“Our Health or Our Homes”: Tenants Facing Eviction Help Introduce New “Keeping Renters Safe Act”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: As the Delta variant continues to surge across the United States, so too has the housing and eviction crisis. More than 11 million U.S. households are now behind on rent, and studies show about 80% of those being evicted are Black or Latinx, the majority single women with children. Despite data linking evictions to a rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths, the Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s temporary extension of eviction bans last month. This week, Congressmember Cori Bush and Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced the Keeping Renters Safe Act to reinstate the…

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“9/11’s Unsettled Dust”: Bush’s EPA Hid Health Risks from Toxic Dust at Ground Zero & Thousands Died

As this week marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we look at an enraging new documentary, “9/11’s Unsettled Dust,” on the impact of the toxic, cancer-causing smoke and dust that hung over ground zero and how the Environmental Protection Agency put Wall Street’s interests before public health and told people the air was safe to breathe. One of the key figures in the film is Democracy Now! co-host Juan González, who was among the first to expose the public health and environmental crisis at ground zero in a series of reports for the New York Daily News. He says the intense backlash from the mayor’s…

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A national health body seems set to throw millions of people under the bus

Support us and go ad-freeThe National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has caused uproar among chronically ill and disabled people. This is because it’s delayed the release of crucial treatment guidelines. And as many people are pointing out, the reason for the delay is potentially toxic. Myalgic encephalomyelitis: ME/CFS Myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly referred to as ME, is a chronic systemic neuroimmune disease. The latest research says it affects at least 65 million people worldwide and around 250,000 people in the UK. But the numbers could be underestimates. Some research puts the number of undiagnosed ME cases at 80%. Meanwhile, other studies show a prevalence rate in…

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Marcus Rashford urges health professionals to help families sign up for food vouchers

Support us and go ad-freeFootballer Marcus Rashford has urged health professionals to help get more families in need signed up to a government-backed food voucher scheme. Health drive The England and Manchester United player said he’s concerned that more than 40% of those eligible for the Healthy Start scheme are still not registered. He said that while thousands more have been benefiting from it after concerted efforts last year it’s possible numbers are now “plateauing”. In an open letter to health professionals published in the BMJ he said: Since November 2020, members of the Child Food Poverty Taskforce have used their channels and platforms to communicate about the…

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“The Ants and the Grasshopper”: Raj Patel’s New Film Aims to “Decolonize” Climate & Health Solutions

We look at a groundbreaking new documentary on the climate crisis and the global food system, “The Ants and the Grasshopper,” which follows the journey of a Malawian farmer as she tries to end hunger and gender inequality in her village, and tackle climate change in the United States. “In this film, what we’re trying to do is decolonize the view of how it is that we fix the climate crisis and the health crisis by foregrounding the wisdom of peasants from around the world, whether they’re in the United States or from Malawi,” says co-director Raj Patel. Source link

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NHS is as stretched now as it was in January – health leaders

Support us and go ad-freeAccording to health leaders, the NHS is as stretched now as it was at the height of the pandemic in January. They added that things will get worse before they get better. Summer crisis In a letter to prime minister Boris Johnson, chancellor Rishi Sunak, health secretary Sajid Javid, chief secretary to the treasury Steve Barclay, and NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens, NHS Providers said a combination of pressures are being experienced by the health service. The letter said: This combination means that many trust chief executives are saying that the overall level of pressure they are now experiencing is, although very different…

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Health unions to consult over industrial action following insulting 3% pay rise

Support us and go ad-freeHealth unions are to consult their members regarding industrial action following the “insulting” 3% pay offer for England. Nurses, paramedics, consultants, dentists and salaried GPs come under the new pay deal. Pat Cullen, interim general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said the 3% was far below what was needed by nurses, who have worked throughout the pandemic and are facing serious staff shortages due to a high number of vacancies. Shambolic Asked if industrial action can be expected, she told BBC Breakfast we will put that to our nurses next week in a consultative ballot and they will decide. She added:…

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We need real opposition to stop Sajid Javid’s Health and Care Bill wrecking the NHS

Support us and go ad-freeIn October 2020 and March 2021, The Canary reported on an attempted right-wing takeover of the Socialist Health Association (SHA) which would silence Labour opposition to NHS privatisation. The SHA was instrumental in establishing the NHS in 1948. This week, the Tory-sponsored Health and Care Bill passed its second reading in parliament. A bill that, if enacted, could downgrade the NHS to more closely reflect the profit-driven US healthcare system. Meanwhile, as the threat of NHS privatisation has become imminent, Labour seems to be dragging its heels. If people care about the NHS, now is the time to get active. Because if not, this latest…

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Health and Care Bill seeks to add more political interference into the NHS

Support us and go ad-freeThe Health and Care Bill from the Department for Health and Social Care is coming in for criticism from campaigners. The bill has hit headlines recently with worries about privatisation and contracts available without tender. However, there’s a lot more to worry about here. As part of The Canary’s #followthemoney series, our investigative unit has been monitoring how NHS services are already partly run by private companies. These companies are one of the many examples that show parts of the NHS are already up for profit. The Health and Care Bill is under criticism from campaigners who worry about what looks like a major upheaval…

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Health Minister Bethell under pressure as two inquiries launched

Support us and go ad-freePressure is mounting on Health Minister lord James Bethell following the launch of two official investigations in which he is expected to feature. The Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham announced she is mounting a formal inquiry into the use of private correspondence channels in the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). It follows reports that Bethell and former health secretary Matt Hancock routinely used private email accounts to discuss government business. Breaches At the same time, the Lords Commissioner for Standards is investigating a complaint that the peer sponsored a parliamentary pass for the aide Hancock was caught kissing on leaked CCTV footage. Hancock’s…

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