Category: Health

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The Political Impact of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry

Mike Cashman

What would you do, as a government, if you had wanted to do the right thing with the worst public health crisis this century, but even so had made some bad mistakes? You would hold an Inquiry to learn lessons as soon as possible. What, alternatively, would you do, if you had corruption and skulduggery […]

Are Diesel Buses just Greenwashing?

Maya Wilson-Autzen
Stagecoach Gold - 94 at Gloucester Bus Station - Elliot Brown - CC BY-SA 4.0

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) and Stagecoach West could be seen to be putting profit above planet in last year’s introduction of new diesel buses. The buses had a minor environmental upgrade – now using Euro 6 engines. This means a double decker bus, which can carry over 70 people, will give off fewer emissions than […]

M.E. Charities announce Merger

Ev Francis
Action for ME logo

Two of the major charities for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) – Action for M.E. and The ME Trust – have announced they merged on 1 February 2022 to improve access to services for people with M.E., and their families and carers. M.E., sometimes diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), is a chronic neurological condition affecting an […]

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A Wellbeing Government is the Way Forward

Paul Ryder

Prioritising ‘wellbeing’ makes sense, in our personal, social, political and international lives. The same process brings all these areas together. What is good for one is good for the other. And vice versa. A holistic approach which considers the whole life, the whole body, and the whole of society will bring the maximum degree of […]

The Health and Care Bill will kill the NHS

Mike Brooker

We are about to see the end of the NHS. Unless we stop the government’s Health & Care Bill currently going through parliament, the NHS will be all but abolished by next April. The Bill totally undermines the central principles of the NHS as envisioned by its founders – a comprehensive, publicly provided and funded service, […]

Return of a Dirty Old Man

Hadrian Cook

The legislation which allows sewage treatment works, at times of high discharge, to pour untreated effluent into our rivers and coastal waters has been in the news recently. On the recommendation of Environment (yes, environment!) Secretary, George Eustace, our elected representatives voted down an amendment to prevent such pollution. They seem to think the operation […]

Build your own Martial Arts Studio at Home

Charlene Roth

Working out at home is an excellent alternative when you can’t get to the gym. For martial artists especially, having a functional home gym is a great way to complement your regimen and to meet your fitness goals. Keeping your space safe, comfortable and productive requires some preparation though. In this article I explain what […]

Covid Testing Fails in the South West

Andrew Milroy

Ed: 24 October: Updated with latest stats from UK Health Security Agency. Ed: Please send copies of this letter to your MP and local newspaper so that we get a proper investigation. Dear Sir, Serious doubts are growing about the government policy of out-sourcing Covid testing contracts to private companies. One such company is Immensa, […]

NICE Guidelines on ME Treatment Delayed

Ev Francis

I want to begin by casting your memory back to four years. Four years ago, I sat in a neurologist’s clinic being told that the tests I’d endured were clearly not showing any reasons for my chronic fatigue, numbness and cognitive issues. The neurologist came to the conclusion that it had to be ‘Chronic Fatigue […]

Lessons from the Pandemic

Dr Phil Hammond
Lessons from the pandemic

Covid has not just been a terrible pandemic, but also a stress test for the UK and the world, exposing all our system weaknesses in coping with an unprecedented global threat, and how such a threat disproportionately harms the poorest and those who are already suffering the most. We may have all been in the same pandemic storm, but we have been in very different boats.

We must protect Immune Compromised People against Covid

A reader writes...

Ed: A reader wrote this letter to his MP the other week but the message is still relevant. We must fight Covid on many fronts, only one of which is vaccination. Many people cannot be vaccinated and need protection from those who are. Dear Dr Murrison, You told me of the long term dangers of […]

Cheltenham marks ‘Clean Air Day’

Will Luker

If you didn’t know already, the 17 June 2021 is ’Clean Air Day’ with events held across the UK to highlight why the planet needs clean up its act. Cleaning up our air is the obvious reason why this day is very important but it is much more than just talking about why clean air […]

Let’s drop ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’

Ev Francis

Write to us at editor@westenglandbylines.co.uk Last week I wrote a tweet, as I do probably once a day, sometimes more. The tweet read: “I’d like ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ (CFS) to be dropped as a term’. The tweet went viral and I felt like Piers Morgan – difference being I wasn’t spouting tedious commentary on Prince Harry […]

There are Millions Missing from their lives due to ME

A reader writes...

Ed: Updated with more links – 11 April 2021Write to us at editor@westenglandbylines.co.uk Dear Editor, #millionsMissing.  Have you heard about it? “ME/CFS”. Do you know what it is? 12 May is not only my birthday but also the sixth anniversary of Myalgic Encephomyelitis (ME) International Awareness Day for the #MillionsMissing. This has been represented in many […]