Safety

Four In Five Disabled People Feel Anxious About Using Public Transport, Says Study

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  By Cathy Adams in The Independent.   Four in five disabled people have felt anxious about using public transport, according to a wide-ranging new study about disability and travel, while three in five have felt scared. Research from equality charity Scope shows that the majority of disabled people face problems when using public transport, with […]

CPS Concern Over Huge Drop In Police Disability Hate Crime Cases

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service. The Crown Prosecution Service has joined a leading disabled campaigner in raising concerns about a huge fall in the number of disability hate crime cases passed by police forces to prosecutors. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) annual hate crime report for 2018-19 revealed this week that […]

Calls For Fresh Law To Tackle Pavement Parking

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  By Stuart Minting in The Press.   FRESH laws are needed to tackle the problem of motorists parking on pavements – according to a council meeting. North Yorkshire County councillors were told residents including children, wheelchair users and pedestrians face significant issues created by inconsiderately parked cars. And that the problem was present in […]

URGENT RECALL Two New Alerts Over Common Heartburn Drug Recalled Over Cancer Fears – Including Boots And Morrison Own-Brands

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    By Lizzie Parry in The Sun.   COMMON heartburn drugs sold over-the-counter have been urgently recalled – over fears they could contain cancer-causing chemicals. It’s the third major recall of its kind, six types of prescription-only Zantac were recalled earlier this month. Now, six more products have been added to the list, the Medicines and […]

Aids And Equipment For Managing Fatigue

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        By Pippa, in Life of Pippa.   [AD] This piece is sponsored by CareCo Ltd and features affiliate links. More information can be found at the bottom of this post! Something that comes up a lot in conversation is how I negotiate living independently whilst dealing with long-term chronic fatigue. And whilst that’s […]

Trial By Error: Bristol’s Report Due Soon; Slides From My Oxford Talk

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  By David Tuller, DrPH A day of reckoning could be coming for Bristol University and Professor Esther Crawley, the ethically challenged pediatrician whose work has come under official scrutiny (that is, under scrutiny from people with greater authority than me) on multiple fronts. According to the Health Research Authority, the National Health Service unit […]

Legal Firm Hands Out Cameras To Help Disabled Passengers Prove Discrimination

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   Disabled people who experience repeated discrimination on public transport are being offered a camera to record video evidence for possible legal cases. Legal firm Fry Law, which specialises in disability discrimination cases, is hoping some of the evidence produced can then be used to bring cases […]

Disability Hate Crime: Number Of Reports Rising

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From BBC News. Shocking but not surprising is how one campaigner has described a rise in disability hate crimes. Research by learning disability charity United Response found there were more than 6,000 reported cases in 2018-19, a rise of just under 12% in a year. The police force area with the largest number was West […]

Pavement Parking in York

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  PAVEMENT PARKING UPDATE FOR FULFORD AREA. Just to keep you up to date, I’ve received the following, and have asked to be kept in touch with any further action is taken, as their action must be proactive. If we call 101 as suggested, we can’t wait for the incident to be attended, as we […]

MPs Call For Overdue Government Action To Ban Pavement Parking

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.     A committee of MPs has called on the government to ban parking on pavements, after hearing how the practice was putting disabled people all over the country in stressful, inconvenient and even dangerous situations. The Commons transport committee says in a new report that pavement parking […]

York-Based GP Service Doc-OneStop Put Patients At ‘Risk Of Serious Harm’

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    By Ed Horner in York Press.   AN ONLINE GP service in York has had its registration suspended after it was found to be putting patients at “risk of serious harm”. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated the care provided by Doc-OneStop to be ‘inadequate’, following an inspection carried out in July 2019. […]

New App To Help Mobility Aid Users “Take Back Their Streets” By Reporting Illegal Parking

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  By Calvin Barnett in Thiis.   A new app giving disabled people the power to report parking infringements to their local councils is hoping to stop situations where people using mobility devices are forced to make unsafe manoeuvres to get past illegally parked vehicles. Developed by brother and sister team Alex Mühlhölzl, Chief Operating […]

Consultation Regarding Accessibility at Clifford’s Tower Area York

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  As you may know, a consultation process is under way with regard to the revamping of Clifford’s Tower area of York. This week I was invited by English Heritage to add my input with regard to accessibility for the area. The revamp will include removing the car park currently alongside the tower, which is […]

Trial By Error: An Open Letter To Dr Godlee About BMJ’s Ethically Bankrupt Actions

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      By David Tuller, DrPH I have sent the following letter to Dr Fiona Godlee, editorial director of BMJ, about Archives of Disease in Childhood’s egregious decision to re-publish Bristol University’s Lightning Process trial with the original findings intact. Given the Bristol team’s flagrant methodological violations, the journal should have retracted the paper. […]

Video: Sliding Bollards To Protect York From Terrorist Attacks

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  By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix.   Permanent bollards could be installed on city centre streets to protect the area from terrorist attacks – if plans are approved by senior councillors. And the council will also work with the Counter Terrorism Unit to look at measures to protect Christmas shoppers this year. Permanent bollards will be installed […]

