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.
Over a hundred doctors, nurses and supporters took part in a weekend demonstration outside Sheffield City Hall calling on the government to offer a substantial pay rise to NHS workers. The protest comes as pay increases have been agreed for other public sector workers whilst NHS staff remain on a three year agreement to be reviewed in April 2021. Ruby Midgley, a staff nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals told Sheffield Live! she feels let down by the government. Baillor Jalloh reports.
A Sheffield nurse has spoken to Sheffield Live! about the challenges facing doctors, nurses and other NHS staff and has called on people to follow the public health guidelines on staying at home. Rosaline Bazzie, who works as a staff nurse at the Northern General Hospital, said the job has been challenging recently due to a lack of sufficient personal protective equipment but she said there has been significant improvement over the last week. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Nether Edge and Sharrow councillor, Jim Steinke, has told Sheffield Live! the city’s hospitals are well place to tackle the expected number of coronavirus patients. On Wednesday, Sheffield was reported to have the highest level of coronavirus infections per head of population outside of London with 62 confirmed cases per 100,000 people, according to figures released by Public Health England. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Students at the University of Sheffield have launched an action group to defend the NHS with over 100 students joining since its launch at the start of the university term. Founder and medical student Dan Veness told Sheffield Live! the group plans to work alongside the Sheffield Save Our NHS campaign and has the backing of the Sheffield Students Union. Azz Mohammed reports.
The NHS in England have unveiled a new 10-year plan which it says could save up to half a million lives by focusing on prevention and early detection. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Surgeons and kidney patients gathered at Kenwood Hotel in Nether Edge to celebrate 50 years of kidney transplants in Sheffield. The first successful transplant in Sheffield was carried out in 1968 at a time when success rates were very low. In the last year the NHS performed 81 transplants with a 90 per cent success rate. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to retired kidney transplant surgeon Andrew Raftery.
Sheffield’s NHS walk-in centre and minor injuries unit are to remain open for at least two years as health bosses back down on closure plans. The reprieve agreed by the Clinical Commissioning Group follows months of protests and provides time for a review of the business case to be carried out next year. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Beneficiaries of organ donation are supporting a week long NHS-led campaign to promote voluntary registration as an organ donor in the event of death. Just over one in three adults are currently registered as organ donors with the government considering replacing current arrangements with an opt out system where people would be automatically included with the option to withdraw. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Sam Blackburn, a recipient who received a kidney donation in 2008.
NHS campaigners mounted a demonstration against plans to close the Minor Injuries Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the Walk-in Centre on Broad Lane. The rally was held as the Primary Care Commissioning Committee met to review independent analysis of feedback following a public consultation on the proposals. The Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group said, in a statement, that over 2,000 responses were received to the formal consultation and they will be considering next steps for responding to the issues raised. Campaigners say plans to move the services to Northern General Hospital will cause difficulties for many as well as pressure on hospital services. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Alistair Tice of Save Our NHS.