Iain Duncan Smith has said the NHS

The NHS “crisis” is being caused because patients are going to A&E for ailments that would have been treated by a GP 20 years ago, Iain Duncan Smith has said.

Niall during a boxing session in Romford

Ding ding ding, week two of my resolutions challenge is well under way and I’m pleased to report I haven’t strayed from either of my pledges so far.

Whipps Cross Hospital, in Leytonstone, cancelled 28 urgent operations in November. Photo: PA

An A&E serving thousands of people across Wanstead and Woodford has been hit hard by what one charity executive dubbed “a humanitarian crisis”.

King George Hospital

Important funding for the trust that runs Redbridge’s healthcare is at risk after it failed to meet targets on cancer waiting times.

Swing Train class in action. Picture: Swing Patrol

An innovative style of cardio fitness featured on BBC Two’s Dragon’ Den made its exclusive debut in the borough last weekend.

London Ambulance

The chief executive of Redbridge Healthwatch has said A&E departments must keep their four hour target for treating patients, amidst claims of an NHS “crisis”.

Working the bag during my boxing lesson with Robin Dupre

We all know new year resolutions rarely last longer than a couple weeks but this year I’m determined to stick to my goals and I hope it can help you do the same.

King George Hospital

The NHS trust which serves Redbridge is forking out up to £47 an hour for agency staff, and failing to meet government pay targets for locum doctors.

Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

A lack of compassion, staff shortages across the board and accusations of bullying were just some of the concerns raised in a damning report on Whipps Cross hospital.

The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed at St Paul's Cathedral in central London. One of the quilts was displayed in Redbridge Central Library. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA

An iconic quilt panel, commemorating the lives of those lost to the AIDS epidemic in the UK, will be on display in Ilford tomorrow.

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting promoting his campaign to save King George Hospital's A&E in Barkingside this week.

A petition to save the borough’s only A&E will be visiting 35,000 Redbridge homes in the coming weeks.

Goodmayes Hospital, where Nelft are based.

Care provided to a father of three found dead soon after being hospitalised following a suicide attempt was “not appropriate”, an inquest has heard.

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting with Kaleigh's bear, and Scott Lau. Mr Streeting has campaigned for more funding into DIPG.

Kaleigh is a six-year-old girl who lives in my constituency of Ilford North.

X Factor star Emily Middlemas with Kaleigh. Kaleigh loves singing and music.

The parents of a six-year-old girl with an incurable cancerous tumour are urging Recorder readers to sign their petition for more research into the condition.

First generation rotational nurse Sally Barbrook, Nelft's rotational nurse lead Paul Chesnaye and rotational nurse Kate Channells at Goodmayes Hospital, Barley Lane, Goodmayes.

Nurses across the borough now have the opportunity to be trained in both mental and physical health simultaneously in a ground-breaking new training scheme.

King George Hospital, in Goodmayes.

Veteran Ilford South MP Mike Gapes has stressed plans to close Redbridge’s only A&E department must face “the hard test of reality” before the move goes ahead.

King George Hospital, in Goodmayes.

A provisional date has been set for the full closure of the A&E at King George Hospital – summer 2019.

The Brookside adolescent mental health unit in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, has reopened following an extensive refurbishment.

A mental health unit for teenagers which was closed after a damning inspection earlier this year has reopened following a complete refurbishment.

Crowds at the Redbridge Institute's mental health festival on Thursday.

Free manicures, massages and even lessons in reiki and meditation were on offer for free at the borough’s second annual mental health festival on Thursday.

23 per cent of Redbridge's Year 6 pupils are obese, higher than the national average. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Child obesity in Year 6 pupils across the borough has increased again this year – and is above the national average – according to the latest figures.

BHRUT chief executive Matthew Hopkins.

The ball is finally rolling on long-rumoured plans to close the A&E at King George Hospital, as the date when overnight closure could become a reality has been revealed.

Nelft staff including social media officer Kyle Grieve (centre), celebrating the success of the trust's social media week.

The trust which runs Redbridge’s mental health services is celebrating the success of its first ever social media week over half term.

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting outside the entrance of King George Hospital Picture: Geoff Wilson

Ilford North MP Wes Streeting has claimed the government is not doing enough to support NHS services in Redbridge.

