085) 27/8/21 – 25/9/21

Saturday 25th September

Parents divided over in-school vaccinations for 12-to-15-year-olds


Friday 24th

p. 11 “Schools are the second worst for Covid cases in country”


p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Cancer patient backlog”

p. 15 a letter by Anthony Clarkson, NHS Blood and Transplant, under “Tell family about your organ donor decision”

Thursday 23rd

p. 15 an anonymous letter under “Why our primary care needs a radical rethink”(author suggests ‘nationalising’ primary care.)


p. 10 “Covid’s impact on council finances revealed in report” – county

Includes sentence:This includes the current consultation into day care services for adults with complex needs in Leicester which could see the closure of nine council-run day centres in the county and their services taken over by private companies.


p. 11 “City now 18,000 homes short of government’s housing targets”

Wednesday 22nd

Pages 1, 4 and 5 “Shock as Florence, aged two…” toddler with stomach cancer and Mum’s warning


p. 7 “Could a lot of exercise be bad for your health?” – South Korean study showing higher risk of hear attack in those ‘very physically active’”

p. 20/21 “’My migraines last up to six weeks…’” – appeal for better care for migraine sufferers


Tuesday 21st

p. 10 “TV show bartender Merlin…” – bowel cancer victim, 46, raising alert

p. 15 an anonymous letter under “Easier to get into jail than my GP’s office” – = surgery,  challenging Dr Wadhawa (CCG article Sep 18th urging all to register with GP.)


“’The centre is a real success story. The council should be celebrating it instead of looking to close it’” – threat to nine day care centres for adults with complex needs in county


p. 20 “PM ‘wrong to say his plan will fix social care’”, subtitled “Charity boss says announcement will lull many into false sense of security with ‘shock’ to come” Clive Langley, chair of the Carers Centre. GOOD EXPLANATION OF GOVERNMENT’S SMOKE AND MIRRORS


Monday 20th

p. 5 “Covid vaccination at schools set to begin”


p. 7 “School is to bring back masks after Covid cases” – Ivanhoe College


Saturday 18th

p. 10/11 “Family tell of their battles to get help for mentally ill son” – after student suicide

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “NHS Trust win appeal” – Tavistock on puberty blockers

p. 17 “’Game-changer’ cancer test to seek volunteers”

p. 17 “Everyone urged to register with GP practice” https://www.pressreader.com/uk/leicester-mercury/20210918/281835761834655

Friday 17th

p. 3 “Visit to optician may have saved young Alfie’s life” – serious, but very treatable condition diagnosed


p. 11 “Volunteers wanted to give views on the NHS” – renewed appeal for people to join PPIAG group or Alliance Leadership Board

p. 12 NATIONAL “First Covid booster jabs given”

p. 12 News in brief “Ambulance crisis” – Scotland


p. 15 two letters::the CCGs under “Public invited to attend healthcare bodies’ AGM”

The organisations responsible for planning and managing healthcare across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) are holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 28 September.

Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting, which will be taking place from 10am until 11am online via Microsoft Teams.

The AGM will be an opportunity to look back at progress during 2020/21 and find out about delivery of the CCGs’ financial responsibilities.

At the meeting, the CCGs will also provide an update on their transition to an Integrated Care System and what this means for local patients.

The Chairs of LLR CCGs will be available to provide an overview of work in their areas and to answer any questions from the public during a questions and answers session.

anonymous under “Face-to-face meetings, but not always with GP” – same letter as yesterday

p. 24 “Haseeb runs…” interesting story about fundraising for Huntingdon’s patients


Thursday 16th

 p. 8 “16 variants” – of Covid, found in the UK


p. 15 two letters:David Goodger under “When NHS lifeboat sinks, who will help?”

Anonymous under “Looks like downgrading of our primary care”

p. 8 “One in 10 care home jobs at risk over jabs”

Wednesday 15th

p. 6 “Hair loss shock mum calls for return of face-to-face appointment with doctors” – let down by GP and dermatologist


p. 12 NATIONAL “Plan B unveiled for winter Covid surge” Sajid Javid

p. 15 a letter by Avril Thompson under “Breast cancer care was available to me, twice” – incl. Scar tissue care

p. 21 “Town’s MP delights in appliance of science” official opening of lab which does Covid testing

p. 24 PARENTING “How to talk to your child about their mental health”

