Flashback: An Ilford hypnotist helps an arthritic lady, harsh words for Bill Grundy and a health authority is slammed

PUBLISHED: 15:03 04 March 2018

Photo: Cosmic Ballet

Photo: Cosmic Ballet


A look back at the biggest stories of the week 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

1958: A 40-year-old arthritic lady lay down her walking sticks after being treated by an Ilford hypnotherapist.

Osteopath and hypnotherapist Mr Percy Ager, of York Road, began treating the patient in November 1957.

Injections and Schroth treatment – a combination of dieting combined with wet packs – failed to alleviate the woman’s pain.

But her condition improved when Mr Ager began using hypnosis to manipulate her ankle, which without hypnosis would cause her considerable pain.

1978: Ilford North constituents expressed outrage following unfavourable coverage from late TV presenter Bill Grundy on the eve of a by-election.

Bill Grundy, who passed away in 1993 aged 69, was most known for a infamous interview with punk band the Sex Pistols littered with four-letter words.

Covering Ilford North on his Thames as six programmes, he said: “The property is old and decaying, and the feeling that you’re entering a town in the grip of a depression is hard to escape.”

“The Seven Kings district is an example. Its railway station looks as though it had died a particularly debilitating disease.”

“I know what I would like to tell him”, said Redbridge’s Mayor at the time Cllr Arthur Barker. “But you couldn’t print it.”

He added: “They seem to have filmed the worst parts of the borough. It’s not fair.”

“He went out of his way to make the area look depressed.”

1998: A former cabinet minister for health slammed a Redbridge and Waltham Forest Health authority as being the worst in the country, claimed a Unison representative.

Former Labour Health Secretary Frank Dobson was said to have made the accusation during a meeting with health service representatives from Whipps Cross Hospital.

Unison’s John Boxley said: “Mr Dobson told us he believes Redbridge and Waltham Forest Health Authority is in a bigger mess than any other authority in the country.”

During the meeting the Secretary of State was presented with met with anger from a 100 strong group of angry protestors complaining at £14.5 million of cuts which were due to be made.

The Health Authority no longer exists as the NHS has since undergone a fundamental restructure in 2013.

Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group are now responsible for deciding which health services are provided in the borough.

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