Redbridge Town Hall

A High Court judge has criticised Redbridge Council social services bosses over their handling of a case involving a two-year-old girl who may be taken from the care of her mother.

Ryedale care home in Ilford

A former employee at a closing care home has claimed the institution’s closure will come as a relief to members of staff.

Redbridge CCG's cancer care has been graded

Redbridge is one of 24 areas across the country that have the greatest need for improvement when it comes to cancer care, a new report from NHS England has revealed.

The Drive Surgery has received a 'requires improvement' rating from the Care Quality Commission

A “cramped” GP surgery failing to immediately address patient risks has been ordered to improve by inspectors.

Simon Peter Harris

The grandmother of a 30-year-old man who took his own life in Goodmayes Hospital says she feels “sick to her stomach” that lessons have not been learnt.

Goodmayes Hospital, where Nelft are based.

Vulnerable patients at risk of hanging themselves were not kept safe by the borough’s mental health trust, an inspection has found.

Gable Court Nursing Home, Roxy Avenue, Chadwell Heath

A care home nurse, who ignored 400 calls for help of a “very vulnerable” resident lying in pain overnight, has been suspended for six months.

Maira in the Texan children's hospital where she is currently staying.

The family of an Pakistani girl who featured in the Recorder last year are hoping to raise nearly £2 million for their daughter’s operation.

Dr Kawa Amin, geriatric consultant physician, and Debbie Watkins, senior physiotherapist, co-ordinators of BHRUT's falls unit.

For many elderly people, having a fall is a nightmare that could see them lose their independence.

A disabled pensioner was left

A disabled pensioner was left “very distressed” after receiving a letter from the council mistakenly saying she had to pay thousands of pounds or see her care suspended.

Andrew Stokes is raising money so he can afford to use SightPlus technology which helps him see.

A man who suffers from a rare eye condition is raising money to help him afford a new technology which enables him to see.

Charlotte Crowl and Ilford South MP Mike Gapes at an NHS blood donation event in the Houses of Parliament in May

A cancer survivor who wrote a book about her experience wants to inspire others to “hold on to life” while battling the disease.

Matthew Hopkins, Chief Executive of Queen’s and King George hospitals

Staff sick days at the borough’s two health trusts have gone down over the past year – but both remain in the top five highest in the region.

Tea expert Mark Nicholls holding a tea masterclass in the Valentines Mansion

Most Brits could not do without their regular cuppa to start the day, but how many know the history of the nation’s favourite drink?

Pastor Stephen Derbyshire standing outside the building during the final stages of its construction

A church is to hold an official opening ceremony for its multi-million pound building tomorrow (Saturday).

Maria Savva and Artist Amanda Seljubac at an Art workshop at Valentines Mansion in Ilford.

People enjoyed learning the intricate art of fused glass under the watchful eye of an expert studio artist on Tuesday.

Members of the Redbridge Women's International Zionist Organisation (WIZO) with their guest speaker at their Strawberry tea fundraiser at Old Parkonians Association in Barkingside

Boiling hot weather was a bonus for the women of Redbridge Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO) as they hosted a strawberry tea with a special guest.

Bianca Andrei, from Chigwell School, was the only girl in the British team taking part in the International Physics Olympiad in Zurich.

An 18-year-old pupil representing the UK won a bronze medal at an international physics competition in Zurich.

Landmark locations across Redbridge. The old Wanstead Hospital building

A hospital ward which has been empty for months could be used to house blood testing and physiotherapy services.

Love Parks Week Woodland Craft Fair at the Hainault Forest Country Park. Geordie of the Green Man Tree Company carves an owl

Willow-weaving, bodging and spoon-making were just some of the rustic activities on offer at a woodland craft fair on Saturday.

Manager of Fruit and Vegtable store A&C Fruiterers, Alan Neat celebrates 45 years of working at the store. Alan Neat and his staff in the store

Customers at one of the borough’s longest running businesses may have noticed an unusual party atmosphere this weekend.

The patients at the Ilford Medical Centre in Cleveland Road,  holding a fete to raise awareness for cardio vascular disease.
Yasmin Choudhury, and Shapna Hussain, from East London Genes & Health.

Patients at an Ilford doctor’s surgery held a summer fete to raise awareness of cardio vascular disease and other afflictions.

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