‘Dangerous’ Dockless Bikes Blocking Streets, Say Disability Activists

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  By Ella Wills BBC News.   Registered as blind for 15 years, Deborah Persaud travels around London with guide dog Lewis by her side. But on recent walks to work, the pair have faced a new challenge on pavements – dockless bikes for hire. “Lewis has to navigate around them [and] we often end up […]

Are Shared E-Scooters Good For The Planet ? Only If They Replace Car Trips

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  By Jeremiah Johnson, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University.   Shared dockless electric scooters, or e-scooters, transport riders over short distances in cities. Ride share companies promote them as an environmentally friendly choice that reduces dependence on cars. To properly assess these claims, it’s important to consider all relevant environmental factors, including the materials and energy […]

Heatwaves And Flash Floods: Yes, This Is Britain’s ‘New Normal’

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  By Hayley J. Fowler in The Conversation.   “It’s hard to believe, isn’t it, that we had a heatwave just last week?” Those words were spoken by a BBC news presenter, in front of graphic images of fire service rescues, as heavy rain caused floods and landslides which closed many roads and railway lines. In […]

More Than Half Of Disabled Passengers Still Find Air Travel Difficult, Says Regulator

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   More than half of passengers who describe themselves as having an impairment that limits their day-today activity find travelling by air difficult, according to a regulator’s annual report on access at the UK’s major airports. The Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) annual report on disability access contains […]

Potential Dangers Of Exercise Or Activity For ME And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    From the How To Get On Blog.   We are taught that exercise is supposed to make us feel better. Staying active is supposed to make us healthier. Getting out of bed is supposed to improve our quality of life. Sadly, for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,” the opposite can […]

Practical Solutions To Everyday Spoonie Problems

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Having a chronic illness means everyday tasks can be challenging, exhausting and painful. But there are steps we can take to make life easier, to limit the stress caused and to conserve our energy for more enjoyable activities. Here are some practical solutions to […]

Tech Tent: Should You Trust Smart Machines ?

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    By Rory Cellan-Jones in BBC News. Should you be asking a voice-activated speaker intimate questions about your health? And is it important that the scientists behind AI systems actually understand how they work? These are two questions we seek to answer in this week’s Tech Tent podcast. Listen to the latest Tech Tent podcast on BBC […]

Opioid Painkillers: Doctors Urged To Be More Vigilant With Prescriptions – This Is Why

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    By Rachel Moss in Huffpost.   The amount of opioids doctors are prescribing patients has significantly increased over the past decade, potentially contributing to the rise of opioid misuse and addiction, new research suggests. Worldwide, the use of prescription opioid painkillers more than doubled between 2001 and 2013. The researchers said in some […]

DWP Admits Destroying Report On Safety Failings In Jobcentres

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      By John Pring in Disability News Service.   The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) destroyed a damaging internal report about its failure to ensure the safety of benefit claimants in jobcentres, preventing it being released under freedom of information laws. The report into safeguarding failures in south London jobcentres was written […]

Massive Increase In Cyber Crime In York

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  By Chloe Laversuch in YorkMix.   Cyber crime in York has increased by nearly 85 per cent in the past year – because it is seen as a wealthy area with “less tech-savvy” residents, according to police. Assistant chief constable Ciaron Irvine told a meeting that there has been a “significant increase” in scams – particularly […]

Manchester Airport Disability Service Left Woman ‘Humiliated’

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    From BBC News.   A woman with chronic fatigue syndrome has accused Manchester Airport of treating her like “cargo” and “cattle” following a long-haul flight. Jessica Stafford, 29, booked a special assistance service as she needed help to move through the airport. But she found the experience “distressing” and “humiliating” after being asked […]

Five Things To Consider Before Speed Limiters Are Added To Cars

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    By John McDermid in The Conversation.   The recent announcement that EU rules for fitting speed limiters to new cars from 2022 will be adopted by the UK was welcomed by many, including the European Transport Safety Council, as a move that will save lives. However, not everyone is convinced by this “guardian angel” technology. […]

York City legend Andy McMillan Aims To Save NHS Thousands A Day

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    By Dave Flett in The Press. HE once tackled the likes of Ryan Giggs and Anders Limpar for the Minstermen, but Andy McMillan is now hoping to stop the city’s germs and bacteria in their tracks. The York City legend is taking a break from football to concentrate on an exciting new business […]

DVLA Driving Licence ALERT: Medical Conditions You Need To Inform The DVLA To Avoid A Fine

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By Luke John Smith in The Express.   MOTORISTS in the UK are required to inform the DVLA about a number of medical conditions as they could affect the way you drive and you could be fined £1,000 if you fail to do so.   Motorists could receive a fine of up to £1,000 for […]

Warning Over Scam Emails Claiming To Be From City Of York Council

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    By Simon Walton in York Press.   Fraudsters are sending fake emails claiming to be from City of York Council. The scam messages purport to be about council tax refunds – but they are trying to trick people into sharing confidential data. A spokesperson for City of York Council said: “Scammers are sending fake […]

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