial disparities in maternal care

A report by MPs on the Women and Equalities Committee has called on the government to speed up the process to tackle what it described as “appalling” higher death rates in childbirth for black women and those from deprived areas. Hora Soltani, professor of maternal and infant health at Sheffield Hallam University said the report is timely and it is important the disparities are addressed. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Junior doctors four-day strike action

Junior doctors across South Yorkshire joined others from across England in a four day walkout over pay and conditions. The British Medical Association (BMA) is calling for junior doctors to be given a 35 per cent pay rise to make up for years of below-inflation increases. However, the government has argued the union’s pay demands are unaffordable. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to BMA representative Peter Jackson.

Dirty air contributing to hundreds of deaths, says health boss

Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, has told Sheffield Live! dirty air is contributing to hundreds of deaths and an increase in cancer and asthma patients in the city. Fell said the introduction of the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Sheffield is mainly to address these health related issues. Dozens of people joined a protest rally at the weekend calling on the local authority to stop charging vehicles that do not meet the legal standard. CAZ came into force in February, meaning drivers of the most polluting vehicles such as taxis, vans and lorries will have to pay a charge to drive into the city centre and the inner ring road. Taxis will pay £10 while buses and HGVs will pay £50 per day. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Thousands to receive bladder cancer self-test kits

A pioneering urine screening trial, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research, will provide thousands of men with bladder cancer self-test kits. Nearly 1000 people are diagnosed and over four hundred people die from bladder cancer every year in Yorkshire. 3,000 men between 65 and 80 will take part in the study across the region. The aim is to spot any concerns before they become more complicated. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to James Catto, professor at the University of Sheffield and NHS urological consultant.

Cancer charity’s Sheffield Race For Life still open for entries

People across Sheffield are being encouraged to sign up for Cancer Research UK’s Sheffield Race for Life event. The charity’s much loved 3K run is to return to Graves Park on Saturday 11 June following the end of Covid restrictions. Money raised from the event will fund world-class research to help beat 200 types of cancer, including bowel cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer, brain cancer, children’s cancers and leukaemia. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke Nicki Embleton regional media relations office for Cancer Research UK.

New quit smoking campaign launched

Smokefree Sheffield has launched a new campaign that aims to empower smokers to know they are “Strong enough to quit”. Campaign organisers aim to help more people stop smoking, improve their health and wellbeing as well as save more money to their pockets. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Men sought for mental health research

Grounded Research, the research team at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humberside NHS Trust are running a new study working with and supporting men 18 and over. The Happy Healthy Strong project team are inviting men in Sheffield and the surrounding region who are currently experiencing or struggling with their mental health to get in touch to take part starting January next year. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

New Covid-19 wave expected as Omicron variant spreads

Sheffield health boss, Greg Fell, told Sheffield Live! the Omicron variant is likely to spread rapidly over the next few weeks. With cases of the new variant rising, the government has introduced new restrictions including face masks in most public indoor venues other than hospitality and people being asked to work from home where possible. The new measures could be in place for at least six weeks. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!