Tuesday 14th

Apart from a Boris Johnson visit to Leicester, where he said that more Covid restrictions cannot be ruled out (p 4/5), and an item for parents about wondering whether a child’s infection is Covid (p. 29), there is today

p. 12 NATIONAL “NHS ‘is short of 50,000 doctors’”


brief “Smoking still visible” – tobacco products in shops

“School ‘jabs threats’” – pressure groups threatening schools with legal action if they participate in vaccination programmes

p. 19 “MP calls for help to get families medical cannabis”, subtitled “’Prohibitive’ £2k a month prescription fee criticised – Alberto Costa



p. 5 “Volunteers sought to help change shape of NHS care” – CCGs, Public and Patient Involvement Assurance Group


p. 9 an item about a teenager’s death by hanging at the Laurels

p. 10/11 “Our hospitals need £100m for backlog of repair works”, subtitled “Growing costs as Covid delayed maintenance”


p. 12 NATIONAL “Javid says no to vaccine passports”

Saturday 11th

p. 9 “Health groups given £1,000” – each, small community and voluntary groups, by East Midlands Academic Health Science Network

p. 15 an anonymous letter under “Surely better to carry out the surgery than ‘sticking plaster’ option” – about recent gallstone/sepsis case

p. 19 “Doctor wins a top award for Covid research

Friday 10th

p. 10 “NHS patients in private hospitals for surgery had better outcomes”, subtitled “Stays shorter and chances of readmission lower, study by university academics finds”



p. 12 “NHS waiting lists reach record high”


p 16 “Get Covid jab, new mothers and pregnant women urged”, subtitled “Vaccine safe for woman and her baby”

Thursday 9th

p. 1&6 “’I’ve almost died twice waiting for routine op’” and “Dad nearly died of sepsis…’” – should have had gallstone removed in June 2019

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Covid passport anger” – among Tory MPs

p. 15 a letter by Dr Charmaine Griffiths, BHF, under “Call on MP to address the heart care backlog

Wednesday 8th

p. 7 “Jabs can be had at hospital this week” – Loughborough

 p. 12 “Cancer drug go-ahead” – prostate cancer

 p. 15 a letter by Derek Goodwin under “No negatives from my visits to GP surgery”

p. 12 NATIONAL “Boris’ £12bn care plan breaks vow”

Tuesday 7th

p. 9 “I lived with agony…” and “Therapy offered to sufferers from breast cancer scarring pain” – not NHS, supported by MacMillan

 p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “Heart hope for cancer drug” – improved recovery after heart attack

Monday 6th

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “No decision on jabs” – for healthy 12 – 15-yerar-olds

p. 19 “School vaccine catch-up clinics are big success” – HPV, flu, meningitis, anything missed because of Covid

Saturday 4th

“Bid to storm health HQ” – anti-vaccers

“Care reforms ‘must be properly funded’” – Justice Secretary Robert Buckland

 Brief: “Homes closure warning” – over compulsory staff vaccination

Friday 3rd

. 11 “’GP would not see me over lump which they said was an infection. It was cancer. Now I’ve been given a year to live’” – a horrific case; he had pleaded to be seen

p. 15 a short, pithy, nameless letter under “Clear who’s to blame for shortages in NHS”

Thursday 2nd

letter Suresh Chauhan under “Thanks to PM, it’s now another all-year-round crisis” – long and mostly about the NHS

Wednesday 1st

Pages 10/11 “Inside children’s heart unit after move to its new home”


p. 13 WORLD “EU reaches Covid jab goal” – 70% of adults (but, according to the radio, very big differences between countries, with some Eastern European ones lagging far behind)

August 31st

Pages 1, 4 and 5 “Freak bike accident forever changed my life” – rare mobility syndrome and family fundraising for physiotherapy as young victim has only had six sessions under NHS in 12 months +

p. 5 “ Tool launched to tackle discrimination in NHS” – among staff

p. 10 an item about a student winning national award for device stemming bleeding in stab wounds

p. 12 “’Test your children for Covid regularly” – Gavin Williamson

p. 15 an unnamed letter under “Why are we still not able to see GPs?” – 19 days wait for telephone consultation

August 30th

all of pages 6 and 7 about Hospital Close falling into utter dereliction. These are the houses built for employees at the General built in the 1970 and 80s, by the look of it deliberately neglected in the 2000s and finally sold to the city council.When the sale was finally sorted, Covid struck, but the earlier neglect was probably because it suited the NHS planners.


August 28th

p. 5 “Child health views wanted” – county council consultation

 . 20 “’Stay away from A&E if it’s not a real emergency” George Eliot Hospital

“’I had just five days to move disabled siblings up from London, or lose offer of a flat…” – Charnwood Borough

August 27th

Pages 1 and 4 “’Exam parties are behind sharp rise in Covid rate’” and “‘Live with Covid, but don’t forget it’s still with us’” – Mike Sandys

p. 8/9 “Clinics offer children jab as infection rate on rise”

p. 12 NATIONAL “Radio host died due to jab complications” – blood clot on brain

p. 12 NATIONAL, brief “NHS shortages worse” – staff shortages